Amy Overman

Associate Professor of Psychology
Psychology & Human Service Stu 125E
2337 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244
aoverman@elon.edu (336) 278-5152

Professional Expertise

brain, memory, aging, science of learning

Brief Biography

Dr. Overman is a cognitive neuroscientist and an expert in the science of learning, memory, aging, and the brain. Her primary research focuses on memory and other cognitive processses in older and younger adults at both behavioral and neural levels. Dr. Overman also conducts collaborative research on other topics in cognitive neuroscience and cognitive psychology with colleagues at Elon and elsewhere. She is an active mentor of undergraduate research. Dr. Overman is Associate Director of the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning. She is also a co-founder of Elon's Neuroscience minor and currently serves as a member of the Neuroscience Advisory Committee and as faculty advisor for the Elon University Neuroscience Club.

Education

Ph.D. & M.S., Cognitive Psychology/Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Pittsburgh and Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition, Carnegie Mellon University & University of Pittsburgh

B.S., Neuroscience, Magna Cum Laude, Allegheny College

Courses Taught

Behavioral Neuroscience - PSY 243
Memory & Memory Disorders - PSY 310
Special Topics in Neuroscience: Neuroplasticity - PSY 351
Introductory Psychology - PSY 111
Seminar in Neuroscience - NEU 495
Elon College Fellows Junior Seminar - ECF 313

Leadership Positions

Associate Director of the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning, 2015-2019

Organizer, North Carolina Cognition Conference, 2014-2015

Chair, Academic Technology & Computing Committee 2012-2013

Chair, Biological psychology faculty hire search committee, Psychology Department, 2012-2013

Disciplinary Editor, American Journal of Undergraduate Research, 2011-present

Advisor, Elon University Neuroscience Club, 2010-present

Founding Member, Neuroscience Program Advisory Board, 2008-present

Current Projects

Selected - some are in initial stages and are not listed here

The effect of congruency on associative memory in older and younger adults (with *Saelzler, U, & *Katschke, J.)

Strategy switching effects on associative memory in older and younger adults (with *Robinson, S. & *Stocker, M.)

MTL contributions to item-item & item-context memory in older and younger adults (with Dennis, N.A., *Cesar, L, Richard, *A., & *Steinsiek, A.)

The influence of personality traits on mechanisms of speech integration (with Stephens, J.D.W.)

Collaborators at other universities:

Dr. Nancy A. Dennis - http://canlab.psych.psu.edu/

Dr. Joseph D.W. Stephens - https://sites.google.com/site/jdwstephens/

Lab alumni in psychology/neuroscience fields:

Jessica Katschke (’14), M.A. student in Psychology, focus on aging, UNCW, Wilmington, NC

Ursula Saelzler (’13), Ph.D. student in Cognitive Neuroscience, focus on aging, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA

Garrett Tante (’13), M.A. in Psychology Education, The University of Manchester, Manchester, UK

Ruth Robbins (’12), Ph.D. student in Clinical Psychology, focus on aging, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

Leslie Hart (’12), Ph.D. student in School Psychology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

Stephanie Robinson (’11), Ph.D. student in Psychology, focus on aging, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA; M.A. in Psychology, focus on aging, The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC

Kimberly Duggins (’10), research assistant, Wake Forest School of Medicine; M.A. in Psychology, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY (entered as Ph.D. student)

Justin Sun ('10), research assistant, Applied Neurobiology, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Washington, DC

Brian T. Smith (’09), Ph.D. student in Psychology, focus on aging, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC; M.A. in Psychology, focus on aging, UNCW, Wilmington, NC

Grants Awarded

1. 2014-2015, Faculty Research & Development Released Time Fellowship

2. 2014-2015, Spring Undergraduate Research Forum (SURF) Symposium Grant, with M. Gendle, E. Hall, K. Matera

