Santa Clara University

Psychology department

Patricia Simone

Associate Professor

Patti Simone, Ph.D.
Santa Clara University
Department of Psychology
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA  95053-0333
Phone: 408-554-4577
Director, Gerontology Certificate Program


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Educational Background

Ph.D., University of California, San Diego
Experimental Psychology


Gerontology Program

Gerontology is a multi-disciplinary field involved in the study of aging and elderly adults. Students from any major at SCU may enhance their credentials by participating in the Gerontology program at SCU. For more information, contact me or visit our web site.

Courses Taught

PSYC 1: General Psychology I
PSYC 166: Human Neuropsychology
PSYC 167: Psychopharmacology
PSYC 168: Advanced Topics in Neuroscience
PSYC 196: Psychology of Aging
Gerontology Practicum



My primary focus of research is cognitive aging. I study factors that influence long term memory in older adults and children. Environmental factors include continuing education, spaced retrieval and other moderators of change. I am also interested in the development of selective attention abilities of children, young adults, and older adults, including the role of distractor processing in selective attention, and behavioral and neural mechanisms of cognitive inhibition.


Representative Publications

Simone, P.M., & Baylis, G.C. (1997). Selective attention in a reaching task: Effect of normal aging and Alzheimer's disease. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 23(3), 595-608.

Simone, P.M., & Baylis, G.C. (1997). The role of attention in a spatial memory task in Alzheimer disease patients. Alzheimer Disease and Associated Disorders, 11 (3) 140-152.

Simone, P.M., Carlisle, E.A.,. & McCormick, E.B. (1998). Effect of defining features on inhibition in a spatial localization task. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 24(3), 993-1005.

Simone, P.M., & McCormick, E.B. (1999). Effect of defining feature on negative priming across the life span. Visual Cognition, 6(5), 587-606.

Stout, J.C., Wylie, S.A., Simone, P.M., Siemers, E.R. (2001) Influence of competing distractors on response selection in Huntington’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 18(7), 643-653.

Simone, P.M., Ahrens, K., Foerde, K. E. G., Spinetta, M. (2006) Influence of attended repetition trials on negative priming in younger and older adults. Memory & Cognition, 34(1) 187-195.

Simone, P.M. and Scuilli, M. Cognitive Benefits of Participation in Lifelong Learning Institutes, LLI Review, LLI Review, 1(1) 44-51.

Simone, P.M. and Haas, A. (2007) The influence of lifelong learning on mood, LLI Review, 2, 36-42.

Simone, P.M. & Cesena, J.V. (2010) Comparison of Student Demographics, Satisfaction and Perceived Cognitive Demand in Two Lifelong Learning Programs. Educational Gerontology, 36(5), 425-434.

Simone, P.M., Bell, M.C., & Cepeda, N.J., (2012). Diminished But Not Forgotten: Effects of Aging on Magnitude of Spacing Effect Benefits. Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, doi:10.1093/geronb/gbs096.

Simone, P.M., & Hass, A. Frailty, Leisure Activity and Functional Status in Older Adults: Relationship with Subjective Well Being. Clinical Gerontologist.

Bell, M.C., Cepeda, N.J., Kawadri, N. & Simone, P.M.(2013). Long-term Memory, Sleep and the Spacing Effect. Memory.

Book Chapters

Kahan, Tracey L., & Simone, Patricia M., (2005) Where Neurocognition Meets the Master: Attention and Metacognition in Zen. In K. Bulkeley (Ed.) Soul, Psyche, & Brain. Palgrave McMillan, pp. 113-137.

Book Review

The Moral Challenge of Alzheimer’s Disease. Religious Studies Review, 28 (1), 2002.