VITA OF LEAH LAZAROVITZ LIGHT

 

 

Education

 

Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts, B.A.  (1963)

Stanford University, Stanford, California, Ph. D.  (1969)

 

Employment history

 

Department of Psychology, University of California, Riverside, California (Lecturer, July 1968-

            June 1969).

 

Southwest Regional Laboratory for Educational Research and Development, Inglewood,       California (Member of the professional staff, September 1969-August 1970).

 

Department of Psychology, Pitzer College, Claremont, California (Assistant Professor, 1970-

            1975; Associate Professor, 1975-1980; Professor, 1980--).

 

Andrew Norman Institute for Advanced Studies in Geriatrics and Gerontology, University of

            Southern California, Los Angeles, California (Fellow, September 1985-June 1986).

 

Publications

 

            Bower, G. H., Starr, R., & Lazarovitz, L.  (1965).  Amount of response-produced change in the CS and avoidance learning.  Journal of Comparative and Physiological Psychology, 59, 13-17.

 

            Horowitz, L. M., Day, R. S., Light, L. L., & White, M. A.  (1968).  Availability growth and latent verbal learning.  Journal of General Psychology, 78, 65-83.

 

            Light, L. L., & Carter-Sobell, L.  (1970).  Effects of changed semantic context  on recognition memory.  Journal of Verbal Learning and Verbal Behavior, 9, 1-11.

 

            Light, L. L. (1972).  Homonyms and synonyms as retrieval cues.  Journal of Experimental Psychology, 96, 255-262.

 

            Light, L. L., & Schurr, S. C. (1973).  Context effects in recognition memory:  Item order and unitization.  Journal of Experimental Psychology, 100, 135-140.

 

            Light, L. L., Stansbury, C., Rubin, C., & Linde, S. (1974).  Memory for modality of

presentation:  Within-modality discrimination.  Memory & Cognition, 1, 395-400.

 

            Light, L. L. (1974).  Incentives, information, rehearsal, and the negative recency effect. Memory & Cognition, 2, 295-300.

 

            Light, L. L., & Berger, D. E.  (1974).  Memory for modality:  Within-modality discrimination is not automatic.  Journal of Experimental Psychology, 103, 854-860.

 

            Light, L. L., Berger, D. E., & Bardales, M. (1975).  Trade-off between memory  for verbal items and their visual attributes.  Journal of Experimental Psychology:  Human Learning and Memory, 1, 188-193.

 

            Light, L. L., Kimble, G. A., & Pellegrino, J. W. (1975).  Comments on Episodic memory: When recognition fails, by Watkins and Tulving.  Journal ofExperimental Psychology:  General, 1, 30-36.

 

            Light, L. L., & Berger, D. E. (1976).  Are there long-term "literal copies" of visually presented words?  Journal of Experimental Psychology:  Human Learning and Memory, 2, 654-662.

 

            Light, L. L., Kayra-Stuart, F., & Hollander, S.  (1979).  Recognition memory for typical and unusual faces.  Journal of Experimental Psychology:  Human Learning and Memory, 5,

212-228.

 

            Light, L. L., Hollander, S., & Kayra-Stuart, F. (1981).  Why attractive people are harder to remember.  Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 7, 269-276.

 

            Burke, D. M., & Light, L. L.  (1981).  Memory and aging:  The role of retrieval. Psychological Bulletin, 90, 513-546.

 

            Light, L. L., Zelinski, E. M., & Moore, M. (1982).  Adult age differences in reasoning from new information.  Journal of Experimental Psychology:  Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 8, 435-447.

 

            Light, L. L., & Anderson, P. A. (1983).  Memory for scripts in young and older adults.  Memory & Cognition, 11, 435-444.

 

            Light, L. L., & Zelinski, E. M. (1983).  Memory for spatial information in young and older adults.  Developmental Psychology, 19, 901-906.

 

            Light, L., & Burke, D.  (1984).  Memory.  In S. P. Parker (Ed.), 1984 McGraw-Hill year

book of science and technology  (pp. 279-282).  New York:  McGraw-Hill.

 

            Zelinski, E. M., Light, L. L., & Gilewski, M. J. (1984).  Adult age differences in memory for prose:  The question of sensitivity to passage structure.   Developmental Psychology, 20,

1181-1192.

