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Nic Wilkins

Assistant Professor of Psychology

nwilkins@semo.edu
573-651-2452
Office: Scully  405C

Education
  • Ph.D., Kent State University, Cognitive Psychology
  • M.A., Kent State University, Cognitive Psychology
  • B.A., The University of Montana
Courses Taught
  • PY 101: Psychological Perspectives on Human Behavior-Face-to-Face & Online
  • PY 271: Research Design and Analysis I (Introductory Statistics)- Face-to-Face & Online
  • PY 370: Research Design and Analysis II (Introductory Research Methods)
  • PY 460: Cognitive Processes- Face-to-Face & Online
  • PY 484: Advanced Research in Psychology-Individual Instruction
  • PY 489: Metacognition
  • PY 571-Introductory Behavioral Statistics
Research Interests
  • My research program explores cognitive skill acquisition and automaticity. Specifically, I investigate factors that influence the gains made during practice of a cognitive skill and factors that influence the durability of practice gains across delays.
Publications
  • Wilkins, N. J., & Rawson, K. A. (2013). Why does lag affect the durability of memory-based automaticity: Loss of retrieval strength or interference? Acta Psychologica, 144, 390-396.
  • Wilkins, N. J., & Rawson, K. A. (2011). Controlling retrieval during practice: Implications for memory-based theories of automaticity. Journal of Memory and Language, 65, 208- 221.
  • Wilkins, N. J., & Rawson, K. A. (2010). Loss of cognitive skill across delays: Constraints for theories of cognitive skill acquisition. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 36, 1134-1149.
Conference Presentations
  • Wilkins, N. J. (2016). Do production gains transfer to retrieval of novel items? Paper presented at the 87th annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Clapham, M. & Wilkins, N. J. (2016). The influence of background scenes on stress. Poster presented at the 87th annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Wilkins, N. J., & Rawson, K. A. (2014). Does set size affect memory-based automaticity? Paper presented at the 86th annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Wolf, N., Guiling, S., & Wilkins, N. J. (2014). Initial construction of an instrument to identify limerence in individuals. Poster presented at the 86th annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Wolf, N., Guiling, S., & Wilkins, N. J. (2014). Initial construction of an instrument to identify limerence in individuals. Paper presented at the 22nd annual meeting of Southeast Missouri State University’s Student Research Conference, Cape Girardeau, MO.
  • Wilkins, N. J., & Rawson, K. A. (2013). Why does lag affect the durability of memorybased automaticity? Paper presented at the 85th annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Wilkins, N. J., & Rawson, K. A. (2011). Do lag effects on loss of memory-based automaticity reflect decay or interference? Poster presented at the 52nd annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Seattle, WA.
  • Wilkins, N. J., & Rawson, K. A. (2011). Controlling retrieval during practice: Implications for memory-based theories of automaticity. Paper presented at the 83rd annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Wilkins, N. J., & Rawson, K. A. (2010). Context effects on memory-based automaticity. Poster presented at the 51st annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, St. Louis, MO.
  • Wilkins, N. J., & Rawson, K. A. (2010). Context effects on memory-based automaticity. Paper presented at the 82nd annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Wilkins, N. J., & Rawson, K. A. (2009). What happens to item-general practice effects across a delay? Paper presented at the 81st annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Wilkins, N. J., & Rawson, K. A. (2008). What happens to item-general practice effects across a delay? Poster presented at the 49th annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Chicago, IL.
  • Fiore, C., Taylor, L., Wilkins, N. J., White, A., & Legerski, J. (2006). Help-seeking barriers: The role of shame and depression in battered women. Poster presented at the 86th annual meeting of the Western Psychological Association, Palm Springs, CA.

Contact

573.651.2132
psychology@semo.edu
Scully 404
Department of Psychology
One University Plaza, MS 5700
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701