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When Does Contextual Positivity Influence Judgments of Familiarity? Investigating Moderators of the Positivity-Familiarity Effect (2020)
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Weil, R., Palma, T., & Gawronski, B. (2020). When Does Contextual Positivity Influence Judgments of Familiarity? Investigating Moderators of the Positivity-Familiarity Effect. Social cognition : the official journal of the International Social Cognition Network, 38(2), 119-145. https://doi.org/10.1521/soco.2020.38.2.119

The positivity-familiarity effect suggests that people use positive affect as a cue to answer the question of whether they have encountered a stimulus before. Five experiments investigated this effect under various conditions. Positivity-familiarity... Read More about When Does Contextual Positivity Influence Judgments of Familiarity? Investigating Moderators of the Positivity-Familiarity Effect.

The representation of stimulus conjunction in theories of associative learning: A context- dependent added-elements model (2020)
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George, D. N. (in press). The representation of stimulus conjunction in theories of associative learning: A context- dependent added-elements model. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Learning and Cognition, https://doi.org/10.1037/xan0000252

This paper briefly reviews three theories concerning elemental and configural approaches to stimulus representation in associative learning and presents a new Context-dependent Added Elements Model (C-AEM). This model takes an elemental approach to s... Read More about The representation of stimulus conjunction in theories of associative learning: A context- dependent added-elements model.

Freedom to act enhances the sense of agency, while movement and goal-related prediction errors reduce it (2020)
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Villa, R., Tidoni, E., Porciello, G., & Aglioti, S. M. (in press). Freedom to act enhances the sense of agency, while movement and goal-related prediction errors reduce it. Psychological research, https://doi.org/10.1007/s00426-020-01319-y

The Sense of Agency (SoA) is the experience of controlling one’s movements and their external consequences. Accumulating evidence suggests that freedom to act enhances SoA, while prediction errors are known to reduce it. Here, we investigated if pred... Read More about Freedom to act enhances the sense of agency, while movement and goal-related prediction errors reduce it.

Detecting falsehood relies on mismatch detection between sentence components (2019)
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Weil, R., & Mudrik, L. (2020). Detecting falsehood relies on mismatch detection between sentence components. Cognition, 195, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cognition.2019.104121

How do people process and evaluate falsehood of sentences? Do people need to compare presented information with the correct answer to determine that a sentence is false, or do they rely on a mismatch between presented sentence components? To illustra... Read More about Detecting falsehood relies on mismatch detection between sentence components.

The CAREGIVERSPRO-MMD Platform as an Online Informational and Social Support Tool for People Living With Memory Problems and Their Carers: An Evaluation of User Engagement, Usability and Usefulness (2019)
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Howe, D., Thorpe, J., Dunn, R., White, C., Cunnah, K., Platt, R., …Wolverson, E. (2019). The CAREGIVERSPRO-MMD Platform as an Online Informational and Social Support Tool for People Living With Memory Problems and Their Carers: An Evaluation of User Engagement, Usability and Usefulness. Journal of applied gerontology, https://doi.org/10.1177/0733464819885326

People living with dementia or cognitive impairment (PwD) and their carers often have unmet needs for informational and social support postdiagnosis. Web-based platforms have the potential to address these needs, although few have been developed for... Read More about The CAREGIVERSPRO-MMD Platform as an Online Informational and Social Support Tool for People Living With Memory Problems and Their Carers: An Evaluation of User Engagement, Usability and Usefulness.

Disentangling the effects of attentional weighting and associative mediation in perceptual learning reveals no evidence for associative mediation. (2019)
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Oltean, B. P., George, D. N., & Oltean, B. P. (in press). Disentangling the effects of attentional weighting and associative mediation in perceptual learning reveals no evidence for associative mediation. Journal of experimental psychology. Learning, memory, and cognition, https://doi.org/10.1037/xlm0000773

Learning to categorize perceptually similar stimuli can result in people becoming more sensitive to differences along perceptual dimensions that are relevant to category membership and/or less sensitive to equivalent differences along irrelevant perc... Read More about Disentangling the effects of attentional weighting and associative mediation in perceptual learning reveals no evidence for associative mediation..

Computerized stimuli for studying oddity effects (2019)
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Morrell, L., Dobbinson, K., & Skarratt, P. (in press). Computerized stimuli for studying oddity effects. Behavioral ecology, https://doi.org/10.1093/beheco/arz174

Visually hunting predators must overcome the challenges that prey groups present. One such challenge is the confusion effect where an overburdened visual system means predators are unable to successfully target prey. A strategy to overcome confusion... Read More about Computerized stimuli for studying oddity effects.

The sociodemographic context of observed solitary and social smoking behaviours using a behavioural ecological approach (2019)
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Why, F. Y. P., Undarwati, A., & Nuzulia, S. (in press). The sociodemographic context of observed solitary and social smoking behaviours using a behavioural ecological approach. Journal of health psychology, https://doi.org/10.1177/1359105319877447

This study used a behavioural ecological approach by observing whether solitary and social smoking varied as a function of gender and stress. In sample 1 (N = 414), the result was consistent with the Tend-and-Befriend Hypothesis in that more female s... Read More about The sociodemographic context of observed solitary and social smoking behaviours using a behavioural ecological approach.

