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Dr Vanessa Loaiza

Lecturer
Department of Psychology
Dr Vanessa Loaiza

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Biography

I am a cognitive developmental psychologist interested in memory and complex cognition across the adult lifespan. My research interests concern the processes that allow us to hold onto information in mind from moment-to-moment (i.e., working memory) and how we retrieve that information later on (i.e., long-term memory). I'm interested in how these processes change with age, especially our ability to engage in the mental time travel that allows us to seemingly relive events in our mind's eye (i.e., recollection). I use a variety of empirical and statistical tools to investigate these issues.

Qualifications

  • PhD Colorado State University (2012)

  • MS Colorado State University (2010)

  • BA Loyola Marymount University (2007)

Appointments

University of Essex

  • Lecturer, Psychology University of Essex ( 10/9/2015 - present )

Research and professional activities

Research interests

working memory

cognitive aging

long-term memory

executive functioning

conscious recollection

Teaching and supervision

  • Discovering Psychology: The Science Behind Human Behaviour (PS111)

  • Introduction to Personal Development and Employability (PS117)

  • Psychology Research 2nd Year (PS212)

  • Memory Attention and Language (PS415)

  • Enhancing employability and career planning (PS417)

  • Advanced employability skills and career progression (PS492)

  • Ageing: Mind, Brain, and Behaviour (PS503)

  • Advanced Memory, Attention and Language (PS922)

  • Special Topics in Individual Differences and Developmental Psychology (PS938)

Publications

Journal articles (16)

Loaiza, VM. and Camos, V., The Role of Semantic Representations in Verbal Working Memory. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition

Loaiza, VM. and Halse, SC., Where Working Memory Meets Long-Term Memory: The Interplay of List Length and Distractors on Memory Performance. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition

Galli, G., Sirota, M., Gruber, MJ., Ivanof, BE., Ganesh, J., Materassi, M., Thorpe, A., Loaiza, V., Cappelletti, M. and Craik, FIM., (2018). Learning facts during aging: the benefits of curiosity. Experimental Aging Research, 1-18

Loaiza, VM. and Borovanska, BM., (2018). Covert Retrieval in Working Memory Impacts the Phenomenological Characteristics Remembered During Episodic Memory. Consciousness and Cognition. 57, 20-32

Loaiza, VM. and Souza, AS., (2018). Is Refreshing in Working Memory Impaired in Older Age? Evidence from the Retro-Cue Paradigm. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences

Camos, V., Johnson, MR., Loaiza, VM., Portrat, S., Souza, AS. and Vergauwe, E., (2018). What is attentional refreshing in working memory?. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences

Camos, V., Lagner, P. and Loaiza, VM., (2017). Maintenance of item and order information in verbal working memory. Memory. 25 (8), 953-968

Loaiza, VM. and Camos, V., (2016). Does Controlling for Temporal Parameters Change the Levels-of-Processing Effect in Working Memory?. Advances in Cognitive Psychology. 12 (1), 2-9

Loaiza, VM., Rhodes, MG. and Anglin, J., (2015). The Influence of Age-Related Differences in Prior Knowledge and Attentional Refreshing Opportunities on Episodic Memory. The Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences. 70 (5), 729-736

Loaiza, VM., Duperreault, KA., Rhodes, MG. and McCabe, DP., (2015). Long-term semantic representations moderate the effect of attentional refreshing on episodic memory. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review. 22 (1), 274-280

Loaiza, VM., Rhodes, MG., Camos, V. and McCabe, DP., (2015). Using the process dissociation procedure to estimate recollection and familiarity in working memory: An experimental and individual differences investigation. Journal of Cognitive Psychology. 27 (7), 844-854

Lucidi, A., Loaiza, V., Camos, V. and Barrouillet, P., (2014). Assessing Working Memory Capacity Through Time-Constrained Elementary Activities. The Journal of General Psychology. 141 (2), 98-112

Loaiza, VM. and McCabe, DP., (2013). The influence of aging on attentional refreshing and articulatory rehearsal during working memory on later episodic memory performance. Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition. 20 (4), 471-493

Loaiza, VM. and McCabe, DP., (2012). Temporal–contextual processing in working memory: Evidence from delayed cued recall and delayed free recall tests. Memory & Cognition. 40 (2), 191-203

Castel, AD., Rhodes, MG., McCabe, DP., Soderstrom, NC. and Loaiza, VM., (2012). The fate of being forgotten: Information that is initially forgotten is judged as less important. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. 65 (12), 2281-2287

Loaiza, VM., McCabe, DP., Youngblood, JL., Rose, NS. and Myerson, J., (2011). The influence of levels of processing on recall from working memory and delayed recall tasks.. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition. 37 (5), 1258-1263

Book chapters (2)

Loaiza, VM. and Oberauer, K., (2016). Working Memory in Older Age. In: Encyclopedia of Geropsychology. Editors: Pachana, NA., . Springer. 978-981-287-080-3

Loaiza, V. and McCabe, DP., (2012). Working memory. In: The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Adult Development and Aging. Editors: Whitbourne, SK. and Sliwinski, MJ., . Wiley-Blackwell. 154- 173

Other (1)

McCabe, DP. and Loaiza, VM., (2010).A unique overview of important issues in cognitive aging. PsycCritiques. 55,American Psychological Association

Contact

v.loaiza@essex.ac.uk
+44 (0) 1206 873779

Location:

2.716, Colchester Campus