Degrees: B.A., Knox College; M.A., Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University
Expertise: working memory

Fall 2015 courses

PS 101 – 54    INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY  M W F 12:00 – 12:50 PM

FALL 2015 Office Hours

M W F 11:00 – 11:45 am

and by appointment






A 2010-2012 Peace Corps Volunteer in Burkina Faso after she retired from full-time teaching at JCU.
Read about her experiences at:

The Women of Burkina Faso: Realities and Challenges
lecture presented by Dr. Larsen on Feb. 4, 2013:


Research Interests

  • Cognitive Processes in Aging
  • Working Memory
  • Perception with Anomolous Color Vision
  • Non-Conscious Perception

Recent Research Publications

Fritsch, T., McKee, J., McClendon, M.S., Wallendal, T. F. H. & Larsen, J.D. (2014). Prevalence and Cognitive Bases of Subjective Memory Complaints in Older Adults: Evidence from a Community Sample. Journal of Neurodegenerative Diseases,  2014

Rainey, D. W., Larsen, J. D., & Yost, J. H. (2009). Disappointment Theory and Disappointment Among Baseball Fans, Journal of Sprot Behavior, 32, 339-356.

Baddeley, A. D., & Larsen, J. D. (2007). The phonological loop unmasked? A comment on the evidence for a “perceptual-gestural” alternative, The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 60, 497-504.

Baddeley, A. D., & Larsen, J. D. (2007). The phonological loop: Some answers and some questions. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 60, 512-518.

Fritsch, T., Larsen, J. D. & Smyth, K. A. (2007). The role of adolescent IQ and gender in the use of cognitive support for remembering in aging. Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition, 14, 394-416.

Fritsch, T., McClendon, McK. J., Smyth, K. A., Lerner, A. K, Friedland, R. P., & Larsen, J. D. (2007). Cognitive functioning in healthy aging: The role of reserve and lifestyle factors early in life. The Gerentologist, 47, 307-322.

Larsen, J. D., & Kozar, B. (2005). Evaluation of a computer administered alcohol education program for college students. Journal of Alcohol and Drug Education, 49,69-83.

Larsen, J. D., & Baddeley, A. D. (2003). Disruption of verbal STM by irrelevant speech, articulatory suppression, and manual tapping: Do they have a common source? The Quarterly Journal of Experemental Psychology, 56A, 1249-1268.

Baddeley, A. D., & Larsen, J. D. (2003). The disruption of STM: A response to our commentators. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 56A, 1301-1306.

Rainey, D. W., & Larsen, J. D. (2002). The effect of familiar melodies on initial learning and long term memory for unconnected text. Music Perception, 20, 173-186

Larsen, J. D., Baddeley, A. D., & Andrade, J. (2000). Phonological similarity and the irrelevant speech effect: Implications for models of short-term memory. Memory, 8,145-157

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