Curriculum Vita

 

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EDUCATION


2010

Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology

Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado

Advisor: Dr. Benjamin Clegg

Dissertation Title: The Impact of Long-term Visual Representations on Consolidation in Visual Working Memory


2007

M.S. in Cognitive Psychology

Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado

Advisor: Dr. Benjamin Clegg

Thesis Title: Processing in Visuospatial Working Memory: The Effects of Presentation Type and Spatial Configuration


2004

B.S. in Psychology (German minor)

summa cum laude, University Honors and Honors in Psychology

University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida

Advisor: Dr. Valerie Sims

Honors in the Major Thesis Title: Proficiency as a Predictor of Lexical Representation in English Students Learning German


ACADEMIC POSITIONS


2010 - Present

Assistant Professor, University of West Florida, Pensacola, Florida

School of Psychological and Behavioral Sciences


PUBLICATIONS

Peer Reviewed Journals


VanWormer, L. A., Jordan, E. F., & Blalock, L. D. (2014). Assessing the perceived value of research participation. Teaching of Psychology, 41, 233-236. [PDF]


Blalock, L. D., Sawyer, B. D.*, Kiken, A.*, Gutzwiller, R. S., McGill, C.*, & Clegg, B. A. (2014). Cognitive load while driving impairs memory of moving but not stationary elements within the driving environment. Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, 3, 95-100. [PDF]


Blalock, L. D. (2013). Mask similarity impacts short-term consolidation in visual working memory. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 20, 1290-1295. [PDF]


Blalock, L. D., & McCabe, D. P. (2011). Proactive interference and practice effects in visuospatial working memory span task performance. Memory, 19, 83-91. [PDF]


Blalock, L. D. & Clegg, B. A. (2010). Encoding and representation of simultaneous and sequential arrays in visuospatial working memory. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 63, 856-862. [PDF]


Morett, L.*, Clegg, B. A., Blalock, L. D., & Mong, H. M. (2009). Applying multimedia learning theory to map learning and driving navigation. Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, 12, 40-49. [PDF]


Peer Reviewed Proceedings


Clegg, B. A., Heggestad, E., & Blalock, L. D. (2010). The Influences of Automation and Trainee Aptitude on Training Effectiveness. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 54th Annual Meeting, 2329-2332.


Blalock, L. D., Sawyer, B. S.*, Kiken, A.*, & Clegg, B. A. (2009). The Impact of Load on Dynamic Versus Static Situational Knowledge While Driving. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 53rd Annual Meeting, 1338-1342. [PDF]


Campbell, G. E., Johnson, C. I., & Durrance, L. M. (2004). Moving Science Education Out of the Classroom: The Impact of Collaboration and Conceptual Change Activities on Learning. Proceedings of the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation & Education Conference.


Sims, V. K., Chin, M. G., Durrance, L. M., & Johnson, C. I. (2004). Mental models of computers as a function of sex and perceived trust.  Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 48th Annual Meeting, 1248-1251.


Works in Progress


Blalock, L. D., & Clegg, B. A. Impact of global versus local attentional processing on visual working memory organization. Manuscript in Preparation.


Blalock, L. D. Long-term visual representations facilitate short-term consolidation of information into visual working memory. Manuscript Under Revision.


Halonen, J., Blalock, L. D., Jordan, E. J., & VanWormer, L. A. Are there too many psychology majors? Manuscript Under Revision.


* denotes student co-author


PRESENTATIONS

Invited Talks


Blalock, L. D. & Clegg, B. A. (2011, March). The impact of automation and teamwork on training in a dynamic micro-world simulation task. In A. F. Healy & S. L. Ketels (Chairs), Principles of Training. Invited symposium conducted at the 57th annual meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association, Jacksonville, Florida.


Blalock, L. D. (2010, June). Taking a Look at Visual Search. Presented at The Information Science & Technology Center Multidisciplinary Seminar, Colorado State University, Fort Collins.


Blalock, L. D. (2009, April). Interactions Between Attention and Visual Working Memory. Presented at the Department of Psychology, University of Colorado, Boulder.


Conference Presentations


Blalock, L. D. (2014, July). Bottom-up and top-down influences during encoding in VWM. Poster presented at the International Conference on Working Memory, Cambridge, UK.


Blalock, L. D., & VanWormer, L. A. (2013, November). Verbal strategies, aptitude, and change detection performance in visual working memory. Poster presented at the 54th annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Toronto, ON.


