News

9th April: Next lab meeting

Date: Thursday, April, 9th

Time: 13:00h

Place: Seminario 2 (CIMCYC)

Speaker: Giulia Togato

Title: Eye-tracking and ERPs in multi-word expression research. A state-of-the-art review of the method and findings

27th March: Next lab meeting

Date: Friday, March, 27th

Time: 09:00h

Place: Seminario 2 (CIMCYC)

Speaker: Ana I. Pérez

Title: An alternative perspective on “semantic P600” effects in language comprehension

20th March: Peter Delaney's Conference

Date: Friday, March, 20th

Time: 11:00h

Place: Sala de conferencias 1 (CIMCYC)

Speaker: Peter Delaney

Title: Personality, Inner Strength, and Memory: How Different People Remember and Forget

Abstract: I have long argued that remembering and forgetting are active processes.  Learning doesn't just happen to us:  we make it happen.  Since memory is a consequence of behavior, it should surprise no one that it is affected by powerful inner forces like our personalities, beliefs, and emotions.  Everyone knows that depression and stress, for example, hurt memory.  However, in cognitive psychology, few people have dared to investigate how non-cognitive inner traits like personality affect memory.  We will present data on how inner forces affected memory in two theoretically-crucial phenomena, intentional forgetting and test-enhanced learning.  The data suggested the 'Big 5' factor of conscientiousness as a crucial factor in situations where changing our approach to learning is important.  We also closely examined the effects of being 'mentally tough' -- a concept close to hardiness or resilience -- and neuroticism as memory modifiers.  Critically, personality and beliefs had no direct effect on memory efficiency, but they affected memory by changing what people do during learning.

12th March: Next lab meeting

Date: Thursday, March, 12th

Time: 13:00h

Place: Sala de conferencias 1 (CIMCYC)

Speaker: Carmen Aguirre

Title: Motivated forgetting: Selectivity and control

5th March: Next lab meeting

Date: Thursday, March, 5th

Time: 13:00h

Place: Sala de Conferencias 2 (CIMCYC)

Speaker: Daniela Paolieri

Title: Language-Cognition Interactions in Bilingual Children

6th February: Next lab meeting & Erika Borella's conference

Date: Friday, February, 6th.

Time: 16:00h

Place: Sala de Conferencias 1 (CIMCYC)

Speaker: Erika BorelliDepartment of General Psychology, University of Padova, Italy

Title: Working memory training for a healthy aging

Abstract: Growing numbers of studies are focusing on assessing whether the age-related decline in basic mechanisms of cognition can be postponed. One such basic mechanism is working memory (WM) given its involvement in higher-order cognitive abilities also relating to everyday life, such as fluid intelligence, problem-solving, and reading comprehension. Because of its central role in cognition, training activities targeting WM have been assumed to produce wider effects on the cognitive system. Although results concerning the efficacy of WM training in aging are promising, their benefits in terms of transfer and maintenance effects are still source of debate, and seem to depend on different aspects.

The aim of this presentation is to illustrate and discuss a WM training procedure that we have developed, which appears to produce both near and far transfer effects, even in abilities involved in everyday tasks, such as reading comprehension, in different populations (young-old, old-old and cases of mild cognitive impairment [MCI]). The training gains identified are attributed to the nature of the training, which not only takes into account the capacity to use WM resources and attentional control (by adopting an adaptive procedure), but also considers the importance of presenting challenging and engaging training activities to sustain motivation and thus favor the training’s short- and long-term efficacy, in older adults at least. Crucial variables that can affect the efficacy of WM training in both healthy elderly people and individuals with MCI - such as training procedure, the age range of older participants, and the nature of the training task (verbal or visuospatial) - will be discussed in terms of any transfer effects.

30th January: Next lab meeting

Date: Friday, January, 30th.

Time: 13:00h

Place: To be announced

Speaker: Sandra Marful

Title: Sala de Conferencias 1 (CIMCYC)

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