Andrew R. A. Conway

Curriculum Vitae


Department of Psychology                                                      Email:

Princeton University                                                                Phone: 609-258-1243

Princeton, NJ, 08544 USA      `                                               Fax: 609-258-1113




Princeton University

  Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychology, 2007 – present

    Faculty Affiliate, Princeton Statistics & Machine Learning Center, 2013 – present

    Faculty Affiliate, Princeton Neuroscience Institute, 2013 – present

  Lecturer, Department of Psychology, 2004 – 2007


University of Illinois at Chicago

  Associate Professor, 2002 – 2004

  Assistant Professor, 1996 – 2002




University of South Carolina, Ph.D., 1996

   Major: Experimental Psychology

   Minor: Statistics


University of South Carolina, M.A., 1993

  Experimental Psychology


Union College, B.S., 1991

  Computer Science & Psychology


Editorial Positions


Editorial Board

  Journal of Intelligence, 2013 – present


Associate Editor

  Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 2007 – 2012


Consulting Editor

  Memory & Cognition, 2005 – 2013


Ad hoc reviewer for several journals, including:

Behavioral and Brain Sciences; Cognitive Psychology; Current Biology; Intelligence; Journal of Experimental Psychology: General; Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience; Neuroimage; Psychological Methods; Psychological Science; Psychonomic Bulletin & Review

Publications (51) (h-index = 27)


Kool, W., Conway, A. R. A., & Turk-Browne, N. B. (in press). The sequential dynamics of visual short-term memory. Atention, Perception, & Psychophysics.


Conway, A. R. A. (2014). A new era of intelligence research. Journal of Intelligence, 2, 33-35.


Moreau, D., & Conway, A. R. A. (2014). The case for an ecological approach to cognitive training. Trends in Cognitive Science.


Van Snellenberg, J. X., Conway, A. R. A., Spicer, J., Read, C., & Smith, E. E. (2014). Capacity estimates in working memory: Reliability and interrelationships among tasks. Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience.


Morrison, A. B., Conway, A. R. A., & Chein, J. M. (2014). Primacy and recency effects as indices of the focus of attention. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.


Macnamara, B. N. & Conway, A. R. A. (2014). Novel evidence in support of the bilingual advantage: Influence of task demands and experience on cognitive control and working memory.Psychonomic Bulletin & Review.


Conway, A. R. A., & Kovacs, K. (2013). Individual differences in intelligence and working memory: A review of latent variable models. Psychology of Learning and Motivation, 58, 233 – 270.


Thornton, M. A., & Conway, A. R. A. (2013). Working memory for social information: Chunking or domain-specific buffer? Neuroimage, 70, 233 – 239.


Moreau, D., & Conway, A. R. A. (2013). Cognitive enhancement: A comparative review of computerized and athletic training programs. International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 6,155 – 183.


Conway, A. R. A., Macnamara, B. N., & Engel de Abreu, P. M. J. (2012). Working memory and intelligence: An overview. In T. P. Alloway, R. G. Alloway (Eds.), Working Memory: The Connected Intelligence. Frontiers of Cognitive Psychology.


Macnamara, B. N., Moore, A. B., & Conway, A. R. A. (2011). Phonological similarity effects in simple and complex span tasks. Memory & Cognition39, 1174-1186.

Macnamara, B. N., Moore, A. B., Kegl, J. A., & Conway, A. R. A. (2011). Domain-general cognitive abilities and interpreter skill prediction. Interpreting13, 121-142.

Moore, A. B., Lee, N. Y. L., Clark, B. A. M., & Conway, A. R. A. (2011). In defense of the personal/impersonal distinction in moral psychology research: Cross-cultural validation of the dual process model of moral judgment. Judgment and Decision Making6, 186-195.


Moore, A. B., Stevens, J., & Conway, A. R. A. (2011). Individual differences in sensitivity to reward and punishment predict moral judgment. Personality and Individual Differences50, 621-625.


Burgess, G. C., Braver, T. S., Conway, A. R. A., & Gray, J. R. (2011). Neural mechanisms of interference control underlie the relationship between fluid intelligence and working memory span.Journal of Experimental Psychology: General140, 674-692.


Chein, J. M., Moore, A. B., & Conway, A. R. A. (2011). Domain-general mechanisms of complex working memory span. Neuroimage, 54, 550-559.


Conway, A. R. A., Getz, S. J., Macnamara, B., & Engel de Abreu, P. M. J. (2011). Working memory and intelligence. In Sternberg, R. J. & Kaufman, S. B. (Eds.). The Cambridge Handbook of Intelligence. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.


