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Normal Aging Increases Postural Preparation Errors: Evidence from a Two-Choice Response Task with Balance Constraints

Lifespan Psychology

Verrel, J., Lisofsky, N., Kühn, S., & Lindenberger, U. (2016). Normal aging increases postural preparation errors: Evidence from a two-choice response task with balance constraints. Gait & Posture, 44, 143–148. doi:10.1016/j.gaitpost.2015.12.002

Correlational studies indicate an association between age-related decline in balance and cognitive control, but these functions are rarely addressed within a single task. In this study, we investigated adult age differences in a two-choice response task with balance constraints under three levels of response conflict ...

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Simply Rational: Decision Making in the Real World

Adaptive Behavior and Cognition

Gigerenzer, G. (2015). Simply rational: Decision making in the real world (328 pp.). Oxford University Press. ISBN-13: 9780199390076

Statistical illiteracy can have an enormously negative impact on decision making. This book brings together applied and theoretical research on risks and decision making across the fields of medicine, psychology, and economics. Collectively, the chapters demonstrate why the frame in which statistics are communicated is essential for broader understanding and sound decision making, and that understanding risks and uncertainty has wide-reaching implications for daily life …

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Developmental Eye-Tracking Research in Reading

MPRG "Reading Education and Development (REaD)"

Hyönä, J., Schroeder, S., & Liversedge, S. P. (Eds.). (2015): Developmental eye-tracking research in reading [Special Issue]. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 27 (5). Routledge: Taylor & Francis Group.
doi: 10.1080/20445911.2015.1046877

Extending our understanding of the interplay between visual and cognitive processes during reading is essential to understand how reading develops and changes across the lifespan. Monitoring readers’ eye movements provides a fine-grained online protocol of the reading process as it evolves over time, but until recently eye movements have rarely been collected …

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Civilizing Emotions. Concepts in Nineteenth Century Asia and Europe

History of Emotions

Pernau, M., Jordheim, H., Bashkin, O., Bailey, C., Benesch, O., Ifversen, J., Kia, M., Majumdar, R., Messner, A. C., Park, M., Saada, E., Singh, M., & Wigen, E. (2015). Civilizing Emotions. Concepts in Nineteenth Century Asia and Europe. Oxford University Press, U. K. ISBN 978-0-19-874553-2

At the beginning of the twenty-first century, the vocabulary of civility and civilization is very much at the forefront of political debate. Most of these debates proceed as if the meaning of these words were self-evident. This is where Civilizing Emotions intervenes, tracing the history of the concepts of civility and civilization and  thus adding a level of self-reflexivity …

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The Amplification of Risk in Experimental Diffusion Chains

Adaptive Rationality

Moussaïd, M., Brighton, H., & Gaissmaier, W. (2015). The amplification of risk in experimental diffusion chains. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1421883112

Understanding how people form and revise their perception of risk is central to designing efficient risk communication methods, eliciting risk awareness, and avoiding unnecessary anxiety among the public. However, public responses to hazardous events such as climate change, contagious outbreaks, and terrorist threats are complex and difficult-to-anticipate phenomena....

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Summer Institute on Bounded Rationality

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