Verbal Learning

Publication Title: 
Child Development

Six match-to-sample picture/object selection experiments were designed to explore children's knowledge about superordinate words (e.g., "food") and how they acquire this knowledge. Three factors were found to influence the learning and extension of superordinate words in 3- to 5-year-old children (N = 230): The number of standards (one versus two), the type of standards presented (from different basic-level categories versus from the same basic-level category), and the nature of the object representations used (pictures versus objects).

Author(s): 
Liu, J.
Golinkoff, R. M.
Sak, K.
Publication Title: 
Rejuvenation Research

BACKGROUND: Calorie restriction increases longevity in many organisms, and calorie restriction or its mimetic might increase longevity in humans. It is unclear if calorie restriction/dieting contributes to cognitive impairment. During this randomized controlled trial, the effect of 6 months of calorie restriction on cognitive functioning was tested.

Author(s): 
Martin, Corby K.
Anton, Stephen D.
Han, Hongmei
York-Crowe, Emily
Redman, Leanne M.
Ravussin, Eric
Williamson, Donald A.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Abnormal Psychology
Author(s): 
Schulman, R. E.
London, P.
Publication Title: 
The International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis
Author(s): 
Evans, F. J.
Orne, M. T.
Publication Title: 
The American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis
Author(s): 
Edmonston, W. E.
Stanek, F. J.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Personality
Author(s): 
Harley, W. F.
Harley, W. F.
Publication Title: 
Perceptual and Motor Skills
Author(s): 
Brabender, V.
Dickhaus, R. C.
Publication Title: 
Psychological Medicine

Two groups of 16 subjects, 8 of each gender, were examined on two occasions, one group before and after restricted environmental stimulation with floatation, and the other group without floatation was the control group. They were examined with a tactile object discrimination task carried out with each hand separately while blindfolded, and with a recognition memory test for words and unfamiliar faces, a test validated on neurological patients with left and right hemispheric lesions respectively.

Author(s): 
Raab, J.
Gruzelier, J.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Physiology, Paris

This study examined the fundamental question, whether verbal memory processing in hypnosis and in the waking state is mediated by a common neural system or by distinct cortical areas. Seven right-handed volunteers (25.4 years, sd 3.1) with high-hypnotic susceptibility scores were PET-scanned while encoding/retrieving word associations either in hypnosis or in the waking state. Word-pairs were visually presented and highly imaginable, but not semantically related (e.g. monkey-street). The presentation of pseudo-words served as a reference condition.

Author(s): 
Halsband, Ulrike
Publication Title: 
Consciousness and Cognition

We examined two potential correlates of hypnotic suggestibility: dissociation and cognitive inhibition. Dissociation is the foundation of two of the major theories of hypnosis and other theories commonly postulate that hypnotic responding is a result of attentional abilities (including inhibition). Participants were administered the Waterloo-Stanford Group Scale of Hypnotic Susceptibility, Form C.

Author(s): 
Dienes, Zoltan
Brown, Elizabeth
Hutton, Sam
Kirsch, Irving
Mazzoni, Giuliana
Wright, Daniel B.

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