About this journal

Advances in Cognitive Psychology (ACP) is an open access, peer-reviewed scientific journal covering all areas and aspects of human cognitive psychology, including, but not limited to, perception, attention, memory, social cognition, and language processing in behavioral, cognitive, psychophysiological, and neuropsychological perspectives, as well as in computer- and modeling-based science. We welcome original empirical and theoretical articles, as well as replications, reports of null findings, and literature reviews. ACP also promotes and encourages open science, pre-registration of study and we are indexed in a range of major databases, including PubMed, Scopus, JCR, and PsycINFO.

Current Issue

Issue 1 Online: 17 May 2021

Editorial Letter: The Road Ahead

pp. 1-2
First published on 1 April 2021 | DOI:10.5709/acp-0311-4
Charles-Étienne Benoit, Piotr Kałowski, Konrad Janowski
Benoit, C-E., Kałowski, P., & Janowski, K. (2021). Editorial letter: The road ahead. Advances in Cognitive Psychology, 17(1), 1-2. https://doi.org/10.5709/acp-0311-4

It has been more than two years since our previous newsletter. Much has happened since and it is important to look back and write to you all about the major changes that occurred under the supervision of Dr. Konrad Janowski, the Editor-in-Chief of Advances in Cognitive Psychology (ACP).

Keywords: editorial

Does Location Uncertainty Modulate Unconscious Processing Under Continuous Flash Suppression?

pp. 3-14
First published on 6 April 2021 | DOI:10.5709/acp-0312-3
Fenja Mareike Benthien, Guido Hesselmann
Corresponding author:
Guido Hesselmann, Am Köllnischen Park 2,10179 Berlin, Germany.
E-mail: g.hesselmann@phb.de
Benthien, F. M., & Hesselmann, G. (2021). Does location uncertainty modulate unconscious processing under continuous flash suppression? Advances in Cognitive Psychology, 17(1), 3-14. https://doi.org/10.5709/acp-0312-3

Previous research suggests that selective spatial attention is a determining factor for unconscious processing under continuous flash suppression (CFS), and specifically, that inattention toward stimulus location facilitates its unconscious processing by reducing the depth of CFS (Eo et al., 2016). The aim of our study was to further examine this modulation-by-attention model of CFS using a number priming paradigm. Participants (N = 26) performed a number comparison task on a visible target number (“compare target to five”). Prime-target pairs were either congruent (both smaller or larger than five) or incongruent. Spatial attention toward the primes was varied by manipulating the uncertainty of the primes’ location. Based on the modulation-by-attention model, we hypothesized the following: In trials with uncertain prime location, RTs for congruent prime-target pairs should be faster than for incongruent ones. In trials with certain prime location, RTs for congruent versus incongruent prime-target pairs should not differ. We analyzed our data with sequential Bayes factors (BFs). Our data showed no effect of location uncertainty on unconscious priming under CFS (BF0+ = 5.16). However, even visible primes only weakly influenced RTs. Possible reasons for the absence of robust number priming effects in our study are discussed. Based on exploratory analyses, we conclude that the numerical order of prime and target resulted in a response conflict and interfered with the predicted priming effect.

Keywords: continuous flash suppression, interocular suppression, unconscious processing, priming

Evaluating the Contribution of Emotional Valence to Associative Memory: Retrieval Practice Matters

pp. 15-32
First published on 6 April 2021 | DOI:10.5709/acp-0313-2
Aiqing Nie, Guimei Jiang, Mengmeng Li
Corresponding author:
Aiqing Nie, Department of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, Zhejiang University, 148 Tianmushan Road, Hangzhou, China 310028.
E-mail: nieaiq@126.com
Nie, A., Jiang, G., & Li, M. (2021). Evaluating the contribution of emotional valence to associative memory: Retrieval practice matters. Advances in Cognitive Psychology, 17(1), 15-32. https://doi.org/10.5709/acp-0313-2

Research has indicated that emotional valence can influence associative memory, but it is less clear whether it still works when the retrieval practice is controlled. The current study combined an associative recognition task with a paradigm of retrieval practice, with negative, neutral, and positive word pairs serving as stimuli. Results revealed that intact pairs possessed higher correct response proportions than rearranged, old+new, and new pairs; the rearranged pairs were more likely to be classified as intact; a negative impairment effect was observed in both learning conditions; the retrieval practice effect was sensitive to the interaction of emotional valence by pair type. We shows that the involvement of the recollection-driven process varies with pair type, providing telling evidence for the dual-process models; the occurrence of negative impairment effect conforms to the account of spontaneous interactive imagery; the contribution of desirable difficulty framework is modulated by the interaction of emotional valence by pair type.

Keywords: associative memory, emotional valence, retrieval practice pairs, dual-process models

Tasks financed by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education on the basis of the contract no. 801/P-DUN/2018 out of the funds designed for activities promoting science: Preparation and editing of English versions of articles, Financing foreign Editors-in-Chief, Dissemination of publications and increasing their accessibility to a broad range of readers, Creation of the XML conversion platform to improve the access to the articles (2018-2019).

Zadania finansowane w ramach umowy 801/P-DUN/2018 ze środków Ministra Nauki i Szkolnictwa Wyższego przeznaczonych na działalność upowszechniającą naukę: Finansowanie zagranicznych redaktorów naczelnych; Przygotowanie i edycja anglojęzycznych publikacji; Upowszechnianie publikacji i ułatwianie dostępu do nich szerokiemu gronu odbiorców; Utworzenie nowej platformy do udostępniania artykułów.