 

            Light, L. L., & Anderson, P. A.  (1985).  Working-memory capacity, age, and memory for discourse.  Journal of Gerontology, 40, 737-747.

 

            Light, L. L., Singh, A., & Capps, J. L.  (1986).  The dissociation of memory and awareness in young and older adults.  Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 8, 62-74.

 

            Light, L. L., & Capps, J. L.  (1986).  Comprehension of pronouns in young and older adults.  Developmental Psychology, 22, 580-585.

 

            Light L. L. (1987).  Review of A theory of cognitive aging by T. A. Salthouse.  American Journal of Psychology, 100, 125-132.

 

            Light, L. L., & Singh, A.  (1987).  Implicit and explicit memory in young and older adults. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 13, 531-541.

 

            Light, L. L. (1988).  Language and aging:  Competence versus performance.  In J. E. Birren & V. L. Bengtson (Eds.), Emergent theories of aging  (pp. 177-213).  New York:  Springer.

 

            Light, L. L.  (1988).  Preserved implicit memory in old age.  In M. M. Gruneberg, P. E. Morris, & R. N. Sykes (Eds.).  Practical aspects of memory:  Current research and issues  (vol. 2, pp. 90-95).  Chichester, U.K.:  Wiley.

 

            Zelinski,  E. M., & Light, L. L. (1988).  Young and older adults' use of context in spatial memory.  Psychology and Aging, 3, 99-101.

 

            Light, L. L., & Albertson, S. A. (1988).  Comprehension of pragmatic implications in

young and older adults.  In L. L. Light and D. M. Burke (Eds.),  Language, memory, and aging (pp. 133-153).  New York:  Cambridge University Press.

 

            Light, L. L., & Burke, D. M. (Eds.). (1988).  Language, memory,and aging.  New York:

 Cambridge University Press.

 

            Light, L. L., & Burke, D. M. (1988).  Patterns of language and memory in old age.  In L. L. Light & D. M. Burke (Eds.), Language, memory, and aging (pp. 244-271).  New York:

Cambridge University Press.

 

            Light, L. L., & Albertson, S. A. (1989).  Direct and indirect tests of memory for category exemplars in young and older adults.  Psychology and Aging, 4, 487-492 .

 

            Light, L. L. (1990). Interactions between language and memory in old age.  In J. E. Birren & K. W. Schaie (Eds.), Handbook of the psychology of aging.  (3rd ed., pp. 275-290).  New York:  Academic Press.

 

            Light, L. L., Valencia Laver, D., & Zavis, D.  (1991).  Instantiation of general terms in young and older adults.  Psychology and Aging, 6, 337-351.

 

            Light, L. L.  (1991).  Memory and aging:  Four hypothesis in search of data.  Annual Review of Psychology, 42, 333-376.

 

            Light, L. L.  (1992).  The organization of memory in old age.  In F. I. M. Craik & T. Salthouse  (Eds.), Handbook of aging and cognition (pp. 111-165).  Hillsdale, NJ:  Erlbaum.

 

            Light, L. L., LaVoie, D., Valencia-Laver, D., Albertson Owens, S. A., & Mead, G.  (1992).  Direct and indirect measures of memory for modality in young and older adults.  Journal of Experimental Psychology:  Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 18, 1284-1297.

 

            Light, L. L.  (1993).  Language changes in old age.  In G. Blanken, J. Dittmann, H. Grimm, J. C. Marshall, & C.-W. Wallesch (Eds.), Linguistic disorders and pathologies (pp. 900-

918).  Berlin:  Walter de Gruyter.

 

            Light, L. L.  (1993).  Review of Theoretical perspectives on cognitive aging by T. A. Salthouse. American Journal of Psychology, 106, 601-608.

 

            Light, L. L., & LaVoie, D.  (1993).  Direct and indirect measures of memory in old age.  In P. Graf & M. Masson (Eds.), Implicit memory:  New directions in cognition, development,

and neuropsychology (pp. 207-230).  Hillsdale, NJ:  Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

 

            Light, L. L., Owens, S. A., Mahoney, P. G., & La Voie, D. (1993).  Comprehension of

 metaphors by young and older adults.  In J. Cerella, W. Hoyer, J. Rybash, & M. L. Commons (Eds.), Adult information processing:  Limits on loss ( pp. 459-488).  New York:  Academic Press.

