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Measuring the Mind: Speed, control, and age

John Duncan, Louise Phillips, and Peter McLeod


What are the fundamental mechanisms of decision making, processing speed, memory, and cognitive control? How do these give rise to individual differences, and how do they change as people age? How are these mechanisms implemented in neural functions, in particular the functions of the frontal lobe? How do they relate to the demands of everyday, ‘real-life’ behaviour? For over almost five decades, Professor Patrick Rabbitt has been among the most distinguished of British cognitive psychologists. His work has been widely influential in theories of mental speed, cognitive control, and ageing, inf ... More

Keywords: decision making, processing speed, memory, cognitive control, individual differences, neural functions, frontal lobe, Professor Patrick Rabbitt, ageing

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Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780198566427
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198566427.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Duncan, editor
MRC Brain and Cognition Unit, University of Cambridge, UK

Louise Phillips, editor
School of Psychology, University of Aberdeen, UK

Peter McLeod, editor
Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford, UK

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Section 1 Reaction time and mental speed

Chapter 1 Aging and response times: a comparison of sequential sampling models

Roger Ratcliff, Anjali Thapar, Philip L. Smith, and Gail McKoon

Chapter 2 Inconsistency in response time as an indicator of cognitive aging

David F. Hultsch, Michael A. Hunter, Stuart W. S. MacDonald, and Esther Strauss

Section 2 Cognitive control and frontal lobe function

Chapter 9 The gateway hypothesis of rostral prefrontal cortex (area 10) function

Paul W. Burgess, Jon S. Simons, Iroise Dumontheil, and Sam J. Gilbert

Section 3 Memory and age

Chapter 12 Working memory and aging

Alan Baddeley, Hilary Baddeley, Dino Chincotta, Simona Luzzi, and Christobel Meikle

Chapter 13 The own-age effect in face recognition

Timothy J. Perfect, and Helen C. Moon

Section 4 Real-world cognition

Chapter 14 Cognitive ethology: giving real life to attention research

Alan Kingstone, Daniel Smilek, Elina Birmingham, Dave Cameron, and Walter F. Bischof

Chapter 15 Are automated actions beyond conscious access?

Peter McLeod, Peter Sommerville, and Nick Reed

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