Wythe Whiting Professor of Cognitive and Behavioral Science

Wythe Whiting

Parmly Hall 236
540 458 8210


Ph.D. Experimental Psychology, Georgia Institute of Technology
B.S. Psychology, Birmingham-Southern College


The cognition lab is currently engaged in two avenues of research. The first investigates the role that increases in neural noise may have on declining cognition in older adults.  Specifically, does noise in the peripheral nervous system correlate with selective attention performance in noisy visual environments?  In conjunction with Dr. Karla Murdock’s lab, the second area of research examines the effect of smart phone use and sleep on attention performance.


Cognition (PSYC 112)
Evolutionary Psychology (PSYC 215)
Research Design and Analysis (PSYC 250)
Attention (PSYC 254)
Advanced Methods in Attention Research (PSYC 354)

Selected Publications

Whiting, W.L., & Murdock, K.K. (2021). Notification Alert! Effects of auditory text alerts on attention and heart rate variablity across three developmental periods. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. Advanced online publication. https://doi.org/10.1177/17470218211041851

Whiting, W.L., & Murdock, K.K. (2016). Emerging Adults’ Sleep Patterns and Attentional Capture: The Pivotal Role of Consistency. Cognitive Processing, 17, 155-62.

Whiting, W.L., Sample, C. & Hagan, S. (2014). Top-Down Processing Modulates Older Adults' Susceptibility to Noise. Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition, 21, 370-385.

Johnson, D.R., & Whiting, W.L. (2013). Detecting subtle expressions: Older adults demonstrate automatic and controlled positive response bias in emotional perception. Psychology and Aging, 28, 172-178.

Costello, M.C., Madden, D.J., Mitroff, S.R., & Whiting, W.L. (2010). Age-Related Decline of Visual Processing Components in Change Detection. Psychology and Aging, 25, 356-368.

Whiting, W.L., Madden, D.J., & Babcock, K. (2007). Overriding Age Differences in Attentional Capture with Top-down Processing. Psychology and Aging, 22, 223-232.