Faculty Portrait

Contact Information

Name: Alexandra Morrison

Title: Assistant Professor of Psychology

Office Location: Amador Hall 353C

Email: alexandra.morrison@csus.edu

Office Phone: 916-278-6892

Mailing Address: Sacramento State 6000 J Street Sacramento, CA 95819

Office Hours: Mondays 1:00 - 2:30pm, Thursdays 3:00 - 4:00pm, or by appointment

Research Lab Website


Curriculum Vitae

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Education and Postdoctoral Training


Ph.D., Psychology; Neuroscience Concentration, Temple University, 2007-2012

B.A., Psychology; Neuroscience Concentration, Colby College, 2003-2007

Post-doctoral Training

University of Miami, 2012-2017

Overview of Research Interests

My research interests surround attention and working memory as mental processes that guide thought and action during daily life. At times, these processes support us as we navigate to a new place, hold an emotionally challenging conversation, or make a consequential decision. However, at other times, the limited capacity and error-prone nature of attention and working memory impede our success through mind wandering, forgetting, or other cognitive failures. My research focuses both on characterizing the limitations of attention and working memory, and investigating training programs or other strategies that may benefit mental performance.

Key words: attention, working memory, mind wandering, strategy use, cognitive training

Courses I Teach

PSYC 110: Cognitive Psychology

PSYC 9: Statistics for Psychology


A full list of my publications can be found at my Google Scholar Page

  1. Jha, A. P., Witkin, J. E., Morrison, A. B., Rostrup, N., & Stanley, E. (2017). Short-Form Mindfulness Training Protects Against Working Memory Degradation over High-Demand Intervals. Journal of Cognitive Enhancement, 1(2), 154-171. doi:10.1007/s41465-017-0035-2
  2. Rooks, J., Morrison, A. B., Goolsarran, M., Rogers, S. L., & Jha, A. P. (2017). “We Are Talking About Practice”: The influence of mindfulness vs. relaxation training on athletes’ attention and well-being over high-demand intervals. Journal of Cognitive Enhancement,1(2), 141-153. doi:10.1007/s41465-017-0016-5.
  3. Morrison, A. B.*, Rosenbaum, G.M.*, Fair, D., & Chein, J.M. (2016). Variation in strategy use across measures of verbal working memory, Memory & Cognition, 44(6), 922-936. doi:10.3758/s13421-016-0608-9 * ABM & GMR contributed equally
  4. Jha, A. P., Morrison, A. B., Parker, S. C., & Stanley, E. A. (2016). Practice is protective: Mindfulness training promotes cognitive resilience in high-stress cohorts. Mindfulness, 7(1), 1-13. doi: 10.1007/s12671-015-0465-9
  5. Moreau, D., Morrison, A. B., & Conway, A. R. A. (2015). An ecological approach to cognitive enhancement: Complex motor training. Acta Psychologica, 157, 44-55. doi:10.1016/j.actpsy.2015.02.007
  6. Jha, A. P., Morrison, A. B., Dainer-Best, J., Parker, S., Rostrup, N., & Stanley, E. (2015). Minds “At Attention”: Mindfulness training curbs attentional lapses in military cohorts. PLoS ONE, 10(2). doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0116889 
  7. Morrison, A. B., Conway, A. R. A., & Chein, J. M. (2014). Primacy and recency effects as indices of the focus of attention. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8:6. doi: 3389/fnhum.2014.00006  
  8. Morrison, A. B., Goolsarran, M., Rogers, S. L., & Jha, A.P. (2014). Taming a wandering attention: A study of short-form mindfulness training. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7:987. doi:10.3389/fnhum.2013.00897
  9. Morrison, A. B., & Chein, J. M. (2012). The controversy over Cogmed. Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, 1(3), 208-210. doi:10.1016/j.jarmac.2012.07.005
  10. Richmond, L., Morrison, A. B., Chein, J. M., & Olson, I. (2011). Working memory training and transfer in older adults. Psychology and Aging, 26(4), 813-822. doi: 10.1037/a0023631
  11. Morrison, A. B., & Chein, J. M. (2011). Does working memory training work? The promise and challenges of enhancing cognition by training working memory. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 18(1), 46-60. doi: 3758/s13423-010-0034-0
  12. Chein, J. M. & Morrison, A. B. (2010). Expanding the mind's workspace: Training and transfer effects with a complex working memory span task. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 17(2), 193-199. doi: 10.3758/PBR.17.2.193

Professional Associations

Psychonomic Society

Cognitive Neuroscience Society