Sunday, August 31, 2014

The sound of music: Two new music and cognitive functioning articles

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Development of sound (Ga) understand: File under the Gv Gallery Hall of Fame

Cool helpful visual-graphic.

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The brain's "stop and go" mechanisms: The basal ganglia weighs in

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Cognitive abilities and oral and silent reading: Same or different?

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Working memory components in survey and route spatial text processing
Pazzaglia, Francesca; Meneghetti, Chiara; De Beni, Rossana; Gyselinck, Valerie
Cognitive Processing, Vol. 11 Issue 4 – 2010: 359 - 369

10.1007/s10339-009-0353-0

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

New meta-analysis confirms that IQ tests over-predict job performance for African-Americans

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For more on the related concept of "academic ability conception", as per the MACM model, click here http://www.iapsych.com/acmcewok/Academicabilityconception.html#Topic39

Theories of intelligence and students' daily self-handicapping behaviors
Rickert, Nicolette P.; Meras, Inez L.; Witkow, Melissa R.
Learning and Individual Differences, Vol. 36 – 2014: 1 - 8

10.1016/j.lindif.2014.08.002

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Neuroethical issues in pharmacological cognitive enhancement
Mohamed, Ahmed Dahir
Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Cognitive Science, Vol. 5 Issue 5 – 2014: 533 - 549

10.1002/wcs.1306

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Visual sustained attention and numerosity sensitivity correlate with math achievement in children
Anobile, Giovanni; Stievano, Paolo; Burr, David C.
Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, Vol. 116 Issue 2 – 2013: 380 - 391

10.1016/j.jecp.2013.06.006

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How do spatial representations enhance cognitive numerical processing?
De Cruz, Helen
Cognitive Processing, Vol. 13 Issue S1 – 2012: 137 - 140

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Monday, August 25, 2014

School readiness = self regulation learning competence?

Excellent review article on the relationship between the development of self-regulated learning strategies/competence and school readiness. Having worked in the schools as a school psychologist for 12 years, I would like to have a buck for every time a kindergarten teacher described children who where struggling in terms of self-regulation--although they did not use that term. A must ready for anyone working with preschool and early elementary students and stuff.

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Why complex cognitive ability increases with absolute latitude
León, Federico R.; Burga León, Andrés
Intelligence, Vol. 46 – 2014: 291 - 299

10.1016/j.intell.2014.07.011

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The relationship between working memory and intelligence in children: Is the scoring procedure important?
Giofrè, David; Mammarella, Irene C.
Intelligence, Vol. 46 – 2014: 300 - 310

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Partial maintenance of auditory-based cognitive training benefits in older adults
Anderson, Samira; White-Schwoch, Travis; Choi, Hee Jae; Kraus, Nina
Neuropsychologia, Vol. 62 – 2014: 286 - 296

10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2014.07.034

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Article: Assessing Intellectual Functioning and Adaptive Behavior



Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Article: Targeted brain training may help you multitask better - more on attentional control


Targeted brain training may help you multitask better
http://www.psypost.org/2014/08/targeted-brain-training-may-help-multitask-better-27502

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Consistent with the research in this article, have proposed that the training of attentional control (aka, controlled attention) may hold "one" (of multiple) keys to why some brain training programs may be effective.

You can find a MindHub Pub white paper where I lay out this information here.  


Also, other AC related posts at the Brain Clock blog can be found at the following two links.   Sorry for the two links with overlap.  I need to do some blog maintenance.




FYI. The MindHub web portal has been updated

I finally got around to updating the MindHub web portal. There is new information under most major categories. Enjoy.

http://themindhub.com/

Article: The Real Neuroscience of Creativity - with comments and FYI

I agree with Scott Barry Kaufman on the importance of the default brain network.  However, at times one needs to learn how to shut down the default network "on demand" and invoke the executive control network.  I have written a white paper on this topic, in the context of trying to explain how Interactive Metronome appears to help people train their abilities to "quiet the busy mind", which is available at the following link.  It also covers the three brain networks discussed by Scott in his article at the Huffington Post.  Enjoy.


More information can be found at the MindHub (www.themindhub.com)






Article: Mechanism of Thought Generation in Neurons Unraveled



Article: The Amazing Benefits of Daydreaming on the Mind - with comment


I also have a deep interest in the default brain network and have made a number of FYI and written posts to the Brain Clock blog about this important brain network  http://www.brainclock.net/search/label/default%20brain%20network

Just think of:  mind wandering; TUTs (task unrelated thoughts); and REST (rapid episodic thinking)

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Video: From Evaluation to Inspiration


From Evaluation to Inspiration
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Article: Poor Early Language Skills May Be Linked to Kids’ Behavior Problems


Poor Early Language Skills May Be Linked to Kids' Behavior Problems
https://www.nichd.nih.gov/news/releases/Pages/081814-podcast-early-language.aspx

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Article: The secrets of the ‘little brain’ – what do we really know about the cerebellum?


The secrets of the 'little brain' – what do we really know about the cerebellum?
http://blogs.biomedcentral.com/bmcblog/2014/08/20/the-secrets-of-the-little-brain-what-do-we-really-know-about-the-cerebellum/

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Article: Is Fluoride in Private Wells Causing an IQ Decline?


Monday, August 18, 2014

IQ and state level innovation and growth: Does where you live make a difference

Interesting study in the latest issue of Intelligence that suggests a link between state-level IQ and growth and innovation. Of course, this looks good to me as I live in MN (see last figure). That being said, the R-squared values must be interpreted appropriately. They are in the mid .50s to high .60's, which indicates that the variables included as predictors in this investigation accounted for 25% to approximately 45% of the innovation dependent variable. That is large and statistically significant, but it indicates (aside from the fact that this is a correlational and not experimental study--correlation does not prove causality) that there are many other variables that need to be considered. It is a complex multivariate issue.

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Article: Can Hearing Loss Predict—or Lead to—Cognitive Decline?