Wythe Whiting Professor of Psychology

Wythe Whiting

Parmly 236
540.458.8210
whitingw@wlu.edu
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Education

Ph.D. Experimental Psychology, Georgia Institute of Technology
M.S. Experimental Psychology, Georgia Institute of Technology
B.S. Psychology, Birmingham-Southern College

Research

The cognition lab is currently engaged in two avenues of research. The first investigates the role that increases in neural noise may have on declining cognition in older adults.  Specifically, does noise in the peripheral nervous system correlate with selective attention performance in noisy visual environments?  In conjunction with Dr. Karla Murdock’s lab, the second area of research examines the effect of smart phone use and sleep on attention performance.

Teaching

Cognition (PSYC 112)
Evolutionary Psychology (PSYC 215)
Research Design and Analysis (PSYC 250)
Attention (PSYC 254)
Advanced Methods in Attention Research (PSYC 354)

Selected Publications

Whiting, W.L., & Murdock, K.K. (2016). Emerging Adults’ Sleep Patterns and Attentional Capture: The Pivotal Role of Consistency. Cognitive Processing, 17, 155-62.

Whiting, W.L., Sample, C. & Hagan, S. (2014). Top-Down Processing Modulates Older Adults' Susceptibility to Noise. Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition, 21, 370-385.

Johnson, D.R., & Whiting, W.L. (2013). Detecting subtle expressions: Older adults demonstrate automatic and controlled positive response bias in emotional perception. Psychology and Aging, 28, 172-178.

Costello, M.C., Madden, D.J., Mitroff, S.R., & Whiting, W.L. (2010). Age-Related Decline of Visual Processing Components in Change Detection. Psychology and Aging, 25, 356-368.

Whiting, W.L., Madden, D.J., & Babcock, K. (2007). Overriding Age Differences in Attentional Capture with Top-down Processing. Psychology and Aging, 22, 223-232.

Whiting, W.L. (2007). Memory in Psychology. In W.A. Darity (Ed.), International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, (2nd ed.). Thompson Press.

Madden, D.J., Spaniol, J., Bucur, B., & Whiting, W.L. (2007). Age-related increase in top-down activation of visual features. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 60, 644-651.

Madden, D.J., Spaniol, J., Whiting, W.L., Bucur, B., Provenzale, J.M., Cabeza, R., White, L., & Huettel, S.A. (2007). Adult age differences in the functional neuroanatomy of visual attention: A combined fMRI and DTI study. Neurobiology of Aging, 28, 459-476.

Whiting, W.L., Madden, D.J., Pierce, T.W., & Allen, P.A. (2005). Searching From the Top Down: Aging and Attentional Guidance During Singleton Detection. In P. Rabbitt (Ed.), Cognitive Gerontology: Cognitive Change in Old Age (pp 72-97). New York: Psychology Press.

Madden, D.J., Whiting, W.L., Spaniol, J., & Burcur, B. (2005). Adult Age Differences in the Implicit and Explicit Components of Top-Down Attentional Guidance During Visual Search. Psychology and Aging, 20, 317-329.

Whiting, W.L., Madden, D.J., Pierce, T.W., & Allen, P.A. (2005). Searching From the Top Down: Aging and Attentional Guidance During Singleton Detection. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 58A, 72-97.

Madden, D.J., Whiting, W.L., & Huettel, S.A. (2005). Age-Related Changes in Neural Activity During Visual Perception and Attention. In R. Cabeza, L. Nyberg, & D. C. Park (Eds.), Cognitive Neuroscience of Aging: Linking Cognitive and Cerebral Aging (pp. 157-185). New York: Oxford University Press.

Kealey, S.M., Kim, Y.J., Whiting, W.L., Madden, D.J., & Provenzale, J.M. (2005). Determination of Multiple Sclerosis Plaque Size with Diffusion-Tensor MR Imaging: Comparison Study with Healthy Volunteers. Radiology, 236, 615-620.

Madden, D.J., Whiting, W.L., Huettel, S.A., White, L.E., MacFall, J.R., & Provenzale, J.M. (2004). Diffusion Tensor Imaging of Adult Age Differences in Cerebral White Matter: Relation to Response Time. NeuroImage, 21, 1174-1181.

Madden, D.J., Whiting, W.L., Cabeza, R., & Huettel, S.A. (2004). Age-Related Preservation in Top-Down Attentional Guidance During Visual Search. Psychology and Aging, 19, 304-309.

Madden, D.J., Whiting, W.L., Provenzale, J.M., & Huettel, S.A. (2004). Age-related changes in neural activity during visual target detection measured by fMRI. Cerebral Cortex, 14, 143-155.

Madden, D. J., & Whiting, W. L. (2004) Age-related changes in visual attention. In P. T. Costa & I. C. Siegler (Eds.), Recent Advances in Psychology and Aging (pp. 41-88). Amsterdam: Elsevier.

Whiting, W. L. (2003). Adult age differences in divided attention: Effects of elaboration. Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition, 10, 141-157.

Whiting, W.L., Madden, D.J., Langley, L.K., Denny, L.L., Turkington, T.G., Provenzale, J.M., Hawk, T.C., & Coleman, R.E. (2003). Lexical and sublexical components of age-related changes in neural activation during visual word identification. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience,15, 475-487.

Madden, D.J., Langley, L.K., Thurston, R.C., Whiting, W.L., & Blumenthal, J.A. (2003). Interaction of Blood Pressure and Adult Age in Memory Search and Visual Search Performance. Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition, 10, 241-254.

Smith, A. D., Park, D. C., Earles, J. L. K., Shaw, R., & Whiting, W. L. (1998). Age differences in context integration in memory. Psychology and Aging, 13, 21-28.

Whiting, W. L., & Smith, A. D. (1997). Differential age-related processing resource limitations in recall and recognition tasks. Psychology and Aging, 12, 216-224.