Engel de Abreu, P. M. J., Conway, A. R. A., & Gathercole, S. E. (2010). Working memory and fluid intelligence in young children. Intelligence, 38, 552-561.


Sanchez, C. A., Wiley, J., Miura, T. K., Colflesh, G. J. H., Jensen, M. S., Ricks, T. R., & Conway, A. R. A.  (2010). Assessing working memory capacity in a non-native language.  Learning and Individual Differences, 20, 488-493.


Conway, A. R. A., & Getz, S. J. (2010). Cognitive ability: Does working memory training enhance intelligence? Current Biology, 20, 362-364.


Conway, A. R. A., Moore, A. B., & Kane, M. J. (2009). Recent trends in the cognitive neuroscience of working memory. Cortex, 45, 262-268.


Conway, A. R. A., Skitka, L. J., Hemmerich, J. A., & Kershaw, T. C. (2009). Flashbulb memory for September 11, 2001. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 23, 605-623.


Shamosh, N. A., DeYoung, C. G., Green, A. E., Reis, D. L., Johnson, M. R., Conway, A. R. A., Engle, R. W., Braver, T. S., & Gray, J. R. (2008). Individual differences in delay discounting: Relation to intelligence, working memory, and anterior prefrontal cortex. Psychological Science, 9, 904-911.


Colflesh, G. J. H., & Conway, A. R. A. (2007). Individual differences in working memory capacity and divided attention in dichotic listening. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 14, 699-703.


Kane, M. J., Conway, A. R. A., Miura, T. K., & Colflesh, G. J. H. (2007). Working memory, attention control, and the N-back task: A cautionary tale of construct validity. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 33, 615-622.


Conway, A. R. A., Jarrold, C., Kane, M. J., Miyake, A., & Towse, J. (2007). Variation in Working Memory. Oxford University Press. [Edited book]


Conway, A. R. A., Jarrold, C., Kane, M. J., Miyake, A., & Towse, J. (2007). Variation in working memory: An introduction. In A. R. A. Conway, C. Jarrold, M. J. Kane, A. Miyake, J. Towse (Eds.),Variation in Working MemoryOxford University Press.


Kane, M. J., Conway, A. R. A., Hambrick, D. Z., & Engle, R. W. (2007). Variation in working-memory capacity as variation in executive attention and control. In A. R. A. Conway, C. Jarrold, M. J. Kane, A. Miyake, J. Towse (Eds.), Variation in Working MemoryOxford University Press.


Cowan, N., Kane, M. J., Conway, A. R. A., & Ipsa-Cowan, A. (2006). Stupid brain!  Homer’s working memory odyssey. In A. Brown and C. Logan (Eds.), D’oh! The Psychology of the Simpsons(pp. 49 – 64). Dallas, TX: BenBella Books.


Heitz, R. P., Redick, T. S., Hambrick, D. Z., Kane, M. J., Conway, A. R. A., & Engle, R. W. (2006). WM, EF, and gF are not the same. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 29, 135-136.


Conway, A. R. A., Kane, M. J., Bunting, M. F., Hambrick, D. Z., Wilhelm, O., & Engle, R. W. (2005). Working memory span tasks: A methodological review and user’s guide. PsychonomicBulletin & Review, 12, 769-786.


Cowan, N., Elliott, E. M., Saults, J. S., Morey, C. C., Mattox, S., Hismjatullina, A., & Conway, A. R. A. (2005). On the capacity of attention: Its estimation and its role in working memory and cognitive aptitudes. Cognitive Psychology, 51, 42-100.


Kane, M. J., Hambrick, D. Z., & Conway, A. R. A. (2005). Working memory capacity and fluid intelligence are strongly related constructs: Comment on Ackerman, Beier, and Boyle (2004).Psychological Bulletin, 131, 66-71.


Watson, J. M., Bunting, M. F., Poole, B. J., & Conway, A. R. A. (2005). Individual differences in susceptibility to false memory in the Deese-Roediger-McDermott paradigm. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, & Cognition, 31, 76-85


Conway, A. R. A. (2005). Cognitive mechanisms underlying intelligence: Defense of a reductionist approach. In O. Wilhelm and R. W. Engle (Eds.), Understanding and Measuring Intelligence. Sage.


Bunting, M. F., Conway, A. R. A., & Heitz, R. P. (2004). Individual differences in the fan effect and working memory capacity. Journal of Memory and Language, 51, 604-622.


Conway, A. R. A., Kane, M. J., & Engle, R. W. (2003). Working memory capacity and its relation to general intelligence. Trends in Cognitive Science, 7, 547-552.