3. Summer 2014, Faculty Research & Development Summer Fellowship

4. Spring 2014, Faculty Research & Development Sabbatical

5. Summer 2013, Faculty Research & Development Summer Fellowship

6. 2012-2013, Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (CATL) Grant, with E. Bauer

7. 2011-2012, Diversity Infusion Program, Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (CATL), with G. Smith, B. Longmire-Avital, L. Wilmshurst, L.K. Epting, M. Allison

8. Summer 2011, Faculty Research & Development Summer Fellowship

9. 2010-2011, Faculty Research & Development Released Time Fellowships (2)

10. 2009-2010, Fund for Excellence in the Arts & Sciences Award, with C. Ketcham, E. Hall, K. Matera, and S. Duvall

11. 2008-2009, Fund for Excellence in the Arts & Sciences, with E.Hall, C. Ketcham, R. Vick, and M. Gendle

12. 2007-2008, Faculty Research & Development Grant

13. 2007-2008, Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (CATL) Grant

14. 2007-2008, Academic Technology and Computing Committee Grant,  with T. Green and L.K. Epting

Publications

(*=undergraduate co-author)

Dennis, N.A., Turney, I.C., Johnson, C.E., & Overman, A.A. (In Press). The effects of item familiarity on the neural correlates of successful associative memory encoding. Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience.

Overman, A.A. & *Robbins, R.E. (2014). Game-based community cognitive health intervention for minority and lower socioeconomic status older adults: A feasibility pilot study. Games for Health Journal: Research, Development, and Clinical Applications, 3(5). doi: http://10.1089/g4h.2014.0052

Allison, M., Overman, A. A., *Braun, M., *Campbell, M., & Price, J. R. (2014). Recognition and recall of vehicles and manufacturer symbols: Implications for eyewitness vehicle identifications. Applied Psychology in Criminal Justice, 10, 83-97.

Stephens, J.D.W., *Neal, D.S., & Overman, A.A. (2014). Closing the empathy gap in college students’ judgments of end-of-life tradeoffs. International Journal of Psychology, 49(4), 313-317. doi: 10.1002/ijop.12025

Overman, A.A. & Stephens, J.D.W. (2013). Synergistic effects of encoding strategy and context salience on associative memory in older adults. Psychology and Aging, 28(3), 654-665. doi: 10.1037/a0031441

Overman, A.A., *Wiseman, K.D. (formerly Duggins), Stephens, J.D.W., & Allison, M. (2013). Age differences in memory for crime information. Experimental Aging Research, 39(2), 215-234.  doi: 10.1080/0361073X.2013.761914

Overman, A.A. (2012). Cognitive training for cognitive impairment due to cerebral malaria: a case report. NeuroRehabilitation, 30(2), 101-107.  doi: 10.3233/NRE-2012-0732

Allison, M.A., *Michael, S.W., *Mathews, S.R., Overman, A.A. (2011). Narrative qualities and perceptions of generated alibis. North American Journal of Psychology, 13, 359-366.

*Appino, K.A., *Svec, C., *Tankard, B., Overman, A.A., & Stephens, J.D.W. (2010). Odor and the effects of schema activation on recognition memory. American Journal of Undergraduate Research, 9(2&3), 7-12.

Overman, A.A., *Sun, J., *Golding, A.C., & *Prevost, D. (2009). Chewing gum does not induce context-dependent memory when flavor is held constant. Appetite, 53(2), 253-255.  doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2009.06.013

Overman, A.A. & Becker, J.T. (2009). The associative deficit in older adult memory: Recognition of pairs is not improved by repetition. Psychology and Aging, 24(2), 501-506.  doi: 10.1037/a0015086

Becker, J.T. & Overman, A.A. (2004). The memory deficit in Alzheimer’s Disease. In A.D. Baddeley, M.D. Kopelman & B.A. Wilson (Eds.), The Essential Handbook of Memory Disorders for Clinicians (pp. 113-133). West Sussex, England: Wiley.

