Shannon McGillivray, Ph.D.


Cognitive Psychology; Cognitive Aging
 
 
      Brief Bio:

I'm originally from a small town in Northern California about 100 miles north of San Francisco.  At 16, I decided to take a less than traditional academic track and dropped out of high school, and enrolled in my local community college. After a few years there, I transfered to UC Berkeley where I received my bachelor's degree in Psychology.  After my undergrad, I spent 4 years working in a neuropsychological/behavioral lab where I gained invaluable research experience.  I entered graduate school at UCLA, and received my Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology in 2013.  A few weeks after graduation I joined the faculty here at Weber State.  I love being in the classroom and working with students, as well as continuing with research. My research interests focus primarily on memory, metacognition, and decision making, particularly within the field of cognitive aging.  More specifically, I am interested in factors such as interest, emotion, and strategic processes that positively influence and enhance explicit memory, decision making, and metacognitive accuracy in younger and older adults.  For fun I enjoy watching movies, relaxing, kayaking, and hiking with my boyfriend and our awesome dog Lucy (aka Ruru).
 

Links to current course syllabihttps://www.weber.edu/psychology/Syllabi.html

My Journal publications with pdf links:

  • Hargis, M. B., McGillivray, S., Castel, A. D. (2018). Memory for textbook covers: When and why we remember a book by its cover. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 32, 39-46. pdf
  • McGillivray, S., & Castel, A. D. (2017). Older and younger adults’ strategic control of metacognitive monitoring: The role of consequences, task experience, and prior knowledge. Experimental Aging Research, 43, 233-256. pdf
  • Flores, C., Hargis, M. B., McGillivray, S., Friedman, M. C., Castel, A. D. (2017). Gist-based memory for prices and "better buys" in younger and older adults. Memory, 25, 565-573. pdf
  • Castel, A.D., Friedman, M. F., McGillivray, S., Flores, C.C., Murayama, K., Kerr, T., & Drolet, A. (2016). I owe you: Age-related similarities and differences in associative memory for gains and losses. Aging, Neuropsychology, & Cognition, 23, 549-565. pdf
  • Middlebrooks, C. D., McGillivray, S., Murayama, K., Castel, A. D. (2016). Memory for allergies and health foods: How younger and older adults strategically remember critical health information. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 71, 389-399. pdf
  • McGillivray, S., Murayama, K., & Castel, A. D. (2015). Thirst for knowledge: The effects of curiosity and interest on memory in younger and older adults. Psychology and Aging, 30, 835-841. pdf
  • Friedman, M. C., McGillivray, S., Murayama, K., & Castel, A. D. (2015). Memory for medication side effects in younger and older adults. Memory & Cognition, 43, 206-215. pdf
  • Castel, A. D., McGillivray, S., & Worden, K. M. (2013). Back to the future: Past and future era-based schematic support and associative memory for prices in younger and older adults. Psychology and Aging, 28, 996- 1003 .pdf
  • Castel, A. D., Murayama, K., Friedman, M. C., McGillivray, S., & Link, I. (2013). Selecting valuable information to remember: Age-related differences and similarities in self-regulated learning. Psychology and Aging, 28, 232-242. pdf
  • Castel, A. D., Drolet-Rossi, A., & McGillivray, S. (2012). Beliefs about the “hot hand” in basketball across the adult life span. Psychology and Aging, 27, 601-605. pdf
  • Halamish, V., McGillivray, S., Castel, A. D. (2011). Monitoring one’s own forgetting in younger and older adults. Psychology and Aging, 26, 631- 635. pdf
  • McGillivray, S. & Castel, A. D. (2011). Betting on memory leads to metacognitive improvement by younger and older adults. Psychology and Aging, 26, 137-142. pdf
  • McGillivray, S. & Castel, A. D. (2010). Memory for age-face associations in younger and older adults: The role of generation and schematic support. Psychology and Aging, 25, 822-832. pdf
  • Fein, G. & McGillivray, S (2007). Cognitive performance in long-term abstinent elderly alcoholics. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 31, 1788-1799. pdf
  • Fein, G., McGillivray, S., & Finn, P. (2007). Older adults make less advantageous decisions than younger adults: cognitive and psychological correlates. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 13, 480-489. pdf
  • Fein, G., Landman, B., Tran, H., McGillivray, S., Finn, P., Barakos, J., & Moon, K. (2006). Brain atrophy in long-term abstinent alcoholics who demonstrate impairment on a simulated gambling task. Neuroimage, 32,1465-1471. pdf
  • Fein, G., McGillivray, S., & Finn, P. (2006). Normal performance on a simulated gambling task in treatment-naïve alcohol-dependent individuals. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 30, 959- 966. pdf
  • Fein, G., McGillivray, S., & Finn, P. (2004). Mismatch negativity: No difference between treatment-naïve alcoholics and controls. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 28, 1861-1866. pdf

My Chapters in Edited Books:

  • Castel, A. D., Middlebrooks, C. D., & McGillivray, S. (2016). Monitoring memory in old age: Impaired, Spared, and Aware. In J. Dunlosky & S. Tauber (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Metamemory (pp. 519-535). Oxford University Press, New York, N.Y. pdf
  • McGillivray, S., Friedman, M. C., & Castel, A. D. (2013). Impact of aging on thinking. In K. Holyoak & R. Morrison (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Thinking and Reasoning (pp. 650-672). New York: Oxford University Press. pdf
  • Castel, A. D., McGillivray, S., & Friedman, M. C. (2012). Metamemory and memory efficiency in older adults: Learning about the benefits of priority processing and value-directed remembering. In M. NavehBenjamin & N. Ohta (Eds.), Memory and Aging: Current Issues and Future Directions (pp. 245-270). Philadelphia, PA: Psychology Press. pdf