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 is a peer community in registered reports (PCI RR) - friendly journal. We are also indexed in a range of major databases, including PubMed, Scopus, JCR, and PsycINFO.

Advances in Cognitive Psychology is co-financed by the Ministry of Education and Science (Ministerstwo Edukacji i Nauki) under the program "Rozwój czasopism naukowych," RCN/SN/0494/2021/1.

Current Issue

Issue 4 Online: 27 December 2023

Editorial: Future Directions in the Psychology of Music

pp. 0-0
First published on 27 January 2024 | DOI:10.5709/acp-0410-9
Laura Ferreri, Floris van Vugt, Valentin Bégel, Philippe Albouy, Carlotta Lega, Charles-Étienne Benoit
Corresponding author:
Ferreri, L., van Vugt, F., Bégel, V., Albouy, P., Lega, C., & Benoit, C.-E. (2024). Editorial: Future directions in the psychology of music. Advances in Cognitive Psychology, 19(4), I-II. https://doi.org/10.5709/acp-0409-z


The Neurochemistry of Instrumental Improvisation in Adults: A Feasibility and Pilot Study

pp. 1-10
First published on 17 May 2022 | DOI:10.5709/acp-0350-4
Edward A. Roth, John M. Spitsbergen, Alberto F. Cintrón-Colón
Corresponding author:

Edward A. Roth, Western Michigan University College of Health and Human Services - BRAIN Lab, 1903 W. Michigan Ave. Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008-5434, United States.

Email: edward.roth@wmich.edu

Roth, E. A., Spitsbergen, J. M., & Cintrón-Colón, A. F. (2023). The neurochemistry of instrumental improvisation in adults: A feasibility and pilot study. Advances in Cognitive Psychology, 19(4), 1-10. https://doi.org/10.5709/acp-0350-4

This study examined the molecular underpinnings of group instrumental music improvisation as well as verbal improvisation in musicians and nonmusicians using blood-based measurements of oxytocin, vasopressin, dopamine, and cortisol, with verbal improvisation serving as a control. All participants (N = 8) were able to successfully complete study tasks as directed and tolerate the blood draws. On average, regardless of musicianship status, males had a greater and directionally divergent change in cortisol when compared to females (males M = -.033; females M = .025) after improvising musically (p < .04). Males also had a significant difference between the decrease in cortisol after music improvisation (M = -.033) compared to an increase in cortisol after verbal improvisation (M = .026; p < .01). The current investigation provided promising results regarding the ability of the study design and procedures to yield useful information when bringing the study to scale with a sufficiently powered sample indicating potential sex and modality based differences.

Keywords: music neurochemical improvisation bonding oxytocin

Music Performance Anxiety Inventory for Adolescents: Psychometric properties of the Portuguese version

pp. 11-15
First published on 2 September 2022 | DOI:10.5709/acp-0362-5
Pedro Dias, Maria João Batista, Sofia Serra, Lurdes Veríssimo, Patrícia Oliveira-Silva, Daniela Coimbra
Corresponding author:

Pedro Dias, University of the Azores, Department of Psychology, 9500-321 Ponta Delgada, Portugal.

Email: pedro.mb.dias@uac.pt

Dias, P., Batista, M. J., Serra, S., Veríssimo, L., Oliveira-Silva, & Coimbra, D. (2023). Music Performance Anxiety Inventory for adolescents: Psychometric properties of the Portugese version. Advances in Cognitive Psychology, 19(4), 11-15. https://doi.org/10.5709/acp-0362-5

The aim of the current study was to develop the Portuguese version of the Music Performance Anxiety Inventory for Adolescents (MPAI-A) and to examine its psychometric properties with a sample of 161 adolescent music students in Portugal. Participants completed the Portuguese version of the MPAI-A, the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory for Children, and a sociodemographic questionnaire. The MPAI-A psychometric properties were examined for validity and reliability. A two-factor structure was identified through Exploratory Factor Analysis: F1-Music Performance Anxiety cognitive and somatic symptoms; F2-Performance. Concurrent and known-group validity were established, and reliability scores were appropriate for the dimensions and total score. Results provide initial evidence of the appropriateness of the Portuguese version of the MPAI-A. Practical implications are discussed and future studies with this instrument are suggested.

Keywords: music performance anxiety, assessment, MPAI-A, adolescents, validation, psychometric properties

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). Advances in Cognitive Psychology is co-financed by the Ministry of Education and Science (Ministerstwo Edukacji i Nauki) under the program "Rozwój czasopism naukowych," RCN/SN/0494/2021/1.

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. Advances in Cognitive Psychology jest współfinansowane przez Ministerstwo Edukacji i Nauki w ramach programu "Rozwój czasopism naukowych," RCN/SN/0494/2021/1.