Thursday, May 31, 2012

Article: Memory training unlikely to help in treating ADHD


Memory training unlikely to help in treating ADHD
http://www.psypost.org/2012/05/memory-training-unlikely-to-help-in-treating-adhd-11972

Interesting.  But there is some positive findings for interventions that focus on controlled attention, a brain function important for good working memory.



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Article: STUDY ALERT: Brain white matter tract integrity as a neural foundation for general intelligence


STUDY ALERT: Brain white matter tract integrity as a neural foundation for general intelligence
http://scottbarrykaufman.com/article/study-alert-brain-white-matter-tract-integrity-as-a-neural-foundation-for-general-intelligence/

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Article: Peabody, Vanderbilt Brain Institute launch nation’s first doctorate in educational neuroscience


Peabody, Vanderbilt Brain Institute launch nation's first doctorate in educational neuroscience
http://news.vanderbilt.edu/2012/05/educational-neuroscience/

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Time Travels with the Time Doc-Trip 1: Quieting the Busy Mind




Announcing the first issue of "Time Travels with the Time Doc--Trip 1: Quieting the Busy Mind". Check it out.

Conflict of interest - I serve as an external consultant in the form of the Science and Research Director for Interactive Metronome.



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Attention to Information in Working Memory

http://cdp.sagepub.com/content/21/3/164.abstract?etoc

Current Directions in Psychological Science Table of Contents for 1 June 2012; Vol. 21, No. 3


Current Directions in Psychological Science Online Table of Contents Alert

Current Directions in Psychological Science Online Table of Contents Alert

A new issue of Current Directions in Psychological Science is available online:
1 June 2012; Vol. 21, No. 3

The below Table of Contents is available online at: http://cdp.sagepub.com/content/vol21/issue3/?etoc


Articles
Suggestion, Cognition, and Behavior
Robert B. Michael, Maryanne Garry, and Irving Kirsch
Curr Dir Psychol Sci 2012;21 151-156
http://cdp.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/21/3/151

Retrieval-Based Learning: Active Retrieval Promotes Meaningful Learning
Jeffrey D. Karpicke
Curr Dir Psychol Sci 2012;21 157-163
http://cdp.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/21/3/157

Attention to Information in Working Memory
Klaus Oberauer and Laura Hein
Curr Dir Psychol Sci 2012;21 164-169
http://cdp.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/21/3/164

Statistical Learning: From Acquiring Specific Items to Forming General Rules
Richard N. Aslin and Elissa L. Newport
Curr Dir Psychol Sci 2012;21 170-176
http://cdp.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/21/3/170

Accurate Personality Judgment
David C. Funder
Curr Dir Psychol Sci 2012;21 177-182
http://cdp.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/21/3/177

The Use of Neuroeconomic Games to Examine Social Decision Making in Child and Adolescent Externalizing Disorders
Carla Sharp
Curr Dir Psychol Sci 2012;21 183-188
http://cdp.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/21/3/183

Protective Factors for Health Among Low-Socioeconomic-Status Individuals
Edith Chen
Curr Dir Psychol Sci 2012;21 189-193
http://cdp.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/21/3/189

Human Reward Pursuit: From Rudimentary to Higher-Level Functions
Erik Bijleveld, Ruud Custers, and Henk Aarts
Curr Dir Psychol Sci 2012;21 194-199
http://cdp.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/21/3/194

Early Development of Fear Processing
Jukka M. Leppänen and Charles A. Nelson
Curr Dir Psychol Sci 2012;21 200-204
http://cdp.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/21/3/200

Racial Color Blindness: Emergence, Practice, and Implications
Evan P. Apfelbaum, Michael I. Norton, and Samuel R. Sommers
Curr Dir Psychol Sci 2012;21 205-209
http://cdp.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/21/3/205

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The Missing Link in School Reform: Student Motivation

The Missing Link in School Reform: Student Motivation
http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2012/05/the-missing-link-in-school-reform-student-motivation/257770/

It is about time that this was re-discovered...once again.  For those interested, check out the Model of Academic Motivation and Competence (MACM) that I proposed during the early days of NCLB.  The model, reports, PPT slides, etc. can be found under the Beyond IQ section of Research and Reports section at the MindHub.   Other scholars in school psychology have been hammering away on this broad and important domain for years (Reynold's SMALSI instrument; Diperna and Elliott's ACES instrument and model, to name but a few)

A series of blog posts related to "Beyond IQ" can also be found at IQs Corner via this link.

http://www.iqscorner.com/search/label/Beyond%20IQ

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Monday, May 28, 2012

IQs Corner Recent Literature of Interest 5-26-12




Two batches of "recent literature of interest" have just been posted. Here and here.



