Academic Staff

Dr Vanessa Loaiza

Staff positionLecturer
Telephone01206 873779
Office hoursOn appointment

 My research focuses primarily on the intersection between working memory and long-term episodic memory. I have investigated how working memory and long-term memory factors interact with one another to promote immediate recall from working memory as well as give rise to conscious recollection in episodic memory. Furthermore, I am very interested in how processes underlying working memory change or remain intact with age, and how these processes are important to working memory as a predictor of age-related variability in higher-order cognition, especially episodic memory. I use a combination of experimental and individual differences methods to investigate working memory functioning, as well as a variety of empirical designs to disentangle key processes underlying episodic memory. I am also interested in the role of working memory in executive functioning and fluid intelligence. In general, I am interested in the factors that underlie complex cognition.

Teaching responsibilities

 PS111 Discovering Psychology

PS212 Psychology Research

PS415 Cognitive Psychology II

PS922 Advanced Cognitive Psychology II

PS938 Special Topics in Individual Differences in Developmental Psychology


 Recent publications (see website for more information):

Loaiza, V. M., Rhodes, M. G., Camos, V., & McCabe, D. P. (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, 844-854. 

Loaiza, V. M., Rhodes, M. G., & Anglin, J.*. (2015). The influence of age-related differences in prior knowledge and attentional refreshing opportunities on episodic memory. Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 70, 729-736.

Loaiza, V. M., Duperreault, K. A.*, Rhodes, M. G., & McCabe, D. P. (2015). Long-term semantic representations moderate the effect of attentional refreshing on episodic memory. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 22, 274-280.

* denotes mentored undergraduate author

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