Betty Glisky

The Amnesia and Cognition Unit

Department of Psychology

University of Arizona

|What We Do|People|Memory Interest Group|Our Location|

|Current Projects|Recent Publications|Research Subjects|

|How to Contact Us|Questions About Memory?|Related Links|

What We Do

The Amnesia and Cognition Unit is a neuropsychology research laboratory in the Department of Psychology at the University of Arizona, dedicated to studying memory and amnesia. Our main focus is on explaining changes in various kinds of memory due to aging and brain injury, and we are also interested in the rehabilitation of memory disorders.


Dr. Elizabeth L. Glisky is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Arizona.

Graduate students currently working in the lab include  Elsie Vezey, Leticia Carrasco, Susan Rubin, Shaun Cook, and Patrick Davidson. We also always have several undergraduates working with us.

The Memory Interest Group

A group of faculty and students interested in cognitive and neuropsychological approaches to the study of memory meets weekly in Psychology 317 during the school year. We discuss our own research, recent papers of interest, and clinical cases. If you would like to join us, contact Patrick Davidson.

Our Location

The Amnesia and Cognition Unit is in Room 251 of the Psychology Building, at 1503 East University Boulevard. We are on the University of Arizona's main campus. If you have a browser that supports graphics, you can look at a map of the campus.

If you're travelling to the campus for a pre-arranged testing session, remember that you can park in the lot that is immediately east of the Psychology building. We have to give you a parking pass, so let us know when we're scheduling the session if you need one.

To get to the psychology building, take Campbell to the campus, and turn west down the mall (at the University Blvd./3rd St. traffic lights). Drive along the mall (through the Cherry St. intersection), and then turn north into the Psychology parking lot.

Remember, if you are using a browser that supports graphics, you can take a look at a map of the U of A campus.

Current Projects

We are currently investigating the relationship between source memory and the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain, in conjunction with Professors Cyma Van Petten and Elena Plante. The project is funded in part by the National Institute on Aging (NIA).

We co-operate with Professor Lee Ryan in her use of both functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and neuropsychological testing to study memory. Professors Barnes, DeWeerd, Forster, Jacobs, Kaszniak, McNaughton, Nadel, Rapcsak, Wenk, and Wilson also study memory in animals and humans.

We are very interested in clinical cases of amnesia, and also focus on the rehabilitation of memory. Currently we are trying to encourage learning in patients with memory disorders.

Other projects in our lab concern the relationship between emotion and memory, false recognition, and the role of the frontal lobes in prospective memory.

Recent Publications

Davidson, P. S. R., & Glisky, E. L. (2001). Is flashbulb memory a special instance of source memory? Evidence from older adults. Memory, in press.

Glisky, E. L., Rubin, S. R., & Davidson, P. S. R. (2001). Source memory in older adults: An encoding or retrieval problem? Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, in press.

Rapcsak, S. Z., Reminger, S. L., Glisky, E. L., Kaszniak, A. W., & Comer, J. F. (1999). Neuropsychological mechanisms of false facial recognition following frontal lobe damage. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 16 (3-5), 267-292.

Rubin, S. R., Van Petten, C., Glisky, E. L., & Newberg, W. M. (1999). Memory conjunction errors in younger and older adults: Event-related potential and neuropsychological data. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 16 (3-5), 459-488.

Glisky, E. L., & Glisky, M. L. (1999). Memory rehabilitation in the elderly. In D. T. Stuss, G. Winocur & I. H. Robertson (Eds.), Cognitive neurorehabilitation: A comprehensive approach. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Butters, M. A., Soety, E., & Glisky, E. L. (1999). Memory rehabilitation. In P. J. Snyder & P. D. Nussbaum (Eds.), Clinical neuropsychology practice guidebook.

McDaniel, M. A., Glisky, E. L., Rubin, S. R., Guynn, M. J., & Routhieaux, B. C. (1999). Prospective memory: A neuropsychological study. Neuropsychology, 13 (1), 103-110.

Glisky, E. L. (1998). Differential contribution of frontal and medial temporal lobes to memory: Evidence from focal lesions and normal aging. In N. Raz (Ed.), The other side of the error term: Aging and development as model systems in cognitive neuroscience (pp. 261-317). Amsterdam: Elsevier.

Rapcsak, S. Z., Kaszniak, A. W., Reminger, S. L., Glisky, M. L., Glisky, E. L., & Comer, J. F. (1998). Dissociation between verbal and autonomic measures of memory following frontal lobe damage. Neurology, 51, 1259-1265.

Glisky, E. L. (1997). Rehabilitation of memory function. In T. E. Feinberg & M. J. Farah (Eds.), Behavioral neurology and neuropsychology. New York: McGraw-Hill.

Glisky, E., & Delaney, S. (1996). Implicit memory and new semantic learning in posttraumatic amnesia. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 11 (2), 31-42.

Barnhardt, T. M., Glisky, E. L., Polster, M. R., & Elam, L. (1996). Inhibition of associates and activation of synonyms in the rare-word paradigm: Further evidence for a center-surround mechanism. Memory & Cognition, 24 (1), 60-69.

Prigatano, G. P., Glisky, E. L., & Konoff, P. S. (1996). Cognitive rehabilitation after traumatic brain injury. In P. W. Corrigan & S. C. Yudofsky (Eds.), Cognitive rehabilitation for neuropsychiatric disorders. Washington, D. C.: American Psychiatric Press.

Glisky, E. L. (1995). Acquisition and transfer of word processing skill by an amnesic patient. Journal of Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 5 (4), 299-318.

Glisky, E. L. (1995). Computers in memory rehabilitation. In A. D. Baddeley, B. A. Wilson, & F. N. Watts (Eds.), Handbook of Memory Disorders (pp. 557-575). Chichester, England: John Wiley & Sons.

Glisky, E. L, Polster, M. R, & Routhieaux, B. C. (1995, April). Double dissociation between item and source memory. Neuropsychology, 9 (2), 229-235.

Thoene, A. I. T., & Glisky, E. L. (1995, January) Learning of name-face associations in memory impaired patients: A comparison of different training procedures. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 1 (1), 29-38.

Research Subjects

We are always looking for volunteers to help us with our investigations, either as participants in various studies or as research assistants.

Are you a freshman who would like to participate in an experiment, and fulfill your 101 course requirements? Check the bulletin board across from the main departmental office, on the third floor of the Psychology building.

Are you interested in volunteering time to assist in data collection or analysis? Would you like to work on your honors project in our lab? We're always looking for motivated students! Contact Professor Glisky directly.

How To Contact Us

Our mailing address is:

Amnesia and Cognition Unit
Room 251, Psychology Building
1503 East University Boulevard
P.O. Box 210068
University of Arizona
Tucson, Arizona 85721-0068

Questions About Memory?

If you are interested in learning more about memory, or have questions about specific problems, we can recommend a few books. One is by Daniel L. Schacter (1996), and is called Searching for Memory (published by Basic Books). Alan J. Parkin (1997) wrote Memory and Amnesia, available from Blackwell. Alan D. Baddeley (1997) wrote Memory: Theory and Practice, published by Basic Books; he also co-edited the more indepth Handbook of Memory Disorders, published in 1995 by Wiley (soon to be revised). Recently, Endel Tulving and Fergus Craik (2000) edited The Oxford Handbook of Memory, for students and researchers.

Related Links

Neuropsychology Central

Neurosciences on the Internet

BBC News info site on amnesia

The Exploratorium Memory Page

Published August 26, 1997. All rights reserved. This is not an official University of Arizona web page.