Pic.JPGArnaud Szmalec, PhD                                                                            


Arnaud Szmalec                                                                                                                                                                                               

Ghent University

Department of Experimental Psychology

H. Dunantlaan 2

B-9000 GENT



Tel. (32) 92646439

Fax. (32) 92646496

Research Interests Cognitive (Neuro)Science


My area of expertise is human memory. Within this area, I have two main lines of research. The first line deals with executive control processes in working memory, with particular focus on working memory updating. The second line of research investigates the role of working memory in language acquisition, using a theoretical framework that integrates findings from both healthy participants and persons with dyslexia. I use both behavioral measures as well as neuroscientific methods like ERP.  





1. Papers in Journals


Szmalec, A., Page, M.P.A., & Duyck, W. (in press). The development of long-term lexical representations through Hebb repetition learning. Journal of Memory and Language.


Szmalec, A., Loncke, M., Page, M.P.A., & Duyck, W. (2011). Order or dis-order? Impaired Hebb learning in dyslexia. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, & Cognition, 37, 1270-1279.


Szmalec, A., Verbruggen, F., Vandierendonck, A., & Kemps, E. (2011). Control of interference during working memory updating. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception & Performance, 37, 137-151.


Vandamme, K., Szmalec, A., Liefooghe, B, & Vandierendonck, A. (2010). Are voluntary switches corrected repetitions? Psychophysiology, 47, 1176-1181.


Szmalec, A., Duyck, W., Notebaert, W., & Brysbaert, M. (2010). Working Memory and Executive Control: A Festschrift for André Vandierendonck. Psychologica Belgica, 50, 147-152.


Imbo, I., Szmalec, A., & Vandierendonck, A. (2009). The role of structure on age-related increases in visuo-spatial span performance. Psychologica Belgica, 49, 275-291.


Szmalec, A., Duyck, W., Vandierendonck, A., Barberá Mata, A., & Page, M.P.A. (2009). The Hebb repetition effect as a laboratory analogue of novel word learning. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 62, 435-443.


Szmalec, A., Demanet, J., Vandierendonck, A., & Verbruggen, F. (2009). Investigating the role of conflict resolution in memory updating by means of the one-back choice RT task. Psychological Research, 73, 390-406.


Duyck, W., Anseel, F., Szmalec, A., Mestdagh, P., Tavernier, A., & Hartsuiker, R. (2008). Improving accuracy in detecting acoustic onsets. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception & Performance, 34, 1317-1326.


Szmalec, A., Verbruggen, F., Vandierendonck, A., De Baene, W., Verguts, T., & Notebaert, W. (2008). Stimulus ambiguity elicits response conflict. Neuroscience Letters, 435, 158-162.


Szmalec, A., Vandierendonck, A. (2007). Estimating the executive demands of a one-back choice RT task by means of the selective interference paradigm. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 60, 1116-1139.


Kemps, E., Szmalec, A., Vandierendonck, A., & Crevits, L. (2005). Visuo-spatial processing in Parkinson's disease: Evidence for diminished visuo-spatial sketch pad and central executive resources. Parkinsonism & Related Disorders, 11, 181-186.


Szmalec, A., Vandierendonck, A., & Kemps, E. (2005). Response selection involves executive control: Evidence from the selective interference paradigm. Memory & Cognition, 33, 531-541.


Verbruggen, F., Liefooghe, B., Szmalec, A., & Vandierendonck, A. (2005). Inhibiting responses when switching: Does it matter? Experimental Psychology, 52, 125-130.


Vandierendonck, A. & Szmalec, A. (2004). An asymmetry in the visuo-spatial demands of forward and backward recall in the Corsi blocks task. Imagination, Cognition & Personality, 23, 225-231.


Vandierendonck, A., Kemps, E., Fastame, M. C., & Szmalec, A. (2004). Working memory components of the Corsi blocks task. British Journal of Psychology, 95, 57–79.


Duyck, W., Szmalec, A., Kemps, E., & Vandierendonck, A. (2003). Verbal working memory is involved in associative word learning unless visual codes are available. Journal of Memory & Language, 48, 527-541.


Andrade, J., Kemps, E., Werniers, Y., May, J., & Szmalec, A. (2002). Insensitivity of visual short-term memory to irrelevant visual information. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 55A, 753-774.



2. Chapters in Books


Szmalec, A., Brysbaert, M., & Duyck, W. (in preparation). Working memory and (second) language processing. In J. Altarriba and L. Isurin (Eds.). Memory, Language, and Bilingualism: Theoretical and Applied Approaches. Cambridge University Press.


Vandierendonck, A., & Szmalec, A. (in press). Progress in spatial working memory research. In A. Vandierendonck & A. Szmalec (Eds.). Spatial Working Memory. Hove, UK: Psychology Press.


Vandierendonck, A., Szmalec, A., Deschuyteneer, M. & Depoorter, A. (2007). Towards a multicomponential view of executive control. The case of response selection. In N. Osaka, R. H. Logie, & M. D'Esposito (Eds.). The cognitive neuroscience of working memory (pp. 247-259). Oxford: Oxford University Press.



3. Books


Vandierendonck, A. & Szmalec, A. (Eds) (in press). Spatial Working Memory. Hove, UK: Psychology Press.



4. Editorial Work


Szmalec, A., Duyck, W., Notebaert, W., & Brysbaert, M. (Eds) (2010). Working Memory and Executive Control: A Festschrift for André Vandierendonck. Psychologica Belgica, 50, 145-433 (Special Issue).