We study inter-individual differences in executive and socio-emotional functioning across the lifespan,
with implications for developmental science and legal psychology.

Dolean, D., D., Lervåg, A., Visu-Petra, L., & Melby-Lervåg, M., (2021).
Language skills, and not executive functions, predict the development of reading comprehension of early readers: evidence from an orthographically transparent language. Reading and Writing. doi:10.1007/s11145-020-10107-4

Mărcuș, O., Martins, E. C., Sassu R., & Visu-Petra, L. (2020).
On the importance of being flexible: early interrelations between affective flexibility, executive functions and anxiety symptoms in preschoolers. Early Child Development and Care. doi:10.1080/03004430.2020.1816995

Butean, I., Buta, M., Visu-Petra, L., & Opre, A. (2020).
Moral Stories and Young Children’s Confession of Misdeeds in Relation to Their Perception of Honesty and Its Consequences. Early Education and Development. 1-15. doi:10.1080/10409289.2020.1796089

Petra, C. V., Visu-Petra, L., Buta, M., Tămaș, M. M., Benga, O., & Rednic, S. (2020).
A computerized assessment of verbal and visuospatial memory (dis)functions in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Psychology Research and Behavior Management, 13, 619-629. doi:10.2147/PRBM.S261312

Buta, M., Visu-Petra, G., Koller, S. H., Visu-Petra, L. (2020).
A Little Lie Never Hurt Anyone: Attitudes towards Various Types of Lies over the Lifespan. Psychology in Russia: State of the Art, 13(1), 70 – 81 

Petruț, A., & Visu-Petra, L. (2020).
Self-reported Mathematics Anxiety: Conceptual and psychometric considerations. Journal of Psychology, 66 (3), pp. 279-291

Petruț, A., & Visu-Petra, L. (2020).
Computerized math tutoring programs designed to reduce math anxiety and improve math performance in primary and secondary school children. Romanian Journal of School Psychology, 13(25), 7-31

Hurezan, L. A., Turi, A., Visu-Petra, L. (2020).
Trăsăturile de personalitate întunecată, factorul D și conduita infracțională. Revista de Practică Penitenciară, 3, 13-25

Petruț, A., & Visu-Petra, L. (2019).
The efficiency of cognitive tutoring programs in reducing math anxiety for primary school children. Romanian Journal of School Psychology, 12(24), 27-39.

Moldovan, M., Seucan, D. T., & Visu-Petra, L. (2019).
Pre-and post-theory of mind and deception: Commentary on Walczyk and Fargerson (2019). New Ideas in Psychology, doi: 10.1016/j.newideapsych.2019.100754

Opriș, M., A., Cheie, L., Trifan, C., M., & Visu-Petra, L. (2018).
Internalising symptoms and verbal working memory in school-age children: A processing efficiency analysis. International Journal of Psychology, 54(6), 828 – 838. doi:10.1002/ijop.12537

Martins, E., Mărcuș, O., Leal, J., & Visu-Petra, L. (2018).
Assessing Hot and Cool Executive Functions in Preschoolers: Affective Flexibility Predicts Emotion Regulation.  Early Child Development and Care, 1-15. doi:10.1080/03004430.2018.1545765

Visu-Petra, L., Cheie, L., Câmpan, M., Scutelnicu, I., & Benga, O. (2018).
Identifying early links between temperament, short-term and working memory in preschoolers. Early Child Development and Care, 188 (1), 32-45. doi:10.1080/03004430.2016.1246445

Cheie, L., Macleod, C., Miclea, M., & Visu-Petra, L. (2017).
When children forget to remember: Effects of reduced working memory availability on prospective memory performance. Memory and Cognition, 45(4), 651-663. doi: 10.3758/s13421-016-0682-z

Liștea, R., Ducrocq, E., Siminiceanu, A., & Visu-Petra, L. (2017).
Getting the butterflies to fly in formation: A review on the modulating effect of attentional control on motor and visual aspects of sport performance under pressure. In Special Issue: Mental aspects of sport performance. Cognition, Brain, Behaviour, An Interdisciplinary Journal, 21(4), 249-274. doi:10.24193/cbb.2017.21.16

Opre, A., Buzgar, R., Dumulescu, D., Visu-Petra, L., Opre, D., Macavei, B., Buta, M., Pintea, S. (2016).
Assessing Risk Factors and the Efficacy of a Preventive Program for School Dropout. Cognitie, Creier, Comportament/Cognition, Brain, Behavior, 20(3), 185-194

Visu-Petra, L., Jurje, O., Ciornei, O., & Visu-Petra, G. (2016).
Can you Keep a Secret? Introducing the RT-based Concealed Information Test to Children. Psychology, Crime and Law, 22(3), 276-301. doi:10.1080/1068316X.2015.1109085

Grafton, B., Visu-Petra, L., Mărcuș, O., Liebregts, H., & MacLeod, C. (2016).
Controlling the bias: Inhibitory attentional control moderates the association between social anxiety and selective attentional responding to negative social information in children and adolescents. Journal of Experimental Psychopathology, 7(3), 423-436. doi:10.5127/jep.055916

Mărcuș, O., Stanciu, O., MacLeod, C., Liebregts, H., & Visu-Petra, L. (2016).
A FISTful of emotion: Individual differences in trait anxiety and cognitive-affective flexibility during preadolescence. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 44(7), 1231-1242. doi:10.1007/s10802-015-0110-z

