Dr Vanessa Loaiza

Senior Lecturer
Department of Psychology
Dr Vanessa Loaiza



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.


  • PhD Cognitive Psychology Colorado State University, (2012)

  • MS Cognitive Psychology Colorado State University, (2010)

  • BA Psychology Loyola Marymount University, (2007)


University of Essex

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

Research and professional activities

Research interests

working memory

Key words: working memory
Open to supervise

cognitive ageing

Key words: cognitive aging
Open to supervise

long-term memory

Key words: long-term memory
Open to supervise

executive functioning

Key words: executive functioning
Open to supervise

conscious recollection

Key words: conscious recollection
Open to supervise

cognitive modelling

Key words: cognitive modeling
Open to supervise

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

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

  • Statistics for Psychologists, 2nd Year (PS212)

  • Memory Attention and Language (PS415)

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

  • Advanced Memory, Attention and Language (PS922)

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


Journal articles (21)

Loaiza, VM., McCabe, DP., Youngblood, JL., Rose, NS. and Myerson, J., 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

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

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

Zuber, S., Ihle, A., Loaiza, VM., Schnitzspahn, K., Stahl, C., Phillips, L., Kaller, C. and Kliegel, M., Explaining Age-Differences in Working Memory: The Role of Updating, Inhibition, and Shifting. Psychology and Neuroscience

Bartsch, L., Loaiza, VM. and Oberauer, K., Does limited working memory capacity underlie age differences in associative long-term memory?. Psychology and Aging

Loaiza, V. and Srokova, S., Semantic relatedness corrects the age-related binding deficit in working memory and episodic memory. Journals of Gerontology - Series B Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences

Loaiza, V. and Souza, A., (2019). An Age-Related Deficit in Preserving the Benefits of Attention in Working Memory. Psychology and Aging. 34 (2), 282-293

Bartsch, LM., Loaiza, VM., Jäncke, L., Oberauer, K. and Lewis-Peacock, JA., (2019). Dissociating refreshing and elaboration and their impacts on memory. NeuroImage. 199, 585-597

Loaiza, VM. and Camos, V., (2018). The Role of Semantic Representations in Verbal Working Memory. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition. 44 (6), 863-881

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. 44 (4), 311-328

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. 1424 (1), 175-189

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. 1424 (1), 19-32

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., 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). Rapid communication: The fate of being forgotten: Information that is initially forgotten is judged as less important. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. 65 (12), 2281-2287

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

Grants and funding


The Impact of Befriending Programs on the Health & Well-being of Socially Isolated Older Adults

University of Essex

+44 (0) 1206 873779


2.716, Colchester Campus

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