Psychology and Child Development

College of Liberal Arts

Gary D. Laver

Gary D. Laver


Contact Information


  • Postdoctoral, Participant, Research Training Program in Psychology of Aging, sponsored by the National Institute of Aging at The College of St. Scholastica
  • Ph.D., Cognitive Psychology, The Claremont Graduate School
  • M.A., Cognitive Psychology, The Claremont Graduate School
  • B.A., U.C., Psychology, Santa Cruz; psychology (honors in the major)

Courses Taught

  • PSY 201/202: General Psychology
  • PSY 329: Research Methods
  • PSY 333: Quantitative Research Methods
  • PSY 432: Psychological Testing & Measurement

Research Interests

Memory and cognition, research methodology, and quantitative analysis of data including computer applications; basic research on semantic memory and its changes over the course of adult aging

Selected Publications/Professional Activities

  • Laver, G. D.  (2017).  Aging and semantic memory.  In N. A. Pachana (Ed.), Encyclopedia of geropsychology.  Singapore: Springer.
  • Laver, G. D. (2012). Nonword stimuli and the effect of adult aging on episodic priming. In N. Hsu & Z. Schütt (Eds.), Psychology of Priming (pp. 139–154). Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers.

  • Laver, G. D., & Slem, C. M. (2011, July). Laptops in the lecture hall: Useful tool or distraction? Poster session presented at the Third Vancouver International Conference on the Teaching of Psychology, Vancouver, BC.

  • Laver, G. D. (2009). Adult aging effects on semantic and episodic priming in word recognition. Psychology and Aging, 24, 28–39.
  • Laver, G. D., Valencia-Laver, D. L., Pineda, N. C., & Dueck, A. M. (2008, April). Implicit and explicit measures of directed forgetting in young and older adults. Poster presented at the Cognitive Aging Conference, Atlanta, GA.
  • Laver, G. D. (2007, July) A direct comparison of episodic and semantic priming effects across adulthood. Paper presented at the 20th Anniversary Cognitive Aging Conference, Adelaide, South Australia.
  • Laver, G. D. (2006). Expanding the educational horizons of undergraduates through cognitive aging research. Educational Gerontology, 32, 539–551.

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