Exercise and Working Memory

Toogether with Dr. Ross Alloway, we are interested in the impact of different forms of exercise on working memory, including running barefoot.


Masters Student: Shelley Floyd


Be a Hero!

The well-known Trolley Problem best illustrates a common moral dilemma – the only way to stop a runaway trolley and save the workmen is to push a bystander on the tracks. The bystander dies, but you can save the workmen. How would you save the day? Research has shown that working memory plays a vital role in decision making and we are exploring its role in moral judgments

Students: Andrea Frankenstein, Tyler Robinson, Jessica Adams, James, Alabiso, Evan Copello, Allyson Duemmel, Connor Sullivan, Nina Rothstein


Language Impairment and Learning Disorders

1) What do children with ADHD and Language Impairments have in common? We compared the working memory profiles in these students in order to better understand the cognitive underpinnings of learning outcomes.

Masters Student: Adam Stein

PUBLISHED: International J of Education (2013) ABSTRACT

2) How are two cognitive skills—working memory and IQ— linked to learning in students with Dyslexia or SLI? Although there has been much research examining dyslexia and its co-morbidity with language impairment, little research has been conducted on their learning profiles when these two conditions occur independently.

Student: Dakota Skipper

PRESENTED: Florida UG Research Conference (FURC) 2015



Is it a Small World After All?

We compared the theoretical structure of working memory in children from different countries.

With: John Horton, Robert Moulder, and Aaron Leedy

Manuscript under review


Is TV watching hurting children’s language skills?

We focused on the potential impact of TV watching on vocabulary skills in toddlers. The findings indicated that television did not impact vocabulary scores, either positively or negatively. This pattern was true for educational programs, as well as baby DVDs. However, more time spent watching educational programs was associated with less time reading factual books., which can impact language development.

Students: Skyler Williams and Britney Jones

PUBLISHED: Early Childhood Education Journal (2013) ABSTRACT


Buying Behaviors and Working Memory

We investigated the roles of affective processes, trait impulsivity, and self regulation (working memory) in impulsive buying behaviors.

Student: Ashlee Gerzina

Manuscript under review


Emotional Empathy

We tested the reliability and validity of a multi-dimensional Emotional Empathy Scale, as well as explored its relationship with cognitive measures like working memory and IQ (verbal and nonverbal).

Students: Matthew Loesch, Gregg Campbell, Evan Copello, Daniel Miller, Charles Soares, Adam Tarter, Jade Watkins

Manuscript under review


Smartbook? Higher Intelligence linked to Facebook use in Teenagers

We found that the longer the duration of Facebook membership, the better the test scores in working memory, verbal IQ, and spelling. What makes Facebook so special? One possibility is that Facebook exercises working memory - the ability to work with information - as you have to activately engage with posts. Appropriately responding to a friend’s post about a new relationship or inhibiting irrelevant information (like a friend’s post about what he had for a snack), may use working memory.

Student: John Horton (graduated 2012 with honors)

PUBLISHED: Computers and Education (2013). ABSTRACT


Antisocial Behavior: What is the Problem?

We investigated the role of three significant potential contributors to antisocial behavior in adolescents—behavior, cognitive, and environmental influences; and their impact on expulsion. We found that adolescents' self-awareness of their own deliquent behaviors was a good predictor of expulsion.
Student: Ashley Lawrence (graduated 2012)

PUBLISHED: Applied Cognitive Psychology (2013) ABSTRACT


Facebook and "Selfitis"

Just as Narcissus gazed into the pool to admire his beauty, have social networking sites, like Facebook, become our modern-day pool? To find out, we conducted a study of over 400 individuals and asked them a range of questions about their Facebook behaviors—including how many hours per day did they spend on Facebook, and the number of times they updated their status. We also asked participants to rate their profile picture: were they physically attractive, cool, glamorous, and fashionable. To assess how narcissistic they were, we gave them a standard narcissism questionnaire.

Only one Facebook behavior accurately predicted narcissism levels: their profile picture ratings. Narcissistic individuals have an exaggerated view of their attractiveness and want to share it with the world. The profile picture is the most tangible aspect of a user’s online self-presentation, making it a touchstone for narcissists seeking to draw attention to themselves.

Students: Mueez Qureshi, George Kemp, and Rachel Runac

PUBLISHED: Social Networking (2014) ABSTRACT


When is a Lightbulb not a Lightbulb?

Dr. Dominic Guss and I are interested in the relationship between creative thinking and working memory.

Masters Student: Megan Southard (Graduated 2014)