Department of Psychology

Jeffrey P. Toth

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Dr. Jeffrey P. Toth, Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of North Carolina Greensboro, 1990.
M.A., University of North Carolina Greensboro, 1987.
B.A., University of North Carolina Charlotte, 1984.

Teaching Laboratory Building, Rm 3088
601 South College Road, Wilmington, NC 28403
(910) 962-3213.

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I am a cognitive psychologist who takes a brain-based approach to understanding mind and behavior. My primary research interests are in Memory, Attention, Cognitive Control, Metacognition, Unconscious Influences, and Cognitive Aging. I use a variety of methods to investigate these topics including behavioral experimentation, quantitative modeling, and neuroscience techniques--including, most recently, functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS). The ultimate goal of my research is to understand the neural and psychological processes that underlie as well as undermine people's ability to control their thoughts and actions. My most recent research has been directed at better understanding the brain's Default Mode Network (DMN) and the development of techniques for enhancing cognitive function in older adults. Toward that end, I co-direct, with Dr. Karen Daniels, the Aging & Cognitive Training (ACT) Lab at UNCW.

Select Publications

Hunt, R.R., Smith, R.A., & Toth, J.P. (2015). Category cued recall evokes a generate-recognize retrieval process. In press at Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 42, 339-350

Toth, J.P., Daniels, K.A., & Solinger, L.A. (2011). What you know can hurt you: Effects of age and prior knowledge on JOL accuracy. Psychology and Aging, 26, 919-931.

Daniels, K.A., Toth, J.P., & Hertzog, C. (2009). Recollection and aging in the accuracy of Judgments of Learning. Psychology and Aging, 24, 496-500.

Toth, J.P. & Parks, C.M. (2006). Effects of age on familiarity in the process-dissociation procedure: The role of noncriterial recollection. Memory & Cognition, 34, 527-537.

Daniels, K.A., Toth, J.P., & Jacoby, L.L. (2006). The aging of executive functions. In E. Bialystok & F.I.M. Craik (Eds.), Lifespan cognition: Mechanisms of change (pp. 96-111). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Parks, C.M. & Toth, J.P. (2006). Fluency, familiarity, aging, and the illusion of truth. Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition, 13, 225-253.

Jacoby, L.L., Bishara, A.J., Hessels, S., & Toth, J.P. (2005). Aging, subjective experience, and cognitive control: Dramatic false remembering by older adults. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 134, 131-148.

Toth, J.P. & Daniels, K.A. (2002). Effects of prior experience on judgments of normative word frequency: Automatic bias and correction. Journal of Memory and Language, 46, 845-874.

Toth, J.P. (2000). Nonconscious processes in memory. In E. Tulving & F.I.M. Craik (Eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Memory (pp. 245-261). New York: Oxford University Press.


  • PSY 105: General Psychology
  • PSY 211: Perception & Cognition
  • PSY 256: Brain & Behavior
  • PSY 355: Introduction to Experimental Psychology
  • PSY 410: Advanced Cognitive Psychology
  • PSY 491: Directed Independent Study
  • PSY 495: Cognitive Training & Enhancement
  • PSY 495: Functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS)
  • PSY 510: Cognitive Psychology (Graduate)
  • PSY 595: Cognitive Neuroscience