Varga, M., Visu-Petra, G., Miclea, M., & Visu-Petra, L. (2015).
The “Good Cop, Bad Cop” Effect in the RT-Based Concealed Information Test: Exploring the Effect of Emotional Expressions Displayed by a Virtual Investigator. PLoS ONE, 10(2), e0116087. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0116087

Buta, M., Leva, D. S., & Visu-Petra, L. (2015).
Who Is the Tattletale? Linking Individual Differences in Socioemotional Competence and Anxiety to Tattling Behavior and Attitudes in Young Children. Early Education and Development, 26(4), 1-21. doi:10.1080/10409289.2015.1000717

Cheie, L., Veraksa, A., Zinchenko, Y., Gorovaya, A., & Visu-Petra, L. (2015).
A cross-cultural investigation of inhibitory control, generative fluency, and anxiety symptoms in Romanian and Russian preschoolers. Child Neuropsychology, 21(2), 121-149. doi:10.1080/09297049.2013.879111

Visu-Petra, L., Stanciu, O., Benga, O., Miclea, M., & Cheie, L. (2014).
Longitudinal and concurrent links between memory span, anxiety symptoms, and subsequent executive functioning in young children. Frontiers in Psychology, 5, 1-21. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00443 

Mocan, O., Stanciu, O., & Visu-Petra, L. (2014).
Relating individual differences in internalizing symptoms to emotional attention set-shifting in children. Anxiety, stress and coping, 27(5), 509-26. doi:10.1080/10615806.2014.888419

Cheie, L., Miclea, M., & Visu-Petra, L. (2014).
What was I supposed to do? Effects of individual differences in age and anxiety on preschoolers’ prospective memory. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 38(1), 1-10. doi:10.1177/0165025413506132

Visu-Petra, G., Miclea, M., Buş, I., & Visu-Petra, L. (2014).
Detecting concealed information: The role of individual differences in executive functions and social desirability. Psychology, Crime and Law, 20(1), 1-7. doi: 10.1080/ 1068316X.2012.736509

Visu-Petra, G., Jurje, O., Opre, A., Miclea, M. & Visu-Petra, L. (2014).
Which came first, the truth or the lie? Effects of order and habituation in the reaction time-based concealed information test. Cognition, Brain, Behaviour, An Interdisciplinary Journal, 18(4), 283-297

Visu-Petra, G., Varga, M., Miclea, M., & Visu-Petra, L. (2013).
When interference helps: increasing executive load to facilitate deception detection in the concealed information test. Frontiers in Psychology, 4, 146, 1-11.  doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00146

Visu-Petra, L., Miclea, M., & Visu-Petra, G. (2013
). Individual differences in anxiety and executive functioning: A multidimensional view. International Journal of Psychology, 48(4), 1-11. doi:10.1080/ 00207594.2012.656132

Visu-Petra, G., Miclea, M., & Visu-Petra, L. (2012).
Reaction Time-based Detection of Concealed Information in Relation to Individual Differences in Executive Functioning. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 26(3), 342-351. doi:10.1002/acp.1827

Cheie, L., & Visu-Petra, L. (2012).
Relating individual differences in trait-anxiety to memory functioning in young children: An investigation with task-irrelevant emotional stimuli. Journal of Individual Differences, 33(2), 109-118. doi:10.1027/1614-0001/a000079

Sabou, A., Moldovan, M., Cosma, A., & Visu-Petra, L. (2012).
Working memory training in typical and atypical development: Revisiting the evidence. Cognition, Brain, Behavior. An Interdisciplinary Journal, 16(1), 1-47

Cheie, L., Visu-Petra, L., & Miclea, M. (2012).
Trait-anxiety, visual search and memory for facial identities in preschoolers: An investigation using task-irrelevant emotional information. Procedia – Social and Behavioural Sciences, 33, 622–626. doi:10.1016/j.sbspro.2012.01.196

Visu-Petra, L., Cheie, L., Benga, O., & Miclea, M. (2012).
The structure of executıve functıons ın preschoolers: an ınvestıgatıon usıng the NEPSY Battery. Procedia – Social and Behavioural Sciences, 33, 627–631. doi:10.1016/j.sbspro.2012.01.197

Visu-Petra, L., Cheie, L., Benga, O., & Miclea, M. (2011).
Cognitive control goes to school: The impact of executive functions on academic performance. Procedia – Social and Behavioral Sciences, 11, 240 – 244. doi:10.1016/j.sbspro.2011.01.069

Visu-Petra, L., Cheie, L., Benga, O., & Alloway, T. P. (2011).
Effects of anxiety on memory storage and updating in young children. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 35(1) 38–47. doi:10.1177/0165025410368945

Visu-Petra, L., Ţincaş, I, Cheie, L., & Benga, O. (2010).
Anxiety and visual-spatial memory updating in young children: An investigation using emotional facial expressions. Cognition and Emotion [Emotional states, attention, and working memory], volume special edited by N. Derakshan, M.W. Eysenck, 24(2), 223-240. doi:10.1080/02699930903387546

Visu-Petra, L., Miclea, M., Cheie, L., & Benga, O. (2009).
Processing efficiency in preschoolers’ memory span: A longitudinal investigation of individual differences related to age and anxiety. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 103(1), 30-48. doi:10.1016/j.jecp.2008.09.002

Visu-Petra, L., Cheie, L., & Benga, O. (2008).
Short-term memory performance and metamemory judgments in preschool and early school-age children: A quantitative and qualitative analysis. Cognition, Brain, Behavior. An Interdisciplinary Journal, 12(1), 71-101