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Title: Improving the Mind: Comparing the Effects of Cognitive Working Memory Training Paradigms and Nootropics
Authors: Lawley, William
Advisors: Conway, Andrew
Contributors: Norman, Ken
Department: Psychology
Class Year: 2013
Abstract: New pharmaceutical and working memory training interventions show glimpses into a future where many cognitive disorders are a fading memory. The promise of these advances has not gone unnoticed by cognitively healthy individuals looking for an edge in their own lives. This thesis explored the current state of working memory training paradigms and nootropics. To accomplish this, I conducted a thorough literature review and performed meta-analyses to address the current state and future potential of both intervention types. Though most interventions show disparate effects in cognitively healthy individuals compared to those with cognitive deficits, the differences appear to be shrinking. I present future avenues for advancement and end with moral and ethical considerations as these fields progress.
Extent: 98 pages
Access Restrictions: Walk-in Access. This thesis can only be viewed on computer terminals at the Mudd Manuscript Library.
Type of Material: Princeton University Senior Theses
Language: en_US
Appears in Collections:Psychology, 1930-2017

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