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Department of Psychology|College of Arts & Sciences

Suzanna L. PenningrothSuzanna Penningroth

Associate Professor

Prospective memory; Cognitive aging

Dr. Penningroth's lab is also part of Wy-OARG (the Wyoming Older Adults Research Group), which is composed of Dr. Penningroth's lab, Dr. Nunez' lab, and Dr. McKibbin's lab.


Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago 1995

M.A., University of Illinois at Chicago 1993

B.S., University of Washington 1989 • (307) 766-4323 • Bio Sciences Bldg 109


*Dr. Penningroth is not taking students for the 2016-2017 academic year.


Academic Positions

Associate Professor, University of Wyoming

Assistant Professor, University of Wyoming

Adjunct Professor, University of Wyoming

Visiting Professor, Florida Atlantic University, Ft. Lauderdale

Post-doc in statistics, (NHLBI funded) Behavioral Medicine Research Program, University of Miami


Research Interests

Prospective Memory (memory for future actions) - Information processing in prospective memory - Adult aging and prospective memory - Childhood development of prospective memory - Social-cognitive and motivational factors in prospective memory - Individual differences in prospective memory - The intention superiority effect- Implementation intentions and other strategies - Cognitive Aging - Goals and aging - Knowledge about cognitive aging prospective memory and aging-Critical thinking



General Psychology (Psyc 1000)

Issues in Psychology (Critical Thinking)(Psyc 1001)

Cognitive Psychology (Psyc 3120)

Advanced Cognitive Psychology (Psyc 5230) (Graduate)

Graduate Seminar: Memory Across the Lifespan (Psyc 5760)

Editorial Activities

Ad Hoc Reviewer: Applied Cognitive Psychology, Psychologische Forschung (Psychological Research), Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, Experimental Aging Research, Memory, Aging Neuropsychology and Cognition



Chapters in Edited Books

Penningroth, S. L., Bartsch, K., & McMahan, E. A. (in press). Motivational Influences are Important for Understanding Prospective Memory Performance in Children. In Psychology of Memory. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers, Inc. preprint word doc

Penningroth, S. L., & Scott, W. D. (2008). Improving Goal-based Models of Motivation: Incorporating Research on Prospective Memory. In F. Columbus (Ed.), Psychology of Motivation (pp. 75-82). Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.

Penningroth, S. L., & Scott, W. D. (2007). A Motivational-Cognitive Model of Prospective Memory: The Influence of Goal Relevance. In F. Columbus (Ed.), Psychology of Motivation (pp. 115-128). Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers, Inc. prepring word doc

Manuscripts Submitted for Publication

 McCrea, S. M., Penningroth, S. L., & Tyser, M. P. Intention strategies: Implementation intentions uniquely forge a strong cue-response link and boost prospective memory performance, manuscript submitted for publication.

Penningroth, S. L. & Scott, W. D. Age-related differences in the goals and concerns that motivate real life prospective memory tasks, manuscript submitted for publication.

Selected Journal Articles

Penningroth, S. L., & Scott, W. D. (In press). Effects of importance on memory strategy use in prospective memory tasks, Applied Cognitive Psychology.

Penningroth, S. L. & Scott, W. D. (in press). Prospective memory tasks related to goals and concerns are rated as more important by both young and older adults, European Journal of Ageing.

Penningroth, S. L., Graf, P., & *Gray, J. M. (2012). The effect of a working memory load on the intention-superiority effect: Examining features of automaticity, Applied Cognitive Psychology, 26, 441-450. pdf

Penningroth, S. L., & Scott, W. D. (2012). Age-related differences in reported goals: Support for socioemotional selectivity theory and selection, optimization, and compensation theory, International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 74, 87-111. pdf

Penningroth, S. L., Scott, W. D., & Freuen, M. (2011). Social motivation in prospective memory: higher importance ratings and reported performance rates for social tasks, Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology, 65, 3-11. pdf

Penningroth, S. L. (2011). When does the intention-superiority effect occur? Activation patterns before and after task completion, and moderating variables, Journal of Cognitive Psychology (formerly European Journal of Cognitive Psychology ) 23, 140-156. preprint word doc

Penningroth, S. L., *Despain, L., & *Gray, M. J. (2007). A course designed to improve psychological critical thinking,Teaching of Psychology, 34, 153-157. preprint word doc

Penningroth, S. L. (2005). Effects of attentional demand, cue typicality, and priming on an event-based prospective memory task, Applied Cognitive Psychology, 19, 885-897. pdf

Penningroth, S. L. (2005). Free-recall of everyday retrospective and prospective memories: The intention-superiority effect is moderated by action versus state orientation and by gender, Memory, 13(7), 711-724. pdf



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