Research Lab: Clinical Neuropsychology and Aging Laboratory
Advisor: Dr. David Johnson
Research Interests: How higher level brain functions, like cognitive control/executive function, can be influenced and perturbed by pathology, normal aging, and one’s external environment.
Taylor graduated from San Francisco State University magna cum laude with a BA in Psychology and a BA in Comparative World Literature. She was also the founding Lab Manager of the Action and Consciousness Laboratory at SFSU. Her work in this lab, mainly focused on how motor control is influenced by cognitive conflict. After graduating, she worked as a Research Coordinator at UCSF Memory and Aging Center--working primarily on a longitudinal study tracking cognitive decline in healthy aging. She subsequently worked at the University of Utah, in the Executive Lab, examining how motor and affective processes alter as a result of pathology and/or environmental perturbation. She is currently perusing a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with emphasis in Neuropsychology and Gerontology at the University of Kansas under the mentorship of Dr. David Johnson. Her primary research interest involves the way in which higher level brain functions, like cognitive control/executive function, can be influenced and perturbed by pathology, normal aging, and one’s external environment.
-Healthy and pathological aging
-Executive function/cognitive control
Graduate Dean's List 2014 – current
Undergraduate Dean’s List 2005 – 2009
Undergraduate Behavior & Social Science Research Honors Thesis Program 2008
Instructionally Related Activities (IRA) travel fund award 2008
Edward B. Kaufmann College of Humanities Scholarship Award 2007
Inducted into Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society in 2009.
Hubbard, J., Rigby, T., Godwin, C. A., Gazzaley, A., & Morsella, E. (2013). Representations in working memory yield interference effects found with externally-triggered representations. Acta Psychologica, 142, 127-135.
Bettcher BM, Wilheim R, Rigby T, Green R, Miller JW, Racine CA, Yaffe K, Miller BL, Kramer JH. (2012) C-reactive protein is related to memory and medial temporal brain volume in older adults. Brain Behavior and Immunity, 26(1), 103-8.
Furtado, A. D., Lau, B. C., Vittinghoff, E., Dillon, W. P., Smith., W. S., Rigby, T., Boussel, L., Wintermark, M. (2010). Optimal brain perfusion-CT coverage in patients with acute middle cerebral artery stroke. American Journal of Neuroradiology, 31(4), 691-5.
Rigby, T. (2009). Metacognition without the cognition: Subjective effects of interference from subliminal stimuli and prospective memory. Talk given at the annual Psi Chi Honors Society Conference, San Francisco, CA.
Rigby, T., Ashwill, R., Mulhall, S., Johnson, D., & Galvin, J.E. (2015). Caregiver experience of grief and burden is similar across Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Lewy Body dementia types. Alzheimer's Association International Conference, Washington D.C.
Franchow, E., Rhodewalt, L., Rigby, T., & Suchy, Y. (2013). Affect Suppression Depletes Executive Functions in Older Adulthood. Poster presented at the Annual National Academy of Neuropsychology Conference, Austin, TX.
Hubbard, J., Morsella, E., Rigby, T., & Gazzaley, A., (2010). Inter-representational dynamics: Endogenously-generated representations in working memory yield the interference effects found with external stimuli. Poster presented at the Annual California Cognitive Science Conference, Berkeley, CA.
Rigby, T., Gerrits,T., & Morsella, E. (2009). Conscious of conflict but not of the eliciting stimuli. Poster presented at the Annual Conference for the Association for Psychological Science, San Francisco, CA.
Lanska, M., Rigby, T., Gerrits, T., Morsella, E. (2009). The forward-looking bias of the mind/brain: How future tasks breed intrusive cognitions. Poster presented at the Annual Conference for the Association for Psychological Science, San Francisco, CA.
Rigby, T., Gerrits,T., Riddle, T., Berger, C., & Morsella, E. (2009). Conscious of conflict but not of the eliciting stimulus: Implications for the neuroscience of cognitive control. Poster presented at the Annual Conference of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, San Francisco, CA.
Lanska, M., Rigby, T., Gerrits, T., Morsella, E. (2009). The prospective brain: How future actions breed intrusive cognitions and interfere with current tasks. Poster presented at the Annual Conference of the Cognitive neuroscience Society, San Francisco, CA.
Rigby, T., Gerrits,T., Acosta, K., & Morsella, E. (2009). Does conscious conflict require awareness of the triggering stimulus? Implications for social cognition research. Poster presented at the Annual Conference of Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Tampa, Fl.