Event-Related Potentials of RDs During Memory Scanning

Authored by: Phillip J. Holcomb , Peggy T. Ackerman , Roscoe A. Dykman

Handbook of Cognitive, Social, and Neuropsychological Aspects of Learning Disabilities

Print publication date:  December  1986
Online publication date:  May  2014

Print ISBN: 9780898597974
eBook ISBN: 9781315060217
Adobe ISBN: 9781135877941

10.4324/9781315060217.ch16

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Abstract

Although infrequently mentioned, perhaps the most basic premise in modern cognitive psychology is that mental operations are the result of the flow of information between subsystems in the human brain. It is further assumed that with careful experimental manipulation the nature and working of these subsystems can be revealed. The promise of this “information-processing” approach has attracted a number of researchers from areas outside mainstream cognitive psychology. Clinical investigators interested in patients with cognitive deficits have frequently found the techniques of information processing rewarding. For example, in the area of learning disabilities, considerable research has been dedicated to isolating deficient systems/processes (see Sternberg & Wagner, 1982). The information-processing approach also has appealed to researchers studying brain correlates of cognition. Those interested in scalp-recorded brain marco potentials or event-related potentials have found the information-processing paradigm particularly well suited for their research (Donchin, 1979).

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