Conway, A. R. A. (2003). Book review of Andrade (2001), Working memory in perspective. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 56A, 766-768.


Conway, A. R. A., Cowan, N., Bunting, M. F., Therriault, D. J., & Minkoff, S. R. B. (2002). A latent variable analysis of working memory capacity, short term memory capacity, processing speed, and general fluid intelligence. Intelligence, 30, 163-183.


Conway, A. R. A., Cowan, N., & Bunting, M. F. (2001). The cocktail party phenomenon revisited: The importance of working memory capacity. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 8, 331-335.


Conway, A. R. A., & Kane, M. J. (2001). Capacity, control and conflict: An individual differences perspective on attentional capture. In C. Folk and B. Gibson (Eds.), Attraction, Distraction and Action: Multiple Perspectives on Attention Capture (pp. 349 – 372). Amsterdam: Elsevier Science.


Kane, M. J., Bleckley, M. K., Conway, A. R. A., & Engle, R. W. (2001). A controlled-attention view of working memory capacity: Individual differences in memory span and the control of visual orienting. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 130, 169-183.


Conway, A. R. A., Tuholski, S. W., Shisler, R., & Engle, R. W. (1999). The effect of memory load on negative priming: An individual differences investigation. Memory & Cognition, 27, 1042-1050.


Conway, A. R. A. (1999). The time-course of negative priming: Little evidence for episodic trace retrieval. Memory & Cognition, 27, 575-583.


Engle, R. W., Tuholski, S. W., Laughlin, J., & Conway, A. R. A. (1999). Working memory, short-term memory and general fluid intelligence: A latent variable model approach. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 128, 309-331. 


Conway, A. R. A., Kane, M. J., & Engle, R. W. (1999). Is Spearman’s g determined by speed or working memory capacity? Book review of Jensen on Intelligence-g-Factor. Psycoloquy, 10 (074),article 16.


Kane, M. J., Conway, A. R. A., & Engle, R. W. (1999). What do working memory tests really measure? A comment on Caplan and Waters (1999). Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 22, 101-102.


Engle, R. W., & Conway, A. R. A. (1998). Comprehension and working memory. In R. H. Logie and K. J. Gilhooly (Eds.), Working Memory and Thinking. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.


Conway, A. R. A., & Engle, R. W. (1996). Individual differences in working memory capacity: More evidence for a general capacity theory. Memory, 4, 577-590.


Engle, R. W., Conway, A. R. A., Tuholski, S. W., & Shisler, R. J. (1995).  A resource account of inhibition. Psychological Science, 6, 122-125     


Conway, A. R. A., & Engle, R. W. (1994). Working memory and retrieval: A resource-dependent inhibition model. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 123, 354-373.


Manuscripts Under Review


Kovacs, K., & Conway, A. R. A. (2014). Process overlap theory: A unified account of human intelligence. Behavioral and Brain Sciences.


Moreau, D., Morrison, A. B., & Conway, A. R. A. (2014). An ecological approach to cognitive enhancement: Complex motor training. Acta Psychologica.


Chow, M., & Conway, A. R. A. (2014). The scope and control of attention: Sources of variance in working memory capacity. Memory & Cognition.


Moore, A. B., Conway, A. R. A., & Niv, Y. (2014). What’s so special about moral judgment: Perhaps not as much as you think. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.





External Grant Funding


Dual Mechanisms of Cognitive Control

  National Institutes of Health (April 1, 2013 – May 30, 2015)

  Role: Co-Principal Investigator

  PI: Todd Braver, Washington University in St. Louis


The Effects of Mind-Wandering on the Learning and Retention of STEM Content: Experimental and Individual Differences Investigations

  National Science Foundation (August 1, 2013 – June 30, 2015)

  Role: Statistics Consultant

  PIs: Mike Kane, Univ. of North Carolina, Greensboro & Akira Miyake, Univ. of Colorado


Longitudinal Assessment of Brain Structure and Function in Sports-related Concussion

  New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services (June 1, 2010 – May 30, 2013)

  Role: Statistics Consultant

  PI: Dan Osherson, Princeton University


Afghan Language Aptitude Battery

  Department of Defense (April 1, 2011 – August 17, 2011) [Contract terminated]

  Role: Co-Principal Investigator

  PI: Michael Bunting, University of Maryland


The Role of Epistomological Beliefs and Cognitive Processing on Engineering Students' Ability to Solve Ambiguous Problems

  National Science Foundation (August 1, 2009 – July 31, 2012)