Overman, A.A., & Becker, J.T. (2004). Information processing defects in episodic memory in Alzheimer’s disease.  In R.G. Morris & J.T. Becker (Eds.), The Cognitive Neuropsychology of Alzheimer's Disease, 2nd ed. (pp. 121-140).  Oxford, England: Oxford University Press.

Overman, A.A., Hoge, J., Dale, J.A., Cross, J.D., & Chein, A. (2003). EEG alpha desynchronization in musicians and non-musicians in response to changes in melody, tempo, and key in classical music. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 97(2), 519-532. doi: 10.2466/pms.2003.97.2.519

Becker, J.T., & Overman, A.A. (2002). The semantic memory deficit in Alzheimer’s Disease. Revista de Neurologia, 35(8), 777-783.

Becker, J.T., & Overman, A.A. (2002). The memory deficit in Alzheimer’s Disease. In A. D. Baddeley, M.D. Kopelman, & B.A. Wilson (Eds.), The Handbook of Memory Disorders, 2nd ed. (pp. 569-590). West Sussex, England: Wiley.

Presentations

(selected, *=undergraduate co-author)

Overman, A.A., Dennis, N.A., *Steinsiek, A., & *Cesar, L. Same face, same place, different memory: Item and contextual binding in older and younger adults. Presented at North Carolina Cognition Group Meeting, Elon University, Elon, NC, February 21, 2015.

Overman, A.A., *Saelzler, U.G., *Katschke, J.L., Stephens, J.D.W. Effects of gender congruency on memory for face-name associations in young and older adults. Presented at Cognitive Aging Conference, Atlanta, GA, April 3-6, 2014.

Overman, A.A., *Robinson, S.A., & Dennis, N.A. Strategy switching effects in cued recall for related and unrelated word pairs. Presented at North Carolina Cognition Group Meeting, Duke University, Durham, NC, March 29, 2014.

*Katschke, J.L., *Packard, L.E., Overman, A.A. & Stephens, J.D.W. Examining the mechanisms of information integration in speech perception. Carolinas Psychology Conference, Raleigh, NC, April 20, 2013.

*Schwartz, B.P., *Tante, G.B., & Overman, A.A. Multiple repetitions, perception of control, and associative memory in young and older adults. Carolinas Psychology Conference, Raleigh, NC, April 20, 2013.

Stephens, J.D.W., *Scrivens, J., & Overman, A.A. Do “autistic” traits predict audiovisual integration in speech perception? Presented at Psychonomic Society Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN, November 15-18, 2012.

*Hart, L.A., *Milizio, K.J., Stephens, J.D.W., & Overman. A. A. Differential effects of associative strategy and pair repetition in young and older adults in an associative list discrimination task. Presented at Cognitive Aging Conference, Atlanta, GA, April 17-22, 2012.

*Robbins, R.E., & Overman, A.A. A model cognitive training intervention for minority and low SES older adults. Presented at Annual Southeastern Student Mentoring Conference in Gerontology & Geriatrics, Atlanta, GA, March 30-31, 2012.

Overman, A.A. Post-malaria cognitive impairment remediated by computer-based training: A case report. Presented at Society for Neuroscience, Washington, D.C., November 12-16, 2011.

*Milizio, K.J. & *Champ, J.K., Overman, A.A. & Stephens, J.D.W. List discrimination and associative recognition: Effects of item repetition, pair repetition, and encoding strategy in young and older adults. Presented at Society for Neuroscience, Washington, D.C., November 12-16, 2011.

*Robbins, R.E. & Overman A.A. Memory improvement in older adults. Presented at North Carolina Conference on Aging, Charlotte, NC, October 18-20, 2011.

Overman, A.A., *Duggins, K.D., Stephens, J.D.W., & Allison, M. Behavioral and electrophysiological effects of schema activation on memory for crime information in older and younger adults. Cognitive Aging Conference, Atlanta, GA, April 15-18, 2010.

