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 in the Executive Lab at the University of Utah examining how motor and affective processes alter as a result of pathology and/or environmental perturbation. Taylor then completed her masters degree under the mentorship of Dr. David Johnson. In her masters thesis she found that dementia with Lewy bodies family caregivers reported greater levels of grief at earlier stages in the care recipient’s disease process than in other dementia types. She is currently a doctoral candidate and is in the process of completing her dissertation under the mentorship of Dr. Amber Watts. In her dissertation she aims to identify the amount and the intensity of objectively measured physical activity that is associated with better cognitive performance in older adults with and without Alzheimer’s disease.
-Healthy and pathological aging
-Executive function/cognitive control
Rigby, T., Ashwill, R. T., Johnson, D. K., & Galvin, J. E. (2019). Differences in the Experience of Caregiving Between Spouse and Adult Child Caregivers in Dementia With Lewy Bodies. Innovation in aging, 3(3)
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., Grissom, K., Ashwill, R., Galvin, J.E., & Johnson, D. K. (2018). Differences in the Experience of Caregiving between Spouse and Adult Child Caregivers in Dementia with Lewy Bodies. Alzheimer's Association International Conference, Chicago, IL.
Rigby, T., Johnson, D. K., & Galvin, J.E. (2018). Differences in caregiver grief and burden between dementia with Lewy bodies, dementia of the Alzheimer’s type, and dementia associated with Parkinson’s disease. Alzheimer's Association International Conference, Chicago, IL.
Rigby, T., Ashwill, R., Mulhall, S., Johnson, D. K., & Galvin, J.E. (2016). Caregiver experience of burden, grief and quality of life in Dementia with Lewy Bodies, Parkinson’s Disease with Dementia, and Alzheimer's Disease. Poster presented at the annual KU Graduate Research Competition, Lawrence, KS
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.
Selected Awards & Honors
Dean’s List Undergraduate 2005-2009
Psi Chi Honor Society in Psychology 2008
Golden Key International Honor Society 2007
Edward B. Kaufmann College of Humanities Scholarship Award, 2007