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Department of Psychology

College of Arts & Sciences

Meredith E. MinearPicture of Dr. Meredith Minear

Assistant Professor

Plasticity, Cognitive training, executive function

Ph.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 2004

B. S., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign 1994 - (307) 766-4327 - Bio Sciences Bldg 120

*Dr. Minear is not currently accepting graduate students


Academic Positions:

Assistant Professor, University of Wyoming, 2013-present

Assistant Professor, The College of Idaho, 2008-2013

Post-doctoral Research Scholar, Washington University in St. Louis, 2004-2007


Research Interests:

My research interests are focused around executive processes and working memory in the cognitive domain and the related constructs of self-control and impulsiveness in the social personality domains. A major focus of my work is in the plasticity of executive function and self-control i.e. how our environment and experiences affect these processes. One principle aim of my research is to develop training programs that can help students and others improve their cognitive functioning and their ability to self-regulate. A second aim is to study how real world experiences such as media consumption, prolonged stress, education and the arts can improve or impair cognitive control. I am currently developing a line of research to include the use of EEG/ERP methods.

I am also interested in how experiences such as mindful meditation can promote positive characteristics such as empathy and compassion. I am working with the flourish Foundation and the Community School in Sun Valley, Idaho to research the possible beneficial effects of incorporating mindfulness practice into schools.

Cognitive Plasticity Lab website


PSYC 2080 Biological Psychology

PSYC 4080 Physiological Psychology

PSYC 5120 Neuropsychology of Human Behavior

Representative Publications:

Minear, M., Brasher, F., McCurdy, M., Lewis, J., & Younggren, A. (2013). Working memory, fluid intelligence and impulsiveness in heavy media multi-taskers. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, DOI 10.3758/s13423-013-0456-6.

Minear, M. & Shah, P. (2008). Training and transfer effects in task-switching. Memory & Cognition, 36, 1470-1483.

Minear, M. & Shah, P. (2006). Sources of working memory deficits in children and possibilities for remediation. In S.J. Pickering (Ed.) Working memory and Education. Elsevier Press 273-307.

Park, D.C., Polk, T., Park, R., Minear, M., & Savage, A. (2004). Aging reduces neural specialization in ventral visual cortex. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 101, 13091-13095.

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