Nelson Cowan
Curators' Distinguished Professor
18 McAlester Hall
Lab Information
McAlester Hall Annex
About the Lab

We conduct research on auditory and visual working memory and attention, in children and adults.

Research Interests

- Working memory, the small amount of information held in mind
- How much can be held in working memory
- How the amount in working memory can be measured
- Childhood development of working memory
- The role of selective attention in working memory
- Life span development of working memory
- Consciousness and its relation to working memory


B.S. University of Michigan, 1973
Ph.D. University of Wisconsin, 1980
Postdoctoral Fellowship at NYU, 1981-82
Currently Curators' Distinguished Professor, Department of Psychological Sciences, University of Missouri

Selected Publications