Julie Higgins

Julie Higgins, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Psychology

Brownson Hall, Room 218 (teaches M, W, R)
Sabbatical Fall 2018 Semester
1 (914) 323-7173

About Me

Dr. Julie Higgins received her B.A. in psychology and English from Cornell University. She received her M.S., M.Phil., and Ph.D. 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 College. 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 College 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.

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Current Courses
Fundamentals of Psychology
Sensation and Perception
Cognitive Psychology
Research Methods in Psychology
Human Memory
Professional History
Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Psychology, Yale University
Summer Instructor
Department of Psychology, Yale University
Cognitive Psychology, Ph.D., Yale University
Cognitive Psychology, Master of Science, Master of Philosophy, Yale University
Psychology and English, Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, Cornell University
Feature Publications


"Lost thoughts: Implicit semantic interference impairs reflective access to currently active information"

Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 142, 6-11, 2013


"Foraging for thought: An inhibition of return-like effect resulting from directing attention within working memory"

Psychological Science, 24, 1104-1112, 2013


"Age differences in brain activity during perceptual vs. reflective attention"

NeuroReport, 21, 293-297, 2010


"The consequence of refreshing for access to non-selected items in young and older adults"

Memory & Cognition, 37, 164-174, 2009


"Evidence for intact selective attention in Alzheimer's disease patients using a location priming task"

Neuropsychology, 19, 381-389, 2005


"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

Awards & Grants

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