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Alison Whiteford Damerall

Assistant Professor of Psychology

awhiteford@semo.edu
573-651-2436
Office: Scully  405D


Education

  • Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology, Saint Louis University. Cognitive Neuroscience concentration
  • M.A. Linguistics, University of Colorado, Boulder; Certificate of Human Language Technologies
  • B.A. Psychology, University of Missouri, St. Louis
  • B.A. English, Truman State University

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Psychology (PY 102)
  • Career Development in Psychology (PY 103)
  • Research Design and Analysis I (PY 271)
  • Research Design and Analysis II (PY 370)
  • Learning and Memory (PY 362)
  • Historical Development in Psychology (PY 497)
  • Behavioral Statistics (PY 571)

Research Interests

  • Semantic organization of abstract concepts; cognitive demands of producing and interpreting metaphoric language; embodied cognition; development of expertise in writing

Publications

  • Whiteford Damerall, A., & Kellogg, R. T. (2016). Familiarity and Aptness in Metaphor Comprehension. The American Journal of Psychology, 129(1), 49–64.
  • Kellogg, R.T., Turner, C.E., Whiteford Damerall, A.., & Mertens, A. (2016). The role of working memory in planning and generating written sentences. Journal of Writing Research, 7, 397-416.
  • Kellogg, R. T., Whiteford, A., Turner, C.E., Cahill, M., & Mertens, A., (2013). Working memory in written composition: An evaluation of the 1996 model. Journal of Writing Research, 5, 159-190.
  • Kellogg, R. T. & Whiteford, A. (2012). Development of writing expertise. In E. Grigorenko, E. Mambrino & D. Preiss (Eds.) Handbook of Writing: A mosaic of perspectives and views. Psychology Press.
  • Kellogg, R. T., Whiteford, A. & Quinlan, T. (2010). Does automated feedback help students learn to write? Journal of Educational Computing Research, 42(2), 173-196.

Recent Presentations

  • Mick, C. & Whiteford Damerall, A. (April, 2017). Stress and religiosity. Poster to be presented at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL
  • Thomas, C. & Whiteford Damerall, A. (April, 2017). Effects of multitasking on student performance. Poster to be presented at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL
  • Mick, C. & Whiteford Damerall, A. (January, 2017). Mental imaging tasks as catalysts for anxiety: Can they induce stress in a nonclinical sample?. Poster presented at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology’s Annual Convention, San Antonio, TX
  • Whiteford Damerall, A. (2016). False memory for metaphorically related concepts. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Boston, MA
  • Whiteford Damerall, A. & Mick, C. (May, 2016). Semantic associations between metaphorically related concepts. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Whiteford Damerall, A. (May, 2015). Visual working memory and conventional metaphors. Poster presented at the Association for Psychological Science Annual Convention, New York.

Contact

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