Blalock, L. D. (2013, May). Mask similarity impacts short-term consolidation in visual working memory. Poster presented at the 13th annual meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, Naples, FL. [PDF]


Sullivan, A.*, & Blalock, L. D. (2013, March). Short-term consolidation between younger and older adults. Poster presented at the 59th annual meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association conference, Atlanta, GA. [PDF]


Wallace, C.*, & Blalock, L. D. (2013, March). Source Monitoring in Multimedia Learning. Poster presented at the 59th annual meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association conference, Atlanta, GA. [PDF]


Blalock, L. D. (2012, February). Does Fluid Intelligence Predict Stabilization of Visual Working Memory Representations? Paper presented at the 58th annual meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association conference, New Orleans, LA.


Blalock, L. D., & Clegg, B. A. (2011, May). Training Improves Stability of Visual Working Memory Representations. Poster presented at the 11th annual meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, Naples, FL. [PDF]


Clegg, B. A., Heggestad, E. D., Blalock, L. D., & Blitch, J. (2010, April). Levels of automation, aptitude, and the effectiveness of training. Presentation at the Ellis-Battig Memorial Symposium of the 80th Annual Meeting of the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association, Denver, CO.


Blalock, L. D., Sawyer, B. D.,* Kiken A., & Clegg, B. A. (2010, April). The Impact of Load on Simulated Driving and Situational Awareness. Poster presented at the 80th annual meeting of the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association, Denver, CO. [PDF]


McGill, C.*, Blalock, L. D., & Clegg, B. A. (2010, April). Ratings of Importance and Risk of Objects in Simulated Driving Scenes. Poster presented at the 80th annual meeting of the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association, Denver, CO. [PDF]


Blalock, L. D., & Clegg, B. A. (2009, November). Impact of Item Familiarity on Short-term Consolidation in Visual Working Memory. Poster presented at the 50th annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Boston, MA. [PDF]


Blalock, L. D., & Clegg, B. A. (2009, May). Impact of Global vs. Local Attentional Processing on Visual Working Memory Organization. Poster presented at the Vision Sciences Society 9th Annual Meeting, Naples, FL. [PDF]


Blalock, L.D., & McCabe, D. P. (2008, November). Proactive Interference and Practice Effects in Working Memory Span Performance. Poster presented at the 49th annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Chicago, IL. [PDF]


Morett, L.*, Clegg, B. A., Durrance, L. M., & Mong, H. M. (2008, May).  Application of multimedia learning theory to map learning and driving navigation. Poster presented at the 20th annual convention of the Association for Psychological Science, Chicago, IL.


Morett, L*, Clegg, B. A., Durrance, L. M., & Mong, H. M. (2008, April).  Application of multimedia learning theory to map learning and driving navigation. Poster presented at the 78th annual convention of the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association, Boise, ID.


Durrance, L. M., & Clegg, B. A. (2007, November). Encoding, Representation, and General Fluid Intelligence in Visuospatial Working Memory. Poster presented at the 48th annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Long Beach, California. [PDF]


Durrance, L. M., & Clegg, B. A. (2007, May). Aspects of Spatial Cognition: Representation in Visuospatial Working Memory. Poster presented at the 19th annual convention of the Association for Psychological Science, Washington, D.C.


Durrance, L. M., Clegg, B. A., & DeLosh, E. L. (2006, April). Can Spatial Information Improve Item Recall? Paper presented at the 76th annual convention of the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association, Park City, UT.


Campbell, G. E, Durrance, L. M., & Johnson, C. I. (2005, May). Personality as a Moderator of the Collaborative Learning Effect. Poster presented at the 17th annual convention of the American Psychological Society, Los Angeles, CA.


Durrance, L. M., Sims, V. K., & Chin, M. G. (2004, May). Errors in a Bilingual Lexical Decision Task: The Proficiency Factor. Poster presented at the 16th annual convention of the American Psychological Society, Chicago, IL.


Durrance, L. M. (April 2004). Proficiency as a Predictor of Lexical Representation in English Speakers Learning German. Poster presented at the 1st annual University of Central Florida Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence, Orlando, FL. Poster won honorable mention award.


Durrance, L. M., Sims, V. K., & Chin, M.G. (2004, March). Reaction Time Differences in a Bilingual Lexical Decision Task for Learners of German at Different Proficiency Levels. Poster presented at the 50th annual meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association, Atlanta, GA.


  1. *denotes student co-author