Interference and Inhibition in Cognition

Interference and Inhibition in Cognition

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Life scientists have long been familiar with the notion of interference and inhibition in biological systems (most notably in the neuron). Now these concepts have been applied to cognitive psychology to explain processes in attention, learning, memory, comprehension, and reasoning. Presenting an overview of research findings in this realm, this text discusses what processes are sensitive to interference, individual differences in interference sensitivity, and how age and experience factor into one's ability to inhibit interference. The book provides empirical and theoretical perspectives; discusses how inhibition and interference change with age/experience; and illustrates the ways in which interference affects language processing, attention, perception, learning and memory.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 418 pages
  • 157.5 x 231.1 x 25.4mm | 621.43g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • index
  • 0122089308
  • 9780122089305

Table of contents

Part 1 Historical perspective: interference and inhibition in cognition - an historical perspective, F.N. Dempster. Part 2 Developmental perspectives: interference effects in memory and reasoning - a fuzzy-trace theory analysis, V.F. Reyna; interference or facilitation in infant memory?, C. Rovee-Collier and K. Boller; interference processes in memory development - the case of cognitive triage, C.J. Brainerd; the evolution of inhibition mechanisms and their role in human cognition and behaviour, D.F. Bjorklund and K.K. Harnishfeger; the development of cognitive inhibition - theories, definitions and research evidence, K.K. Harnishfeger. Part 3 Adult perspectives: selective attention and the inhibitory control of cognition, W.T. Neill et al; memory interference and misinformation effects, A.L. Titcomb and V.F. Reyna; skilled suppression, M.A. Gernsbacher; catastrophic interference in neural networks - causes, solutions and data, S. Lewandowsky and S.-C. Li; inhibitory processes in cognition and ageing, J.M. McDowd et al.
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"The net effect is a book that is a valuable resource for seminars in developmental psychology as well as in basic cognitive psychology."--Donald H. Kausler, in CONTEMPORARY PSYCHOLOGY
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