  Role: Statistics Consultant

  PI: Elliot Douglas, University of Florida


Peer Effects on Neural and Behavioral Markers of Risk-taking in Adolescents

  National Institutes of Health (September 1, 2006 – September 1, 2009)

  Role: Statistics Consultant

  PI: Laurence Steinberg, Temple University


Neural Substrates of Emotion-Cognition Interactions

  National Institutes of Health (September 1, 2003 – September 1, 2006)

  Role: Co-Principal Investigator with Jeremy Gray, Yale University and Todd Braver, Washington University in St. Louis


A Test of Flashbulb Memory: Tuesday, September 11, 2001

  National Science Foundation (September 18, 2001 – September 18, 2003)

  Role: Principal Investigator




Teaching Experience


Course                                                            University      Semester(s) taught


Undergraduate Statistics                                  UIC                 F96, S97, S98, F99, F03

            Princeton         S05, S06, S07, F07, S08, S09, S11,

                                    F11, S12, F12, S13, F13, S14, F14

Undergraduate Advanced Statistics                 Princeton         F07, F08, F09

Undergraduate Research Methods                  USC                F94

Undergraduate Cognitive Psychology UIC                 S98, F98, S02

Undergraduate Lab in Cognition                     UIC                 S00, F01

Graduate Statistics                                           UIC                 F97, F99, F00, F01, S03

Princeton         F04 – F14 (every Fall)


Online Course                                               Provider         Semester (Initial Enrollment)


Statistics One                                                  Coursera          F12 (81,170)

Statistics One                                                  Coursera          F13 (144,950)


Graduate Advisees (Primary)


1.     Michael Bunting, 1997 – 2003, Current position: Area Director, The University of Maryland, Center for the Advanced Study of Language (CASL)

2.     Rebecca Schrader, 1999 – 2002, Terminal M.A.

3.     Timothy Miura, 2001 – 2005, Current position: Instructor, University of Loyola: Chicago

4.     Gregory Colflesh, 2001 – 2009, Current position: Research Scientist, The University of Maryland, Center for the Advanced Study of Language (CASL)

5.     Adam Moore, 2006 – 2011, Current position: Assistant Professor, The University of Edinburgh

6.     Brooke Macnamara, 2008 – 2014, Current position: Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University

7.     Michael Chow, 2011 – present, Current position: Graduate student, Princeton University

8.     Tasha Holden, 2012 – present, Current position: Graduate student, Princeton University


University Service (Princeton)


Statistics Consultant for the Department of Psychology (2004 – present)

New building planning committee (2009 – 2012)

Undergraduate curriculum committee (2010 – 2012)

Freshman Scholars Institute (FSI), Instructor (2012, Summer)

Organizer of weekly “coglunch” series (2012, Spring)

Faculty Committee on Online Courses (2012 – 2014)

Faculty Advisor, Princeton Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (PSURE, 2014)



University Service (UIC)


Computer facilities and data management (Committee Chair, 1997 – 2004)

Departmental Internal Review Board (IRB) for the protection of human subjects (2003 – 2004)

Department Faculty Hiring Priorities Committee (2002 – 2004)

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Faculty Senate (2003 – 2004)

Faculty sponsor for local chapter of American Psychological Society (1998 – 2004)

Faculty sponsor for local chapter of Golden Key International Honour Society (1999 – 2004)

Honor’s College fellow (mentor undergraduates) (1999 – 2004)

Faculty search committee member (1997 – 98, 99 – 00, 00 – 01)

Organizer of the weekly cognitive “brownbag” series (1997 – 1999, 2003 – 2004)


Other Service


Variation in Working Memory, Conference Chair (2003)

MPA Program Committee (2003 – 2006)

APA Division 3, Convention Program Chair (2004)

International Society for Intelligence Research, Symposium Organizer (2010)

Psychonomic Society Program Committee Chair (2013)

Psychonomic Society Convention Manager (2012 – present)


Professional Affiliations


Fellow of the Psychonomic Society

Member of the European Society for Cognitive Psychology

Member of the International Society for Intelligence Research

Member of the Association for Psychological Science

Member of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping


Honors & Awards


UIC Nominee for USA Professor of the Year, 2001

Sponsored by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

Excellence in Teaching Award, 2000

            Awarded by the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (UIC)

Teaching Recognition Program Award, 1999

Awarded by the Council for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (UIC)

The Silver Circle Teaching Award, 1999

Awarded by the graduating class (UIC)


Personal Information


Date of Birth: December 31st 1969

Birthplace: Albany, New York, USA


Most recent CV update: September 24, 2014