 

            La Voie, D., & Light, L. L.  (1994).  Adult age differences in repetition priming:  A meta-

analysis.  Psychology and Aging, 9, 539-553.

 

            Light, L. L., Capps, J. L., Singh, A., & Albertson Owens, S. A.  (1994).  Comprehension and use of anaphoric devices in young and older adults.  Discourse Processes, 18, 77-103.

 

            Light, L. L., La Voie, D., & Kennison, R.  (1995).  Repetition priming of nonwords in young and older adults.  Journal of Experimental Psychology:  Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 21, 327-346.

 

            Light, L. L., & Prull, M. W.  (1995).  Aging, divided attention, and repetition priming.  Swiss Journal of Psychology, 54, 87-101.

 

            Light, L. L.  (1996).  Memory and aging.  In E. L. Bjork & R. A. Bjork (Eds.), Handbook of perception and cognition (2nd ed., Vol. 10:  Memory, pp. 443-490).  San Diego, CA:  Academic Press.

 

            Light, L. L., & Kennison, R. F. (1996).  Guessing strategies, aging, and bias effects in perceptual identification.  Consciousness and Cognition, 5, 463-499.

 

            Light, L. L., & Kennison, R. F. (1996).  Guessing strategies in perceptual identification:  A reply to McKoon and Ratcliff.  Consciousness and Cognition, 5, 512-524.

 

            Light, L. L., Kennison, R., Prull, M. W., La Voie, D., & Zuellig, A.  (1996).  One-trial

associative priming of nonwords in young and older adults). Psychology and Aging, 11, 417-430.

 

            Prull, M. W., Light, L. L., Collett, M. E., & Kennison, R. F.  (1998).  Age-related differences in memory illusions:  Revelation effect.  Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition, 5, 147-165.

 

            Light, L. L.  (2000).  Memory changes in adulthood.  In S. H. Qualls & N. Abeles (Eds.), Psychology and the aging revolution:  How we adapt to longer life (pp. 73-97).  Washington, DC:  American Psychological Association.

 

            Light, L. L., Prull, M. W., & Kennison, R. F.  (2000).  Divided attention, aging, and priming in exemplar generation and category verification.  Memory & Cognition, 28, 856-872.

 

            Light, L. L., Prull, M. W., La Voie, D. J., & Healy, M.  (2000).  Dual process theories of memory in old age.  In T. J. Perfect & E. A. Maylor (Eds.), Models of cognitive aging (pp. 239-300).  Oxford:  Oxford University Press.

 

            Valencia-Laver, D. L., & Light, L. L.  (2000).  The occurrence of causal bridging and predictive inferences in young and older adults.  Discourse Processes, 30, 27-56.

 

            Light, L. L.  (2001).  Commentary:  Some observations on the self-initiated processing hypothesis.  In M. Naveh-Benjamin, M. Moscovitch, & H. L. Roediger III (Eds.), Perspectives on human memory and cognitive aging:  Essays in honour of Fergus Craik  (pp. 315-320).  Philadelphia:  Psychology Press.

 

            Light, L. L., Kennison, R. F., & Healy, M. R.  (2002). Bias effects in word fragment completion in young and older adults.  Memory & Cognition, 30, 1204-1218.

 

            Hertzog, C., & Light, L.  (2003).  Methodological issues in the assessment of technology use for older adults.  In R. W. Pew & S. B. Van Hemel (Eds.), Technology for adaptive aging (pp. 93-127).  Washington, DC:  The National Academies Press.

 

            Light, L. L.  (2004).  Commentary:  Measures, constructs, models, and inferences about aging.  In R. A. Dixon, L.-G. Nilsson, & L. Backman (Eds.). New frontiers in cognitive aging (pp. 89-112).  New York: Oxford University Press.

 

            Light, L. L., Patterson, M. M., Chung, C. C., & Healy, M. R.  (2004).  Effects of repetition and response deadline on associative recognition in young and older adults. 

Memory & Cognition, 32, 1182-1193.

