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Loyola University Chicago

Department of Psychology

Robert G Morrison

Title: Assistant Professor, Ph.D. 
Office: 244 Coffey Hall
Phone: 773.508.2973 
E-mail: rmorrison@luc.edu 


Personal Information

Post-Doc, 2007-2009, Northwestern University
Ph.D., 2004, University of California, Los Angeles
M.A., 2000, University of California, Los Angeles
M.A., 1998, Cleveland State University
B.S., Wheaton College

Website:  www.canlab.org

Research Interests:

I am interested in understanding how humans remember and reason.  My collaborators and I use a variety of tools including brain imaging (EEG/ERP), neuropsychology and computational modeling.  We also study these topics in young children and older adults as well as people with a variety of neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer’s disease, Frontotemporal Dementia and Mild Cognitive Impairment.


Laboratory in Experimental Psychology:  Cognition
Information Processing (Graduate)


Richland, L.E., Chan, T.K., Morrison, R.G., & Au, T.K.F. (in press). Young Children's Analogical Reasoning across Cultures: Similarities and Differences. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology.

Morrison, R.G. (in press). Analogical Reasoning: Models of Development. In H. Pashler (Ed.), Encyclopedia of the mind. Thousand Oaks, CA:  Sage Publications.

Doumas, L.A.A., Morrison, R.G., & Richland, L.E. (2009). The development of analogy: Task learning and individual differences. Proceedings of the Thirty-First Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society  (pp. 3133-3138). Mahwah, NJ:  Erlbaum.

Morrison, R.G., Reber, P., & Paller, K.A. (2009). Dissociation of category-learning mechanisms via brain potentials. Proceedings of the Thirty-First Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 3076-3081).  Mahwah, NJ:  Erlbaum.

Krawczyk, D. C., Morrison, R. G., Viskontas, I., Holyoak, K. J., Chow, T. W., Mendez, M., Miller, B.L., & Knowlton, B. J. (2008). Distraction during relational reasoning:  The role of prefrontal cortex in interference control. Neuropsychologia, 46, 2020-2032.

Morrison, R.G., & Cho, S. (2008). Neurocognitive process constraints on analogy:  What changes to allow children to reason like adults? Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 31, 391-392.

Lu, H., Morrison, R.G., Hummel, J.E., & Holyoak, K.J. (2006). Role of gamma-band synchronization in priming of form discrimination for multi-object displays. Journal of Experimental Psychology:  Human Perception and Performance, 32, 610-617.

Morrison, R.G., Doumas, L.A.A., & Richland, L.E. (2006). The development of analogical reasoning in children:  A computational account.  Proceedings of the Twenty-eighth Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 603-608).  Mahwah, NJ:  Erlbaum.

Richland, L.E., Morrison, R.G., & Holyoak, K.J. (2006). Children’s development of analogical reasoning: Insights from scene analogy problems. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 94, 249–273.

Thompson, G., Morrison, R.G., Holyoak, K.J., & Clark, T.K. (2006). Evaluation of an online analogical patient simulation program.  Proceedings of the Nineteenth IEEE International Symposium on Computer-Based Medical Systems (pp. 623-628).  Los Alamitos, CA:  IEEE Computer Society.            

Holyoak, K.J., & Morrison, R.G. (Eds.) (2005). Cambridge Handbook of Thinking and Reasoning.  New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

Holyoak, K.J., & Morrison, R.G. (2005).  Thinking and reasoning:  A readers guide.  In K.J. Holyoak & R.G. Morrison (Eds.), Cambridge Handbook of Thinking and Reasoning.  (pp. 1-9). New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

Morrison, R.G. (2005).  Thinking in working memory.  In K.J. Holyoak & R.G. Morrison (Eds.), Cambridge Handbook of Thinking and Reasoning (pp. 457-473).  New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

Morrison, R.G., Krawczyk, D., Holyoak, K.J., Hummel, J.E., Chow, T., Miller, B., & Knowlton, B.J. (2004). A neurocomputational model of analogical reasoning and its breakdown in frontotemporal lobar degeneration. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 16, 260-271.

Viskontas, I.V., Morrison, R.G., Holyoak, K.J., Hummel, J.E., &  Knowlton, B.J.,  (2004) Relational integration, inhibition and analogical reasoning in older adults. Psychology and Aging, 19, 581-591.

Morrison, R. G., & Holyoak, K. J. (2003). Problem solving. In M. Aminoff & R. Daroff (Eds.), The encyclopedia of the neurological sciences (Vol. 1, pp. 60-62). San Diego: Academic Press.

Morrison, R.G., Holyoak, K.J., & Truong, B. (2001). Working memory modularity in analogical reasoning. Proceedings of the Twenty-fourth Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 663-668).   Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

Morrison, R.G., & Wallace, B.  (2001). Imagery vividness, creativity, and the visual arts. Journal of Mental Imagery, 25, 135-152.

Spellman, B.A., Holyoak, K.J., & Morrison, R.G. (2001).  Analogical priming via semantic relations.  Memory & Cognition, 29, 383-393.

Professional Societies

Association for Psychological Science

Cognitive Development Society

Cognitive Neuroscience Society

Cognitive Science Society

Psychonomic Society, Associate

Society for Neuroscience


Psychology Department · 1032 W. Sheridan Road · Chicago, IL 60660
Phone: 773.508.3001 · Fax: 773.508.8713

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