Dana R. Murphy, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychology
B.A., Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas
M.A., Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas
Ph.D., University Of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA


Dr. Dana R. Murphy of Nipissing University’s Department of Psychology, and Director of the Northern Centre for Research on Aging and Communication (NCRAC) is interested in the cognitive and auditory factors that influence the ways in which older adults understand and remember spoken language.

To conduct his research, Dr. Murphy was awarded an equipment and operating grants in 2002 from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). Nipissing University has also provided continued support for Dr. Murphy’s research.

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Guerreiro, M. J., Murphy, D. R., & Van Gerven, P. W. (2013). Making sense of age-related distractibility: The critical role of sensory modality. Acta psychologica, 142(2), 184-194. doi:10.1016/j.actpsy.2012.11.007

Schneider, B. A., Parker, S., & Murphy, D. (2011). A model of top-down gain control in the auditory system. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 73(5), 1562-1578. doi: 10.3758/s13414-011-0097-7

Guerreiro, M. J. S., Murphy, D. R., & Van Gerven, P. W. M. (2010).  The role of sensory modality in age-related distraction: A critical review and a renewed view. Psychological Bulletin, 136, 975-1022. doi:10.1037/a0020731

Murphy, D. R., Schneider, B. A. & Bailey, H. (2010). Channel capacity for absolute identification of tonal duration: The effects of age. Attention, Perception, and Psychophysics, 72, 788-805. doi:10.3758/APP.72.3.788

Van Gerven, P. W. M., & Murphy, D. R. (2010). Aging and Distraction by Irrelevant Speech: Does Emotional Valence Matter? Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 65B, 667-670.  doi:10.1093/geronb/gbq048

Murphy, D. R., Schneider, B. A., Speranza, F., & Moraglia, G. (2006). A  comparison of higher order auditory processes in younger and older adults. Psychology and Aging, 21(4), 763-773. doi:10.1037/0882-7974.21.4.763

Murphy, D. R., Daneman, M., & Schneider, B. A. (2006). Why do older adults have difficulty following conversations? Psychology and Aging, 21(1), 49-61. doi:10.1037/0882-7974.21.1.49

Schneider, B. A., Daneman, M., & Murphy, D. R. (2005). Speech comprehension difficulties in older adults cognitive slowing or age-related changes in hearing? Psychology and Aging, 20(2), 261-271. doi:10.1037/0882-7974.20.2.261

Parker, S., Murphy, D. R., & Schneider, B. A.  (2002). Top-down gain control in the  auditory system: Evidence from identification and discrimination experiments. Perception and Psychophysics, 64, 598-615. doi:10.3758/BF03194729

Murphy, D. R., Craik, F. I. M., Li, K. Z. H. & Schneider, B. A. (2000).  Comparing the Effects of Aging and Background Noise on Short-term Memory Performance. Psychology and Aging, 15, 323-334. doi:10.1037/0882-7974.15.2.323

Schneider, B. A., Daneman, M., Murphy, D. R., & Kwong See, S. (2000).  Listening to discourse in distracting settings: The effects of aging. Psychology  and Aging, 15, 110-125. doi:10.1037/0882-7974.15.1.110

Murphy, D. R., McDowd, J. M., & Wilcox, K. A. (1999): Inhibition and aging Similarities between younger and older adults as revealed by the processing of unattended auditory information.Psychology and Aging, 14, 44-59. doi:10.1037/0882-7974.14.1.44

Mitchell, D. B., Brown, A. S., & Murphy, D. R. (1990). Dissociations between procedural and episodic memory: Effects of time and aging. Psychology and Aging, 5(2), 264-276. doi:10.1037/0882-7974.5.2.264