Montana State University

Lecture on attention, memory set for Oct. 5 at MSU

October 1, 2007 -- From MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN - A free public lecture on attention and memory will be given at noon Friday, Oct. 5, in 346 Leon Johnson Hall at Montana State University.

Randy Engle, an internationally known expert on working memory, will speak on "Working memory capacity as a trait and state variable." He will review his and others' research that demonstrates substantial individual differences in the ability to control attention across a variety of complex tasks. These differences reflect abiding trait aspects of the individual as well as moment-to-moment changes resulting from such factors as sleep deprivation, fatigue, and stress.

Engle chairs the psychology department at Georgia Tech University. He has served as president of the American Psychological Association (Division 3) and published four books and more than 75 journal articles. His research has received over $2 million in grant funding.

Engle's talk is hosted by MSU's Department of Psychology. It is funded by a College of Letters and Science Research Enhancement Award.

For more information, contact Keith A. Hutchison, (406) 994-5528 or

Evelyn Boswell, (406) 994-5135 or