11 - DLCNA Address | Ventures into Neuropsychology: Applying Cognitive Psychology to Clinical Problems
Friday, October 16, 2020
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM ET
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Our understanding of human cognition has increased greatly from neuropsychological research, which in turn has benefitted from the collaboration. I will describe four areas in which my own collaborative work has attempted to combine theoretical investigation with potential impact on patient care, including: studies of the classic amnesic syndrome that led to the development of errorless learning; research on patients with specific deficits in verbal short-term memory which revealed important implications for language acquisition more generally; studies on developmental amnesia which helped inform the classic distinction between semantic and episodic memory; and ongoing research on detecting accelerated long-term forgetting, during which the development of suitable clinical measures has illuminated surprising gaps in our understanding of the processes underlying forgetting. I conclude with a brief discussion regarding why such collaborations have been so fruitful.
Identify at least three ways in which links between cognitive psychology and neuropsychology can enrich both fields.
Describe current research topics in the psychology of memory.
Discuss concepts, methods, and techniques from cognitive psychology that neuropsychologists may find useful.