AotD: The Musical Stroop Effect – Opening a New Avenue to Research on Automatisms

Article of the Day: The Musical Stroop Effect – Opening a New Avenue to Research on Automatisms by Grégoire, L., Perruchet, P., & Poulin-Charronnat, B. (2013) (Experimental Psychology, 60(4). 269–278. DOI: 10.1027/1618-3169/a000197) Background & Research The Stroop effect, that naming colours is slower when the coloured stimulus consists of an incongruent colour word (e.g., the word “green”, …

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AotD: Changing While Remaining the Same – Self-Representation Confronted With Aging

Article of the Day: Changing While Remaining the Same – Self-Representation Confronted With Aging by Verdon, B. (2013) (Rorschachiana 33. 145–168. DOI: 10.1027/1192-5604/a000033. ) Background & Research Psychoanalysis and the psychodynamic tradition used to view aging quite fatalistically, especially early on. Carrying out psychoanalysis for elderly or aging people was thought to be fruitless, and a decline in overall …

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AotD: Mindfulness interventions for psychosis: A meta-analysis

Article of the Day: Mindfulness interventions for psychosis: A meta-analysis by Khoury, B., Lecomte, T., Gaudiano, B.A., & Paquin, K. (2013) (Schizophrenia Research, 150(1). 176–184. ) Background & Research Among the so-called Third Wave of cognitive-behavioural therapies, mindfulness-based approaches have garnered great interest in recent years, within clinical psychology as well as among the more general public. …

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AotD: How Love Emerges in Arranged Marriages

Article of the Day: How Love Emerges in Arranged Marriages – Two Cross-cultural Studies by Epstein, R., Pandit, M., & Thakar, M. (2012) (Journal of Comparative Family Studies, 44(3), 341-360.) Background & Research Despite the prevalence of autonomous (“love”) marriages in “Western” countries, most marriages in the world are still arranged by parents or matchmakers. Quite …

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AotD: Cognitive Correlates of Personality

Exploring the connections, if any, between executive functioning (EF) and personality traits could be important for understanding the origins, neurobiological and otherwise, of individual differences, for advancing theory on different predispositions toward certain behaviors (e.g., to be targeted for intervention in clinical applications), as well as for issues relating to construct overlap. In the last few years especially, quite a few studies have indeed looked at links between (mostly individual) EF components and (Big Five) personality traits. Many possible connections have been identified, but overall, according to the authors of this article, the findings have been mixed and no study has considered all core aspects of EF as laid out by Miyake and Friedman and all five Big Five personality traits simultaneously.

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AotD: Memory for Words Representing Modal Concepts

Article of the Day: Memory for Words Representing Modal Concepts – Resource Sharing With Same-Modality Percepts Is Spontaneously Required by Vermeulen, N., Chang, B., Mermillod, M., & Pleyers, G., Corneille, O. (2013) (Experimental Psychology, 60(4), 293–301. DOI: 10.1027/1618-3169/a000199) Background & Research The idea that knowledge access is intimately related to simulations in sensory-motor systems is known as grounded cognition. …

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AotD: Participant Sexual Orientation Matters

Article of the Day: Participant Sexual Orientation Matters – New Evidence on the Gender Bias in Face Recognition by Steffens, M.C., Landmann, S., & Mecklenbräuker, S. (2013) (Experimental Psychology, 60(5), 362–367. DOI: 10.1027/1618-3169/a000209)   Background & Research The processing, evaluation and recognition of faces is central to human interaction, and thus of great interest to psychological theories, in particular …

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