Dana R. Murphy, Ph. D.

Associate Professor

Department of Psychology

Nipissing University

100 College Dr.

North Bay, ON P1B 8L7


Office: A302, e-mail: danam@nipissingu.ca

Phone: (705) 474-3450 ext. 4472

Fax: (705) 474-1947



Ph.D., University Of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas
Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas


Communication and Aging

Perceptual changes with age and how they influence cognition

Changes in auditory selective attention in aging

The interaction between cognition and perception in aging


The Northern Centre for Research on Aging and Communication

COURSES FOR 2010-2011

PSYC 2006: Childhood Development

PSYC 2007: Adult Development

PSYC 2907: Perception

PSYC 3705: Cognition


Schneider, B. A., Parker, S., & Murphy, D. R. (in press). A model of top-down gain control in the auditory system. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics. Accepted December 17, 2010.

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 Click Here to Download PDF of this document, Click here to download PDF of erratum published in May 2010.

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:.1093/geronb/gbq048

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

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, 763-773.

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

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, 261-271.

Parker, S., Murphy, D. R., & Schneider, B. A. (2002).  Top-Down Gain Control in the Auditory System: Evidence from Identification and Discrimination Studies. Perception & Psychophysics, 64, 598-615.

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.

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.

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.