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Research byte: Psychological effects of meditation--a meta-analysis




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An interesting research synthesis that helps sort out the positive impact of different types of psychological mediation on different outcomes. I am particularly interested in the support for meditation techniques that emphasis control of attention (e.g., focusing on breathing; a tone; etc.) given the parallels I have written about with regard to the Interactive Metronome neurotechnology.














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Visual-graphic tools for implementing intelligent intelligence testing in SLD contexts: Formative concepts and tools

The slides in this post are preliminary findings and formative ideas that are going thru a period of incubation and will hopefully eventuate in an eventual presentation and manuscript. The material is being developed to help flesh out intelligent selective referral-focused assessment for RTI treatment resisters and to provide information to help implement the various third-method consistency/concordance models for SLD. I believe the figures speak largely for themselves if one studies them enough. Familiarity with the complete set of WJ III cognitive tests (Diagnostic Supplement included) is helpful as it will allow a person to decipher the test name abbreviations. Also, one needs to be familiar with the general concepts of third method consistency/concordance SLD models (see Flanagan & Fiorello, 2010). Also, one needs to be familiar with the CHC nomenclature codes to understand what each test is classified as measuring.

A visual representation of the third method SLD models as presented by Flanagan & Fiorello, 2010) is below. [Click on image to enlarge]



These results are derived from my art+science exploratory data analysis of the WJ III norm data guided by the findings from McGrew and Wendling (2010). Analyses included (a) multiple regression prediction of two reading and two math achievement subdomains (only two are featured here) with selected subsets of WJ III cognitive tests (using backward elimination of variables one-at-a-time; many eliminated tests re-entered at end to insure they were still not significant predictors that should have been retained in the final model), (b) calculation of all cognitive test g-loadings via first unrotated principal component across ages 6-18 years, and (c) multidimensional scaling (MDS--Guttman Radex model) of the complete set of WJ III cognitive predictors.

Visual graphic summaries are presented in hopes of stimulating thoughts about how these presentation methods might be used to allow examiners to engage in intelligent selective referral focused assessment decision-making grounded in data (but the numbers are minimized on purpose), theory, and logic.

Conflict of interest warning. I am a coauthor of the WJ III.

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Conceptual link between third method approaches and above slides follows.




MDS illustrative model.









Conceptual link between the three preceding slides and third method SLD models




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Article: I Am Science: Short Film Traces Unconventional Paths to Life in Science


I Am Science: Short Film Traces Unconventional Paths to Life in Science
http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/05/28/i-am-science-story-collider/

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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Daniel Kahneman on the Trap of 'Thinking That We Know' - NYTimes.com

Daniel Kahneman on the Trap of 'Thinking That We Know'

The National Academy of Sciences did a great service to science early this week by holding a conference on "The Science of Science Communication." A centerpiece of the two-day meeting was a lecture titled "Thinking That We Know," delivered by Daniel Kahneman, the extraordinary behavioral scientist who was awarded a Nobel Prize in economics despite never having taken an economics class.

The talk is extraordinary for the clarity (and humor) with which he repeatedly illustrates the powerful ways in which the mind filters and shapes what we call information. He discusses how this relates to the challenge of communicating science in a way that might stick.

Please carve out the time to watch his slide-free, but image-rich, talk. It's a shorthand route to some of the insights described in Kahneman's remarkable book, "Thinking, Fast and Slow" (I'm a third of the way through).

Here's the video of the talk (which is "below the fold" because it's set up to play automatically):

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As I noted via Twitter during the meeting, this talk and many other engaging presentations at the event illustrate the importance of adding a fresh facet to the popular notion that today's citizens, and particularly students, would do well to improve their capacity for critical thinking:

"Critical thinking has to include assessing one's own thinking."

There's more on the meeting at the Age of Engagement blog of Matthew Nisbet of American University, one of the presenters. And review Twitter traffic using the #Sackler tag set up for the conference.




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Sequences of regressions and their independences
Nanny Wermuth & Kayvan Sadeghi
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Robert Castelo
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Comments on: Sequences of regressions and their independencies
Mathias Drton, Chris Fox & Andreas Käufl
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Comments on: Sequences of regressions and their independences
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Comments on: Sequence of regressions and their independences
Elena Stanghellini
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Bala Rajaratnam
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Nanny Wermuth & Kayvan Sadeghi
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Optimal significance analysis of microarray data in a class of tests whose null statistic can be constructed
Hironori Fujisawa & Takayuki Sakaguchi
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On Hölder fields clustering
Benoît Cadre & Quentin Paris
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Testing composite hypotheses about discrete ergodic processes
Daniil Ryabko
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Estimation of the third-order parameter in extreme value statistics
Yuri Goegebeur & Tertius de Wet
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A multiple time scale survival model with a cure fraction
Francisco Louzada & Juliana Cobre
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Some theorems on conditional mean convergence and conditional almost sure convergence for randomly weighted sums of dependent random variables
Manuel Ordóñez Cabrera, Andrew Rosalsky & Andrei Volodin
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