Review of: Coy, B., O’Brien, W. H., Tabaczynski, T., Northern, J., & Carels, R. (2011). Associations between evaluation anxiety, cognitive interference and performance on working memory tasks. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 25(5), 823–832. doi:10.1002/acp.1765

Reviewed by Lauren Lee There is a well-established “robust and reliable” body of research that links poorer performance on cognitive tasks with evaluation anxiety. Cognitive Interference Theory (CIT) proposed by Sarason and associates attempts to explain that association, using the term negative off-task self-dialogue...

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Article Review: An Exploration of the Drive for Muscularity in Adolescent Boys and Girls

The following is a review of McCreary & Sasse’s (2000) article, “An Exploration of the Drive for Muscularity in Adolescent Boys and Girls” by Kelsey Winters. The authors discuss the differences in weight-related behaviors between adolescent males and females. While girls tend to focus on thinness, boys are more inclined to...

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The Effects of Added Physical Activity on Performance during a Listening Comprehension Task for Students with and without Attention Problems

By: Kelsie Christina Romaine A review of: Kercood, S., & Banda, D. R. (2012). The effects of added physical activity on performance during a listening comprehension task for students with and without attention problems. International Journal of Applied Educational Studies, 13(1), 19-32. Challenges with attention pose a...

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A critical review of “Anger Management Style and Hostility Among Patients With Chronic Pain: Effects on Symptom-Specific Physiological Reactivity During Anger- and Sadness- Recall Interviews”

Introduction Two factors that have been studied in relation to chronic pain are hostility and anger, which have been shown to make chronic pain worse and hinder successful treatment. Burns, Bruehl, and Quartana (2006) wanted to examine how suppression or expression of hostility and anger impact chronic pain patients. Chronic pain...

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Article Review: Symptoms of post-traumatic stress following elective lumbar spinal arthrodesis

By: Brendan Remus Psychological constructs have been used to assess medical outcomes for some time. The relationship between psychological distress, in the form of depression and anxiety, has been studied and found to reduce the patients’ perceived efficacy of treatments and to reduce adherence. Psychological distress which...

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