Cognitive Psychology Knowledge Translation Repository

You will find open-access toolkits and artifacts for you to download and use for your practice and learning. These artifacts were created by students in PSY 317 at the University of Saskatchewan.

ADHD: The Common Childhood Disorder by Quinton Goldade

For my KT assignment, I wanted to learn about ADHD in childhood/adulthood and examine the effects this disorder has on cognitive development. I believe this topic is important to discuss because ADHD is one of the most common disorders diagnosed in childhood. It is important for parents and teachers to learn about ADHD because it can have lifelong impacts on the child and the family. There are many unanswered questions about ADHD and the effects it has on cognitive development and the effects that treatments of ADHD have on cognitive development, so it is important to bring this discussion to light to examine issues surrounding this disorder. Children are the future of society, so it is important to understand what positively affects their cognitive development and what negatively affects their cognitive development. This artifact is meant to educate teachers and parents about the effects ADHD has on cognitive development, treatments for ADHD, and what they can do to help support a child with ADHD.

KT Brochure. ADHD qug538 (2)

The Importance of Sleep in Development of Autistic Individuals by Dalyce Epp

Sleep is a basic need for us as humans. As people go about their days, it is important to remember to make time to sleep. Individuals who live with various disorders such as autism, often have greater issues with trying to fall asleep and more importantly staying asleep. There are many reasons why this is important for both children and adults alike, and there are various methods that can be used to help offset the symptoms that a person experiences with their sleep disorders. Knowledge and awareness are critical for creating a healthier society. Thank you for taking the time to learn about what is known regarding sleep disorders in autistic individuals. The target audience for this information would be parents of children who have either been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, or those that have received a presumed diagnosis. Although this cannot necessarily cure their child of sleeping issues, it can make sure they know that they are not alone and that there are options for their children. This could be a resource that is sent to parents with other similar resources. It is also important for the general public as sleep is important and the listed behavioural interventions that can be used on all individuals suffering from insomnia.

Eye Witness Techniques Comic by Sarah Pepin

The reason this topic was chosen is because it provides a good educational base on eye witness testimony. Specifically, it informs people about some techniques or complications that can decrease accuracy, but also teach some helpful techniques to improve it. By singling out research that provides evidence on the effectiveness of these techniques, the general public can be confident in their use of them. It also looks at eye witnesses across ages and therefore can directed and applied to more than one age group. For the age range of children, special care is needed when using them as witnesses and as such people should be more informed about the proper practices to prevent decrease in accuracy or the possible effects of suggestibility since they are more susceptible to these. Not only does this knowledge translation teach people about being better witnesses and the importance of that, but it also can help them be aware of poor witnesses if they are ever put in a situation where they must be a jury member. It should also be stressed that this project challenges the bias that a confident witness is an accurate witness, which is not necessarily the case and that tons of other factors play a role in being a good witness. Overall the area of witnesses is extremely important as it involves the legal system and can be the deciding factor on if someone gets convicted of a crime or not. Because of this it only raises the need for information for the public so that people can be better prepared and informed.KT Final - Pepin

Language Development in Children with Cochlear Implants Infographic by Rosalie Hangs

An infographic detailing the numerous language benefits of a child with profound hearing difficulties receiving a Cochlear Implant before the critical language period occurs (prior to two years old). This infographic is intended for parents of children with deafness who seek resources to help in their decision regarding Cochlear Implantation. Survey results from parents who underwent this difficult decision process and explanations of how hearing and Cochlear Implants work are included.

Bullying and Adolescence by Isha Zaman

This presentation is targeted toward parents of children in middle school and adolescents, regarding the topic of bullying. This artifact aims to inform parents about the mental health of both victims and bullies, and moral disengagement.

KT Artifact


Eyewitness Memory and Aging by Coral Watson

I chose to create a knowledge translation artifact about the effects of older age on eyewitness memory. The intended audience is those involved in criminal investigations like police officers, lineup administrators, and lawyers. It is an important topic to educate this population on as eyewitness memory plays a significant role in the outcome of criminal investigations and is responsible for most wrongful convictions. Eyewitness evidence is very compelling at trial and crucial in criminal cases. The effects of older age on eyewitness memory are important as older adults are considered to be one of the less reliable groups of eyewitnesses. The other less reliable group is children, but they have been widely studied, so I thought it would be beneficial to provide more information on a less researched area. I intend to provide those directly involved in criminal investigations with evidence-based research on the reliability of older eyewitnesses who are helping determine the culprits in various cases. The goal of this artifact is to educate a population that has such an important role in the delivery of justice and protecting society. If this population is better educated about the effects of older age on eyewitness memory and more aware of the practices that mitigate these effects, older adults’ reliability as eyewitnesses can increase. With the increased reliability of older adults’ eyewitness memory, wrongful convictions will decrease, contributing to a more just society for all.

Aging and Eyewitness Memory
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