Julie Higgins

Professor, Psychology


Brownson Hall, 220

Dr. Julie Higgins received her BA in psychology and English from Cornell University. She received her MS, MPhil., and PhD in cognitive psychology from Yale University. Her graduate work was funded by a graduate research fellowship from the National Science Foundation and by a university dissertation fellowship from Yale University. Dr. Higgins did her postdoctoral training in cognitive neuroscience at Yale University before coming to Manhattanville University. Dr. Higgins' research focuses on memory and how our cognitive abilities are influenced by normal aging and by age-related dementias, such as Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Higgins maintains an active research laboratory at Manhattanville University where undergraduate students have the opportunity to work on both collaborative and independent research projects. Dr. Higgins’ courses in cognition explore how we think, remember, make decisions, pay attention, and interpret sensory information about the world. Additionally, these courses explore how the brain is involved in cognition. She also teaches core courses, such as Research Methods in Psychology and Fundamentals of Psychology.

Cognitive Psychology
Fundamentals of Psychology
Human Memory
Research Methods in Psychology
Sensation and Perception

Psychology and English, BA, Cornell University
Cognitive Psychology, MS, Yale University
Cognitive Psychology, PhD, Yale University


“Lost thoughts: Implicit semantic interference impairs reflective access to currently active information”
Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 142, 6-11, 2013
Article, Co-author


“Foraging for thought: An inhibition of return-like effect resulting from directing attention within working memory”
Psychological Science, 24, 1104-1112, 2013
Article, Co-author


“Age differences in brain activity during perceptual vs. reflective attention”
NeuroReport, 21, 293-297, 2010
Article, Co-author


“The consequence of refreshing for access to non-selected items in young and older adults”
Memory & Cognition, 37, 164-174, 2009
Article, Co-author


“Evidence for intact selective attention in Alzheimer's disease patients using a location priming task”
Neuropsychology, 19, 381-389, 2005
Article, Co-author


“Alterations in the dynamics of semantic activation in Alzheimer’s disease: Evidence for the Gain/Decay hypothesis of a disorder of semantic memory”
Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 5, 641-658, 1999
Article, Co-author

Yale University Dissertation Fellowship, 2007-2008

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2004-2007

Nelson Butters Award for Scholarship in Neuropsychology, Massachusetts Neuropsychology Society, 1999