Pat Tun

Dr. Pat Tun has a long-standing interest in cognitive aging research, particularly in the areas of changes in memory and language across the lifespan. Her work has focused primarily on adult age-related changes in processing spoken language, such as sentences and meaningful discourse. Recently she carried out a NIA-funded research project looking at the effects of distraction, including various types of background sounds, on comprehension and memory for speech. Other interests include work in the area of false memory, a cross-cultural collaboration with Dr. Cindy Lahar in Japan, and preliminary work on the topic of women's hormonal changes and memory.


Selected publications include the following:

Tun, P.A., O'Kane, G., & Wingfield, A. (in press). Distraction by competing speech in younger and older listeners. Psychology and Aging, 17, 453–467.

Wingfield, A., Tun, P.A., & McCoy, S.L. (2005)Hearing loss in older adulthood: What it is and how it interacts with cognitive performance. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 14, 144–148.

Lahar, C., Tun, P.A., & Wingfield, A. (2004). Sentence-final word completion norms for young, middle-aged, and older adults. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 59, 7–10.

Tun, P.A., O'Kane, G., and Wingfield, A. (2002). Distraction by competing speech in younger and older listeners. Psychology and Aging, 17,, 453–467.

Wingfield, A., & Tun, P.A. (2001). Spoken language comprehension in older adults: Interactions between sensory and cognitive change in normal aging. Seminars in Hearing, 22, 287–301.

Tun, P. A., & Wingfield, A. (2000). Slow but sure in an age of 'Make it quick'. Cerebrum: The Dana Forum on Brain Science, 2, 31-43.

Tun, P.A., & Wingfield, A. (1999). One voice too many: Adult age differences in language processing with different types of distracting sounds. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 54B.

Tun, P. A. (1998). Fast noisy speech: Age differences in processing rapid speech with background noise. Psychology and Aging, 13, 424-434.

Tun, P. A., Wingfield, A., Rosen, M. J., & Blanchard, L. (1998). Response latencies for false memories; Gist-based processes in normal aging. Psychology and Aging, 13, 230–241.