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Practice effects in repeated cognitive testing - an investigation of the stability of cognitive task performance over time

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This dataset contains supplementary data for the publication Bell, L., Lamport, D. J., Field, D. T., Butler, L. T., & Williams, C. M. (2018). Practice effects in nutrition intervention studies with repeated cognitive testing. Nutrition and Healthy Aging, 4(4), 309-322, The data was collected as part of a PhD investigating the impact of a nutrition intervention on cognitive function in young adults. This dataset was collected to investigate practice-related improvements in cognitive task performance occurring from repeated cognitive testing alone, irrespective of any intervention. Participants performed 6 sessions of cognitive testing (2 sessions spaced 1 hour apart, on 3 separate visits each spaced 1 week apart). The cognitive tasks investigated were episodic memory recall, Stroop, serial subtraction, and Sternberg tasks. Mood changes were recorded using mental fatigue, and PANAS questionnaires. All tasks were programmed and performed on a personal computer using E-Prime software. In addition to performing the cognitive tasks, participants were asked to rate their motivation and the difficulty of each task on a separate questionnaire. The dataset was used to inform on the stability of cognitive task performance over time.

Resource Type: Dataset
Creators: Bell, Lynne ORCID logoORCID:
Contributors: Williams, Claire, Lamport, Daniel, Butler, Laurie and Field, David
Rights-holders: Lynne Bell
Data Publisher: University of Reading
Publication Year: 2019
Data last accessed: 7 December 2023
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Organisational units: Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Department of Psychology
Participating Organisations: University of Reading
Keywords: cognition, methodology, practice effects
Data Availability: OPEN


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