Cognitive Limitations in Aging and Psychopathology

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Examining the major progress made in recent psychological science in understanding the cognitive control of thought, emotion, and behavior, this book reveals what happens when that control is diminished as a result of aging, depression, developmental disabilities, or psychopathology. Each chapter reports the most recent research by a leading researcher on the international stage. Topics include the effects on thought, emotion, and behavior by limitations in working memory, cognitive control, attention, inhibition, and reasoning processes. The explicit objective of the volume is to facilitate inter-disciplinary research and training.

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“Chapter 1 provides an excellent brief tutorial for all readers. This book will stimulate discussion.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521541954
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 8/31/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 452
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

Randall W. Engle is Professor and Chairperson in the School of Psychology at Georgia Institute of Technology. He received his MA and Ph.D. from Ohio State University. His research over the last 20 years has evolved from those regarding the nature of individual differences in working memory capacity (WMC) to the role of WMC in higher order cognition.

Grzegorz Sedek is Director of the Institute of Social Psychology at Warsaw School of Social Psychology in Poland. He received his MA and Ph.D. from the University of Warsaw in Poland. His main areas of research involve cognitive limitations in depression, aging, after uncontrollability pre-exposure, and dual process models in social cognition.

Ulrich von Hecker is Lecturer at the School of Psychology at Cardiff University. His current research involves social cognition, cognitive limitations in depression, and the nature and the dynamic character of emotion. He has written many articles and has published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology, European Journal of Social Psychology, and Social Cognition.

Daniel N. McIntosh is Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Denver. His research focuses on emotions and coping using survey, laboratory, and psychophysiological methods. In particular, he investigates the role of religion in coping, stress and coping in low control contexts, and cognitive deficits emerging from situations of uncontrollabililty and depression.

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Table of Contents

1 Cognitive limitations in aging and psychopathology : an introduction and a brief tutorial to research methods 1
2 Working memory capacity in hot and cold cognition 19
3 Age differences and individual differences in cognitive functions 44
4 Stress and working memory : between-person and within-person relationships 73
5 The aging of cognitive control : studies of conflict processing, goal neglect, and error monitoring 97
6 Cognitive control and schizophrenia : psychological and neural mechanisms 122
7 Aging and varieties of cognitive control : a review of meta-analyses on resistance to interference, coordination, and task switching, and an experimental exploration of age-sensitivity in the newly identified process of focus switching 160
8 An ecological approach to studying aging and dual-task performance 190
9 Cognitive performance after preexposure to uncontrollability and in a depressive state : going with a simpler "plan B" 219
10 The nature of attentional bias in human anxiety 249
11 Inhibition, rumination, and mood regulation in depression 275
12 Aging and inhibitory processes in memory, attentional, and motor tasks 313
13 Impairments of memory and reasoning in patients with neuropsychiatric illness : disruptions of dynamic cognitive binding? 346
14 Generative reasoning as influenced by depression, aging, stereotype threat, and prejudice 377
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