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Your brain can multitask really well when one of the tasks is a habit you've developed in that particular context.
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Research suggests that anxiety about memory loss can chip away at our brain's ability to retain and retrieve information.
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In this episode we discuss whether time speeds up as we get older, why your life story only makes sense looking in reverse, whether or not brain games actually work, the importance of proactive learning instead of passive learning, why psychology confirms all your worst fears about studying and getting smarter – and much more with a special TWO GUEST interview featuring Dr. Art Markman & Dr. Bob Duke! Dr. Art Markman is a Professor o...
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When people disagree on a topic, there are several ways they might deal with that disagreement. They might avoid it altogether, either by pushing off a discussion or just agreeing with the other person in order to end the co...
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A paper in Perspectives on Psychological Science explored the broader impact of working memory training on cognitive performance.
Working memory capacity affects thinking, but training it doesn't help.
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I do not agree with your conclusions based on the two recent review papers by Simons et al., (2016) and Melby-Lervåg et al., (2016, p. 526), both coming to the conclusion: “… that there is no evidence that working memory training yields improvements in so-called far-transfer abilities”. The meta- analysis are to some extent biased excluding studies that would substantially contribute to an opposite viewpoint. Melby-Lervåg by no obvious reason excluded the COGITO study (Schmiedek, et al., 2010). In this study more than 200 individuals were assigned to the training group. The number of participants contributes most to the estimated power a study adds to a meta-analysis. The study found evidence for far transfer effects of the training which was present also 2 years after the training ended.

Similar, Simons, et al., (2016; p., 111) in support to their claim that WM training shows only near transfer effects, cite studies on neural plasticity, for instance, that violinists displayed selective neural growth in the right motor cortex, corresponding to the use of their left hand to finger the strings. On the other hand, they fail to notice the Owen, et al, (2005) extensive review of brain related changes following n-back training. The review provided robust evidence for the activation of 7 brain areas in all n-back variants showing strong evidence for a relationship between n-back practice and WM. The findings were replicated by Kearney-Ramos et al. (2014). Similar findings were reported by Román et. al., (2016) and Thompson et al., (2016). Moreover, the identified changes in brain areas following WM training also correspond with those being crucial for intelligent behavior identified by the two most influential theories of the relationship between brain structure/function and intelligence – the P-FIT (Jung and Haier, 2007) and the multiple-demand system (Duncan, 2010).
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Today's Two Guys on Your Head explores the psychology of memorization.


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A paper in Psychological Science explores the value of specific numbers as anchors in negotiation.
There are several mechanisms at work when using anchors during negotiation.
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interesting and thank you
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There are several mechanisms at work when using anchors during negotiation.
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Today's Two Guys on Your Head explores the psychology of saying "Yes"
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A paper in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin explores factors that lead people to want to convince others of their beliefs.
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Successful innovators finish what they start.
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Cognitive Scientist, Author, and Blogger
Education
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Psychology, 1988 - 1991
  • Brown University
    Cognitive Science, 1984 - 1988
  • JP Stevens High School
    1981 - 1984
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  • University of Texas
    Professor, 1998 - present
  • Columbia University
    Assistant Professor, 1993 - 1998
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Steve is a great trainer. He has helped us with two of our dogs. He does a wonderful job of explaining the main goal of training and then giving specific tools we were able to use to train our dogs. I highly recommend Steve as a trainer.
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