*Robinson, S.A., *Sun, J.A., & Overman, A.A., The effects of strategic encoding and practice on cued-recall of word pairs. Carolinas Psychology Conference, Raleigh, NC, April 17, 2010.

*Kielek, K.L., *Champ, J.K., & Overman, A.A., The effect of pair repetition and encoding strategy on associative recognition. Carolinas Psychology Conference, Raleigh, NC, April 17, 2010.

*Duggins, K.B. (Mentor: Dr. Amy Overman). Behavioral and electrophysiological effects of schema activation on memory for crime information in older and younger adults. Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR): Posters on the Hill. Washington, D.C. April 13, 2010.

*Duggins, K.B., Overman, A.A., Stephens, J.D.W., & Allison, M. Older adult memory for crime information: a behavioral and electrophysiological study.  Symposium for Young Neuroscientists And Professors of the SouthEast (SYNAPSE), Winston-Salem, NC, March 27, 2010.

*Smith, B.T., & Overman, A.A. The effects of degraded perceptual information on encoding and retrieval processes. Carolinas Psychology Conference, Raleigh, NC, April 18, 2009.

*Sun, J.A., *Golding, A.C., *Prevost, D.E., & Overman, A.A. Oral activity does not induce context-dependent memory in the presence of flavor. Symposium for Young Neuroscientists And Professors of the SouthEast (SYNAPSE), Charleston, SC, March 28, 2009.

Overman, A.A., & Becker, J.T. Support for associative and perceptual processing deficits as explanations for age-related memory impairment. North Carolina Cognition Group Meeting, Chapel Hill, NC, February 16, 2008.

Overman, A.A., Becker, J.T, & Perfetti, C.A. Recognition and familiarity in healthy aging: An ERP study. Cognitive Neuroscience Society, New York, NY, April 9-12, 2005. 

Overman, A.A. & Becker, J.T. Differences in patterns of brain activation between Alzheimer's Disease patients and healthy older adults during semantic processing: a PET study. Cognitive Neuroscience Society, New York, NY, March 30-April 1, 2003. 

Overman, A.A., Becker, J.T., Nebes, R.D., Cidis Meltzer, C. Word and object naming is modulated by aging. Science2001 Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, September 12-14, 2001.

Overman, A.A., Becker, J.T., Nebes, R.D., Meltzer, C.C. Word and object naming is modulated by aging. Cognitive Neuroscience Society, San Diego, CA, March 24-27, 2001.

Overman, A., Miller, S., Nebes, R., Meltzer, C.C., DeKosky, S., Becker, J. Semantic information processing in Alzheimer's disease. Human Brain Mapping, San Antonio, TX, June 12-16, 2000. (Abstract published in NeuroImage, 11(5), S163.)

Overman, A.A.  Tempo and melody processing and EEG in musicians vs. nonmusicians and the effect of classical music on spatial task performance. Society for Neuroscience, Miami Beach, FL, October 23-28, 1999.

Professional Activities

Ad-hoc Reviewer:

Psychology and Aging  

Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition

Memory & Cognition

Experimental Aging Research

Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education (JUNE)  

Mentor, Preparing Future Faculty Program, Duke University

Service Activities

Department/university service highlights:

Member, Academic Standing Committee, Elon University, 2014-2016

Chair, Academic Technology and Computing Committee (ATACC), Elon University, 2012-2013

Chair, Biological psychology faculty hire search committee, Psychology Department, 2012-2013

Member, Social psychology faculty hire search committee, Psychology Department, 2011-2012

Advisor, Elon University Neuroscience Club, 2010-present

Member, Long Range Planning Advisory Committee, Elon University, 2009-2012

Departmental Representative for Psychology, Curriculum Committee, Elon University 2009-2010

Member, Presidential Task Force on Scholarship, Office of Sponsored Programs Ad-hoc Committee, Elon University, 2008

Founding Member, Neuroscience Program Advisory Board, Elon University 2008-present