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Cognitive psychology

Section edited by Keith Laws

This section covers all areas encompassing cognitive psychology. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, cognitive neuropsychology, language, memory, problem solving and thinking to name a few.

  1. Content type: Research article

    Media multitasking (MMT)—using and switching between unrelated forms of media—has been implicated in altered processing of extraneous stimuli, resulting in performance deficits. Here, we sought to extend our p...

    Authors: Richard B. Lopez, Julia M. Salinger, Todd F. Heatherton and Dylan D. Wagner

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2018 6:44

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  2. Content type: Research article

    Subjectively perceived memory problems (memory-related Subjective Cognitive Symptoms/SCS) can be an indicator of a pre-prodromal or prodromal stage of a neurodegenerative disease such as Alzheimer’s disease. W...

    Authors: Tobias Luck, Susanne Roehr, Francisca S. Rodriguez, Matthias L. Schroeter, A. Veronica Witte, Andreas Hinz, Anja Mehnert, Christoph Engel, Markus Loeffler, Joachim Thiery, Arno Villringer and Steffi G. Riedel-Heller

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2018 6:23

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  3. Content type: Research article

    The extensive keeping of companion animals and the substantial monetary amount we spend on these animals indicate that they are highly valued. Although the benefits humans derive from keeping cats and dogs hav...

    Authors: Ruben Hoffmann, Carl Johan Lagerkvist, Malin Hagberg Gustavsson and Bodil S. Holst

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2018 6:15

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  4. Content type: Study protocol

    Healthy aging is associated with a decline in multiple functional domains including perception, attention, short and long-term memory, reasoning, decision-making, as well as cognitive and motor control functio...

    Authors: Thomas VanVleet, Michelle Voss, Sawsan Dabit, Alex Mitko and Joseph DeGutis

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2018 6:22

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Arguments for including mindfulness instruction in higher education have included claims about the benefits of mindfulness practice for critical thinking. While there is theoretical support for this claim, emp...

    Authors: Chris Noone and Michael J. Hogan

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2018 6:13

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  6. Content type: Research article

    The Ruff Figural Fluency Test (RFFT; a pencil and paper test) and the CogState (a computerized cognitive test battery) are well-validated and suitable tests to evaluate cognitive functioning in large observati...

    Authors: Jisca S. Kuiper, Richard C. Oude Voshaar, Floor E. A. Verhoeven, Sytse U. Zuidema and Nynke Smidt

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2017 5:15

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Approximately 3.8 million sport and recreational concussions occur per year, creating a need for accurate diagnosis and management of concussions. Researchers and clinicians are exploring the potential dose-re...

    Authors: Trevor Barker, Stephen A. Russo, Gaytri Barker, Mark A. Rice Jr., Mary G. Jeffrey, Gordon Broderick and Travis J. A. Craddock

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2017 5:14

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Some studies have indicated that social engagement is associated with better cognitive outcomes. This study aimed to investigate associations between life-course social engagement (civic participation) and cog...

    Authors: Ann Bowling, Jitka Pikhartova and Brian Dodgeon

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2016 4:58

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  9. Content type: Research article

    The speed and precision with which objects are moved by hand or hand-tool interaction under image guidance depend on a specific type of visual and spatial sensorimotor learning. Novices have to learn to optima...

    Authors: Anil Ufuk Batmaz, Michel de Mathelin and Birgitta Dresp-Langley

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2016 4:55

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  10. Content type: Editorial

    Modern psychology is apparently in crisis and the prevailing view is that this partly reflects an inability to replicate past findings. If a crisis does exists, then it is some kind of ‘chronic’ crisis, as psy...

    Authors: Keith R. Laws

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2016 4:30

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Tai Chi practice has some fitness, wellness, and general cognitive effects in older adults. However, benefits of Tai Chi on specific mental-attentional executive processes have not been investigated previously. W...

    Authors: Theresa H. M. Kim, Juan Pascual-Leone, Janice Johnson and Hala Tamim

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2016 4:29

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  12. Content type: Research article

    The testing effect is the finding that information that is retrieved during learning is more often correctly retrieved on a final test than information that is restudied. According to the semantic mediator hyp...

    Authors: Leonora C. Coppens, Peter P. J. L. Verkoeijen, Samantha Bouwmeester and Remy M. J. P. Rikers

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2016 4:25

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  13. Content type: Study protocol

    While most modern research focuses on the clinical benefits of mindfulness, an emerging body of work suggests that mindfulness can facilitate self-regulation of everyday thinking in typically developing indivi...

    Authors: Chris Noone and Michael J. Hogan

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2016 4:17

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Second generation antipsychotics (SGAs) are increasingly utilized in Bipolar Disorder (BD) but are potentially associated with cognitive side effects. Also linked to cognitive deficits associated with SGA-trea...

    Authors: Stephanie A. Flowers, Kelly A. Ryan, Zongshan Lai, Melvin G. McInnis and Vicki L. Ellingrod

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2016 4:14

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Chronic musculoskeletal pain (CMSKP) is attentionally demanding, complex and multi-factorial; neuroimaging research in the population seen in pain clinics is sparse. A better understanding of the neural activi...

    Authors: Ann M. Taylor, Ashley D. Harris, Alice Varnava, Rhiannon Phillips, Owen Hughes, Antony R. Wilkes, Judith E. Hall and Richard G. Wise

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2016 4:5

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  16. Content type: Research article

    It has been proposed that children with Specific Language Impairment (SLI) have a selective deficit in procedural learning, with relatively spared declarative learning. In previous studies we and others confir...

    Authors: Dorothy V M Bishop and Hsinjen Julie Hsu

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2015 3:3

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  17. Content type: Technical advance

    The experimental methods currently used for assessing motivational processes in humans have two major limitations. Some of them rely on global subjective assessments while others evaluate these processes using...

    Authors: Bruno Aouizerate, Camille Gouzien, Olivier Doumy, Pierre Philip, Catherine Semal, Laurent Demany, Pier Vincenzo Piazza and Daniela Cota

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2014 2:23

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Physical activity is a key component of exploration and development. Poor motor proficiency, by limiting participation in physical and social activities, can therefore contribute to poor psychological and soci...

    Authors: Patricia K Kitsao-Wekulo, Penny A Holding, Hudson Gerry Taylor, Jane D Kvalsvig and Kevin J Connolly

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2013 1:29

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  19. Content type: Research article

    The size and emotion effect is the tendency for children to draw people and other objects with a positive emotional charge larger than those with a negative or neutral charge. Here we explored the novel idea t...

    Authors: Andrew K Dunn, Nicola Taylor and Thom Baguley

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2013 1:21

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Previous studies have shown that adverse conditions during fetal and early life are associated with lower performance on neurocognitive tests in childhood, adolescence and adult life. There is, however, a pauc...

    Authors: Jens Christoffer Skogen, Simon Øverland, A David Smith, Arnstein Mykletun and Robert Stewart

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2013 1:16

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  21. Content type: Commentary

    Psychology has been historically plagued by the under-reporting of both replications and null findings. The avoidance of these core ingredients of scientific practice means that the psychology literature is un...

    Authors: Keith R Laws

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2013 1:2

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Facial emotion recognition depends on cortical and subcortical networks. HIV infection of the central nervous system can damage these networks, leading to impaired facial emotion recognition.

    Authors: Eleonora Baldonero, Nicoletta Ciccarelli, Massimiliano Fabbiani, Manuela Colafigli, Erika Improta, Alessandro D’Avino, Annalisa Mondi, Roberto Cauda, Simona Di Giambenedetto and Maria Caterina Silveri

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2013 1:3

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