Psychology In the News
- October 30, 2014
Do we all believe in magic? Find out here!
- October 20, 2014
An interesting article about the possible early stages of Schizophrenia and a new therapy designed to prevent the development of psychosis in kids at risk for mental illness.
NPR full story here.
- October 15, 2014
An interesting new take on addiction treatment. See full story here.
- October 8, 2014
Researchers find that curry may help with brain repair in rats. Read the full article here.
- October 2, 2014
Is the stress of classes affecting your sleep?? Read more about stress and sleep and get some tips to help you get some ZZZs.
- September 24, 2014
Can exercise help children diagnosed with ADHD in the classroom?
- September 17, 2014
New findings about the maturation of the brain in people with ADHD.
- September 10, 2014
Interesting article about the the use of pretests in courses. Are they useful? Should we use them? Read the article to find out more.
- September 8, 2014
Read the full article, Gold (2014), here.
"How efficiently do people integrate the disconnected image fragments that fall on their eyes when they view partly occluded objects? In the present study, I used a psychophysical summation-at-threshold technique to address this question by measuring discrimination performance with both isolated and combined features of physically fragmented but perceptually complete objects. If visual completion promotes superior integration efficiency, performance with a visually completed object should exceed what would be expected from performance with the individual object parts shown in isolation. Contrary to this prediction, results showed that discrimination performance with both static and moving versions of physically fragmented but perceptually complete objects was significantly worse than would be expected from performance with their constituent parts. These results present a challenge for future theories of visual completion."
- April 23, 2014
The abstract for Duñabeitia, Orihuela, & Carreiras (2014) below, click here to read the article.
"We investigated how literacy modifies one of the mechanisms of the visual system that is essential for efficient reading: flexible position coding. To do so, we focused on the abilities of literates and illiterates to compare two-dimensional strings of letters (Experiment 1) and symbols (Experiment 2) in which the positions of characters had been manipulated. Results from two perceptual matching experiments revealed that literates were sensitive to alterations in characters’ within-string position and identity, whereas illiterates are almost blind to these changes. We concluded that letter-position coding is a mechanism that emerges during literacy acquisition and that the recognition of sequences of objects is highly modulated by reading skills. These data offer new insights about the manner in which reading acquisition shapes the visual system by making it highly sensitive to the internal structure of sequences of characters."