Differences in formal reasoning in terms of frontal lobe functioning

dc.creatorTaylor, Curtis Scott
dc.date.available2011-02-18T21:55:38Z
dc.date.issued1997-12
dc.description.abstractModem research in Neo-Piagetian theory has provided new interpretations of classical Piagetian concepts and developmental changes. Specifically, full cognitive development in adulthood does not appear to be as universal as may have earlier been believed. Some mature adults do not appear to develop the full range of cognitive complexity seen with formal and post-formal operational thought. The purpose of this dissertation is to explore differences between adults who do and do not show formal operational thought (as measured by the Logical Reasoning Test developed by Bumey in 1974). It was originally hypothesized that these groups would show significant differences in terms of frontal lobe performance on neuropsychological assessment tasks, as well as significant differences on a working-memory span task. Specifically, it was predicted that the formal operational adults would show superior performance on the neuropsychological battery, as well as larger working memory spans. Data collection and analysis has confirmed some, but not all of the author's hypotheses. Analysis using a series of multiple regression models has yielded valuable information regarding the Logical Reasoning Test, and has suggested future research possibilities.
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2346/17210en_US
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherTexas Tech Universityen_US
dc.rights.availabilityUnrestricted.
dc.subjectCritical thinkingen_US
dc.subjectFrontal lobesen_US
dc.subjectCognitionen_US
dc.subjectReasoningen_US
dc.subjectDecision makingen_US
dc.titleDifferences in formal reasoning in terms of frontal lobe functioning
dc.typeDissertation
thesis.degree.departmentPsychology
thesis.degree.grantorTexas Tech University
thesis.degree.levelDoctoral
thesis.degree.namePh.D.

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