Category Archives: Cognitive psychology

Cognitive Abilities Seem to Reinforce Each Other in Adolescence

Study reports cognitive abilities mutually assist each other during development. This results in improved cognitive skills and general intelligence over time. One of the most striking findings in psychology is that almost all cognitive abilities are positively related – on … Continue reading

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The psychology of Curiosity: A review and reinterpretation

A differential susceptibility hypothesis proposes that children may differ in the degree to which parenting qualities affect aspects of child development. Infants with difficult temperaments may be more susceptible to the effects of parenting than infants with less difficult temperaments. … Continue reading

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Cognitive Load Theory

Cognitive Load Theory (or CLT) is a theory which aims to understand how the cognitive load produced by learning tasks can impede students’ ability to process new information and to create long-term memories. Cognitive load is typically increased when unnecessary demands … Continue reading

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Illusory Memories – A Cognitive Neuroscience Analysis

Memory illusions and distortions have long been of interest to psychology researchers studying memory, but neuropsychologists and neuroscientists have paid relatively little attention to them. This article attempts to lay the foundation for a cognitive neuroscience analysis of memory illusions … Continue reading

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The Psychology and Neuroscience of Curiosity

Curiosity is a basic element of our cognition, but its biological function, mechanisms, and neural underpinning remain poorly understood. It is nonetheless a motivator for learning, influential in decision-making, and crucial for healthy development. One factor limiting our understanding of … Continue reading

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Studies link between babies’ learning abilities and future development

Newborns are born largely blind, with dark, blurry, colourless and two-dimensional vision, Tseng says. While in the womb, there is no chance to develop vision. But they respond to auditory cues, which is why the best way to connect with … Continue reading

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Ritalin and Other Cognitive-Enhancing Drugs Probably Won’t Make You Smarter

Too much memory, attention or willpower, instead of making us into uber-geeks, might drive us the way of the wooly mammoth. Our gift as a species—what brought us on an evolutionary track from the Flintstones to Steve Jobs — relates … Continue reading

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We’re blind to our blindness. We have very little idea of how little we know

We’re blind to our blindness. We have very little idea of how little we know. We’re not designed to know how little we know. Most of the time, [trying to judge the validity of our own judgements] is not worth … Continue reading

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The Significance of Gerald Edelman’s Cognitive Neuroscience

Cognitive neuroscience proposes that the quality of an external object is always already projected onto that object by the neuronal activity of the brain. What cognitive neuroscience lacks is a historical context, likewise what cultural studies lacks is an organic … Continue reading

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More Than Child’s Play: Ability to Think Scientifically Declines as Kids Grow Up

Read Young children think like researchers but lose the feel for the scientific method as they age. Since the 1990s studies have shown that children think scientifically—making predictions, carrying out mini experiments, reaching conclusions and revising their initial hypotheses in … Continue reading

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