Medium vs. difficult visual search: how a quantitative change in the functional visual field leads to a qualitative difference in performance (2019)
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Hulleman, J., Lund, K., & Skarratt, P. (in press). Medium vs. difficult visual search: how a quantitative change in the functional visual field leads to a qualitative difference in performance. Attention, Perception, and Psychophysics, https://doi.org/10.3758/s13414-019-01787-4

The dominant theories of visual search assume that search is a process involving comparisons of individual items against a target description that is based on the properties of the target in isolation. Here, we present four experiments that demonstra... Read More about Medium vs. difficult visual search: how a quantitative change in the functional visual field leads to a qualitative difference in performance.

Stimulus similarity affects patterning discrimination learning. (2018)
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George, D. N. (2018). Stimulus similarity affects patterning discrimination learning. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Learning and Cognition, 44(2), 128-148. https://doi.org/10.1037/xan0000164

© 2018 American Psychological Association. In four experiments, participants' performance on a variety of nonlinear patterning discriminations was assessed using a predictive learning task and visual patterns. Between groups, the similarity of the st... Read More about Stimulus similarity affects patterning discrimination learning..

Are goal states represented during kinematic imitation? (2017)
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Cole, G. G., Atkinson, M. A., D'Souza, A. D. C., Welsh, T. N., & Skarratt, P. A. (2018). Are goal states represented during kinematic imitation?. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 44(2), 226-242. https://doi.org/10.1037/xhp0000429

A number of studies have shown that observation of another person’s actions can modulate one’s own actions such as when two individuals cooperate in order to complete a joint task. However, little is known about whether or not direct matching of spec... Read More about Are goal states represented during kinematic imitation?.

Structural and functional correlates of hypnotic depth and suggestibility (2014)
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McGeown, W. J., Mazzoni, G., Vannucci, M., & Venneri, A. (2015). Structural and functional correlates of hypnotic depth and suggestibility. Neuroimaging. Psychiatry research, 231(2), 151-159 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pscychresns.2014.11.015

This study explores whether self-reported depth of hypnosis and hypnotic suggestibility are associated with individual differences in neuroanatomy and/or levels of functional connectivity. Twenty-nine people varying in suggestibility were recruited a... Read More about Structural and functional correlates of hypnotic depth and suggestibility.

Why are we not flooded by involuntary autobiographical memories? Few cues are more effective than many (2014)
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Vannucci, M., Pelagatti, C., Hanczakowski, M., Mazzoni, G., & Paccani, C. R. (2015). Why are we not flooded by involuntary autobiographical memories? Few cues are more effective than many. Psychological research, 79(6), 1077-1085 . https://doi.org/10.1007/s00426-014-0632-y

Recent research on involuntary autobiographical memories (IAMs) has shown that these memories can be elicited and studied in the laboratory under controlled conditions. Employing a modified version of a vigilance task developed by Schlagman and Kvavi... Read More about Why are we not flooded by involuntary autobiographical memories? Few cues are more effective than many.

Inhibitory effects of thought substitution in the think/no-think task: evidence from independent cues (2014)
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del Prete, F., Hanczakowski, M., Bajo, M. T., & Mazzoni, G. (2015). Inhibitory effects of thought substitution in the think/no-think task: evidence from independent cues. Memory, 23(4), 507-517. https://doi.org/10.1080/09658211.2014.907429

When people try not to think about a certain item, they can accomplish this goal by using a thought substitution strategy and think about something else. Research conducted with the think/no-think (TNT) paradigm indicates that such strategy leads sub... Read More about Inhibitory effects of thought substitution in the think/no-think task: evidence from independent cues.

Selective voluntary forgetting in young and older adults (2014)
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Aguirre, C., Gomez-Ariza, C. J., Bajo, M. T., Andrés, P., & Mazzoni, G. (2014). Selective voluntary forgetting in young and older adults. Psychology and Aging, 29(1), 128-139 . https://doi.org/10.1037/a0035598

Aging is thought to involve a decline in executive-control capacities, although evidence regarding this claim is not always clear. Thus, although studies exist that suggest impoverished inhibitory memory control in older adults relative to younger ad... Read More about Selective voluntary forgetting in young and older adults.

Priming by relational integration in perceptual identification and Stroop colour naming (2013)
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Mather, E., Estes, Z., & Jones, L. L. (2014). Priming by relational integration in perceptual identification and Stroop colour naming. Journal of Memory and Language, 71(1), 57-70. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jml.2013.10.004

Integrative priming is the facilitated recognition of a target word following a prime word with which it can be combined to produce a sub-type of the target (e.g., a lake bird is a type of bird). Such priming occurs even in the absence of lexical ass... Read More about Priming by relational integration in perceptual identification and Stroop colour naming.


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