Measuring The Mind: Speed, control, and age

Paperback | July 15, 2005

EditorJohn Duncan, Louise Phillips, Peter McLeod

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What are the fundamental mechanisms of decision making, processing speed, memory and cognitive control? How do these give rise to individual differences, and how do they change as people age? How are these mechanisms implemented in neural unctions, in particular the functions of the frontallobe? How do they relate to the demands of everyday, 'real life' behaviour? Over almost five decades, Pat Rabbitt has been among the most distinguished of British cognitive psychologists. His work has been widely influential in theories of mental speed, cognitive control and aging, influencingresearch in experimental psychology, neuropsychology and individual differences. This volume, dedicated to Pat Rabbitt, brings together a distinguished group of 16 contributors actively pursuing research in the fields of speed, memory, and control, and the application of these fields to individual differences and aging. With the latest work from senior figures in the field,and a focus on fundamental topics in both teaching and research, the book will be valuable to students and scientists in experimental psychology and cognitive neuroscience.

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What are the fundamental mechanisms of decision making, processing speed, memory and cognitive control? How do these give rise to individual differences, and how do they change as people age? How are these mechanisms implemented in neural unctions, in particular the functions of the frontallobe? How do they relate to the demands of e...

John Duncan is at MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge, UK. Louise Phillips is at School of Psychology, University of Aberdeen, UK.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.94 inPublished:July 15, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Section I: Reaction time and mental speed1. Roger Ratcliff, Anjali Thapar, Philip L. Smith and Gail McKoon: Ageing and response times: a comparison of sequential sampling models2. David F. Hultsch, Michael A. Hunter, Stuart W. S. MacDonald and Esther Strauss: Inconsistency in response time as an indicator of cognitive ageing3. Elizabeth A. Maylor and Derrick G. Watson: Ageing and the ability to ignore irrelevant information in visual search and enumeration tasks4. Mike Anderson and Jeff Nelson: Individual differences and cognitive models of the mind: using the differentiation hypothesis to distinguish general and specific cognitive processes5. Ian J. Deary and Geoff Der: Reaction time parameters, intelligence aging and death: the West of Scotland Twenty-07 study6. John Wearden: The wrong tree: time perception and time experience in the elderlySection II: Cognitive control and frontal lobe function7. Stephen Monsell: The chronometrics of task-set control8. Louise H. Phillips and Julie D. Henry: An evaluation of the frontal lobe theory of cognitive ageing9. Paul W. Burgess, Jon S. Simons, Iroise Dumontheil and Sam J. Gilbert: The gateway hypothesis of rostral prefrontal cortex (area 10) function10. John Duncan: Prefrontal cortex and Spearman's gSection III: Memory and age11. Fergus I. M. Craik: On reducing age-related declines in memory and executive control12. Alan Baddeley, Hilary Baddeley, Dino Chincotta, Simona Luzzi and Christobel Meikle: Working memory and ageing13. Timothy J. Perfect and Helen C. Moon: The own-age effect in face recognitionSection IV: Real-world cognition14. Alan Kingstone, Daniel Smilek, Elina Birmingham, Dave Cameron and Walter Bischof: Cognitive ethology: giving real life to attention research15. Peter McLeod, Peter Sommerville and Nick Reed: Are automated actions beyond conscious access?16. Robert J. Hockey: Operator functional state: the prediction of breakdown in human performance

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"This is a useful book that brings together significant studies and influential researchers in the areas of experimental psychology and cognitive neuroscience."--Doody's