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Abstracts of Conference Presentations - Posters and Talks

Jan 24

Entertainment Software and Cognitive Neurotherapeutics Society (Los Angeles, 2013)

Extending the analogy between cognitive and physical training with implicit learning as the mechanism behind cognitive strengthening Kathryn L. Gigler, Samantha Stores & Paul J. Reber Proponents of cognitive training are often criticized for lack of knowledge of a mechanism by which transfer of training gains occurs. We suggest implicit learning as a mechanism for …

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Jan 24

Cognitive Neuroscience Society 2013 (San Francisco, CA)

Mind the gap: Flexible use of explicit knowledge during skilled sequence performance. Daniel J. Sanchez & Paul J. Reber Implicit and explicit learning play distinct roles in skill acquisition based on their different operating characteristics. It is hypothesized that implicit learning leads to increasingly fluid action sequence performance while explicit knowledge provides top-down control and …

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May 23

Society for Neuroscience 2012 (New Orleans, LA)

Statistical learning in perceptual-motor sequences and planning effects in performance (PDF) Daniel J. Sanchez1, Hristo Bojinov2, Patrick D. Lincoln3, Dan Boneh2, Paul J. Reber1 1: Northwestern University (Psychology), 2: Stanford University (Computer Science), 3: SRI (Computer Science Laboratory) The performance improvements that underlie motor skill expertise rely on implicit learning within cortico-striatal circuits connecting the …

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May 17

Society for Neuroscience 2012 (New Orleans, LA)

Computerized cognitive training leads to working memory and processing speed improvements in older adults Gigler, K.L., Blomeke, K., Weintraub, S. & Reber, P.J. Recently there has been significant interest in interventions designed to slow or prevent cognitive decline in older adults. The current study used the Cognifit┬« online training program in order to explore the …

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May 12

Midwestern Psychological Association 2012 (Chicago, IL)

Transfer of working memory training gains to other cognitive functions Gigler, K.L. & Reber, P.J. Problem/Major Purpose: Recent research demonstrating improvements in working memory (WM) capacity has challenged the idea that WM capacity is an immutable cognitive trait. Indeed, relatively modest training protocols have been shown to lead to significant improvement. Because WM is a …

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May 12

Cognitive Aging 2012 (Atlanta, GA)

Working memory intervention training in young and older adults Gigler, K.L. & Reber, P.J. Cognitive training to slow or reverse age-related cognitive decline is based on the premise that core cognitive functions can be strengthened by challenging, repetitive practice. A good candidate cognitive process for improvement is working memory (WM), which supports effective problem solving, …

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Dec 14

Society For Neuroscience 2011 (Washington D.C.)

Explicit knowledge influences consolidation but not immediate performance in implicit skill learning Sanchez, D.J., & Reber, P.J. (2011) Society for Neuroscience. Perceptual-motor sequence learning has often been used as a task for dissociating the neural mechanisms and operating characteristics of the explicit and implicit memory systems. Although neuropsychological and behavioral evidence indicate separable memory systems …

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Nov 07

Midwestern Psychological Association 2012 (Chicago, IL)

Title: Coordinated action and timing responses separated across hands are integrated in sequence learning. (PDF) Area: Cognitive Neuroscience of Learning and Memory. Problem or Major Purpose: Skill learning relies on a flexible explicit set of actions to perform which provides scaffolding for the relatively inflexible implicit representation supporting performance improvements through practice. A key question …

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Nov 02

Cognitive Neuroscience Society 2012 (Chicago, IL)

Working memory training gains and transfer to other cognitive functions Gigler, K.L. & Reber, P.J. Recent research demonstrating improvements in working memory (WM) capacity has challenged the idea that WM capacity is an immutable cognitive trait. Indeed, relatively modest training protocols have been shown to lead to significant improvement. Because WM is a core cognitive …

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Nov 02

Entertainment Software and Cognitive Neurotherapeutics Society 2011 (San Francisco, CA)

Sequence-specific and non-specific gains in working memory following cognitive training Gigler, K.L. & Reber, P.J. Working memory (WM) refers to the ability to hold a limited amount of information in mind for a short period of time and is a core cognitive component important for many higher-level cognitive functions, including problem solving and language comprehension. …

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