Objective: As indicated by prior reviews of research in prominent neuropsychology journals, few studies address positive neuropsychology—the study, promotion, and enhancement of cognitive health. The present study aimed to continue this critical evaluation of the literature by examining publication trends in the Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology in 2014 and compare these trends to earlier reviews. Method: Titles and abstracts from all empirical papers published in ACN in 2014 (N = 62) were reviewed and classified into categories based on primary study aims. Manuscript categories included deficit characterization, performance validity testing/development, new/existing measure validation, general methodological research, examination of normative cognitive functioning, and effects of lifestyle factors on cognition. Study aims from 2014 were also compared to aims of ACN studies in 2004 and 2009. Results: Review of ACN papers published in 2014 indicated a predominant focus on characterizing deficits in neurological conditions (31%), validating new neuropsychological measures (28%), examining performance validity measures and procedures (17%), and considering effects of lifestyle factors on cognition (9%). Relative to a prior study evaluating earlier publication trends, there was a notable increase in studies examining issues related to cognitive health from 2004-2014. Percentages of ACN studies in other categories were relatively stable during assessed publication years. Conclusion: There is increasing evidence that the field is considering the empirical study of factors associated with cognitive health as gleaned from Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology publication trends.
Unawareness of Olfactory Dysfunction and its Association with Cognitive Functioning in Middle Aged and Old Adults