Dr. Amanda Gilchrist

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Dr. Gilchrist has a B.S. in Psychology from Florida State University, M.A. from the University of Missouri in Psychological Sciences and a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri. Her dissertation is "Can the focus of attention accommodate multiple, separate items?"

Dr. Gilchrist's research is centered on the capacity limits of working memory and how these change throughout life. She is a member of Women in Cognitive Science and an associate member of the Psychonomic Society.

In her spare time, Dr. Gilchrist loves to cook, read books, listen to all types of music and stays active with Crossfit.


1. Gilchrist, A.L., & Cowan, N. (2012). Chunking. In V. Ramachandran (ed.) The Encyclopedia of Human Behavior, 2nd Edition. San Diego: Academic Press. (Pp. 476-483).
2. Gilchrist, A.L., & Cowan, N. (2011). Can the focus of attention accommodate multiple, separate items? Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 37, 1484-1502.
3. Cowan, N., AuBuchon, A.M., Gilchrist, A.L., Ricker, T.J., & Saults, J.S. (2011). Age differences in visual working memory capacity: Not based on encoding limitations. Developmental Science, 14, 1066-1074.
4. Cowan, N., Morey, C.C., AuBuchon, A.M., Zwilling, C.E., Gilchrist, A.L., & Saults, J.S. (2010). New insights into an old problem: Distinguishing storage from processing in the development of working memory. In P. Barrouillet & V. Gaillard (eds.), Cognitive development and working memory: From neo-Piagetian to cognitive approaches. Hove, UK: Psychology Press. (Pp. 137-150).
5. Gilchrist, A. L., & Cowan, N. (2010). Conscious and unconscious aspects of working memory. In I. Czigler & I. Winkler (eds.), Unconscious memory representations and perception. Advances in consciousness research, Vol. 78. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. (Pp. 1-35)
6. Cowan, N., Morey, C.C., AuBuchon, A. M., Zwilling, C. E., & Gilchrist, A.L. (2010). Seven-year-olds allocate attention like adults do unless working memory is overloaded. Developmental Science, 13, 120-133.
7. Gilchrist, A. L., Cowan, N., & Naveh-Benjamin, M. (2009). Investigating the childhood development of working memory using sentences: New evidence for the growth of chunk capacity. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 104, 252-265.
8. Gilchrist, A. L., Cowan, N., & Naveh-Benjamin, M. (2008). Working memory capacity for spoken sentences decreases with adult ageing: Recall of fewer, but not smaller chunks in older adults. Memory, 16, 773-787.
9. Cowan, N., Morey, C. C., Chen, Z., Gilchrist, A. L., & Saults, J. S. (2008). Theory and measurement of working memory capacity limits. In B. Ross (ed.), The Psychology of Learning and Motivation, 49, 49-104.
10. Cokely, E. T., Kelley, C. M., & Gilchrist, A. L. (2006). Sources of individual differences in working memory: Contributions of strategy to capacity. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 13, 991-997.

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