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Episode 9 – Cognitive Flexibility

In this episode, I discuss a concept called cognitive flexibility. Cognitive flexibility allows animals to adjust their behavior to a changing environment – and it’s very important for resilience!

Learn more about what cognitive flexibility is, how it impacts behavior, and how we can improve it.

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Here are links to some of the papers I discuss in the podcast:

Gelfo, F. (2019). Does experience enhance cognitive flexibility? An overview of the evidence provided by the environmental enrichment studies. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience13, 150. https://doi.org/10.3389/FNBEH.2019.00150/BIBTEX

Gökçen, G., Arslan, C., & Tras, Z. (2020). Examining the Relationship between Patience, Emotion Regulation Difficulty and Cognitive Flexibility. Online Submission7(7), 131–152. https://doi.org/10.46827/ejes.v7i7.3160

Kalia, V., & Knauft, K. (2020). Emotion regulation strategies modulate the effect of adverse childhood experiences on perceived chronic stress with implications for cognitive flexibility. PLOS ONE15(6), e0235412. https://doi.org/10.1371/JOURNAL.PONE.0235412

You can listen to the audio of the podcast here or on your favorite podcast app.

Kristina Spaulding

Kristina Spaulding

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