 

            Light, L. L., Healy, M. R., Patterson, M. M., & Chung, C. C.  (2005). Dual-process models of memory in young and older adults:  Evidence from associative recognition.  In L. Taconnat, D. Clarys, S. Vanneste, & M. Isingrini (Eds.), Manifestations cognitives du vieillisement psychologique (pp. 95-116).  Paris:  Publibook.

 

Healy, M. R., & Light, L. L.  (2005).  Dual-process models of associative recognition in young and older adults:  Evidence from Receiver Operating Characteristics.  Journal of Experimental Psychology:  Learning, Memory, and Cognition (due out in July).

 

Light, L. L., Chung, C., Pendergrass, R., & Van Ocker, J. C.  (in press).  Effects of repetition and response deadline on item recognition in young and older adults.  Memory & Cognition.

 

Prull, M. W., Crandell, L. L., Martin, A. Mc L. III, Rosenberg, H. F., & Light, L. L.  (in press).  Recollection and familiarity in recognition memory:  Adult age differences and neuropsychological test correlates.  Psychology and Aging.

 

Thornton, R., & Light, L. L.  (in press).  Language comprehension and production in normal aging.  In J. E. Birren & K. W. Schaie (Eds.), Handbook of the psychology of aging (6th edition). 

 

Membership in Professional Societies

 

American Psychological Association (Fellow of Divisions 1, 3, and 20; Chair, Student Awards Committee, Secretary, Member at Large, currently President of Division 20)

Psychonomic Society

Gerontological Society of America (Fellow)

American Psychological Society (Fellow)

Memory Disorders Research Society

 

Reviewing

 

I have served on the boards of regular consulting editors of Journal of Experimental Psychology:  Learning, Memory, and Cognition, Psychological Review, Discourse Processes, Journal of Educational Psychology, Developmental Psychology, and the Journal of Gerontology.  I am currently on the boards of Psychology and Aging and the Journal of Experimental Psychology:  Learning, Memory, and Cognition.  I served a six-year term as Editor of Psychology and Aging, a journal of the American Psychological Association (1998-2003).  In addition, I served a four-year term (1987-1991) on the Human Development 2 Study Section (Division of Research Grants, National Institutes of Health), have reviewed grant proposals for the National Science Foundation, and served for four years (1992-1995) as a panelist reviewing applications for graduate fellowships in psychology given by the National Science Foundation. 

 

Other Service

 

I am currently a member of a National Research Council Committee on Assessing Behavioral and social Science Research on Aging.

 

Current research interests

 

Memory, language, and aging

Implicit memory versus explicit memory

Recollective processes in recall and recognition

 

Teaching interests

 

Cognition and aging

Memory

Statistics

 

Grants

 

Light, L. L., & Burke, D. M.  Contextual and semantic memory processing in old age.  NIA, 1

             R01 AG02452, September 1, 1980-August 31, 1983; 2 R01 AG02452, September 1,

            1983-August 31, 1989.

 

Light, L. L.  Direct and indirect measures of memory in old age.  NIA, 2 R37 AG02452,

            September 1, 1989-August 31, 1994 (MERIT).

 

Light, L. L.  Direct and indirect measures of memory in old age.  NIA, 2 R37 AG02452,

            September 10, 1994-August 31, 1999 (MERIT).

 

Light, L. L.  Direct and indirect measures of memory in old age.  NIA, 2 R01 AG02452,

            September 1, 1999-August 31, 2005.

 

References

 

            Deborah M. Burke

            Department of Psychology

            Pomona College

            Claremont, CA  91711

            Phone:  (909) 607-2440

            email:  dburke@pomona.edu

 

            Fergus I. M. Craik

Rotman Research Institute

Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care

University of Toronto

3560 Bathurst Street

Toronto, Ontario  M6A 2E1

Canada

email: fcraik@rotman-baycrest.on.ca

 

Mary Ann Parris Stephens

Department of Psychology

118 Kent Hall

Kent State University

Kent, OH  44242-0001

Phone:  (330) 672-2027

email:  mstephens@kent.edu

 

            Rose T. Zacks

Dept. of Psychology

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI 48824-1117

Phone:  (517) 353-9069

email:  zacksr@msu.edu