Hunter Ball

Hunter Ball

  • Assistant Professor of Psychology
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  • Phone: (817) 272-3239
  • Address: Room 511, Life Sciences Bldg.
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  • Description of Research
    My research investigates the memory and attention control processes involved in the planning and coordination of future actions (i.e., prospective memory), maintenance of goal-relevant information (i.e., working memory), encoding and retrieval of information in long-term memory (i.e., episodic memory), and monitoring and regulation of one’s own cognition (i.e., metamemory). Within each of these domains, a central question concerns age-related changes in these processes.

    Dr. Ball will be accepting graduate students and postdocs for the Fall of 2019! 

    Representative Publications

    Ball, B.H. & Bugg, M. J. (2018). Aging and the strategic use of context to control prospective memory monitoring. Psychology & Aging.

    Ball, B.H., Pitaes, M., Brewer, G.A. (2018). Episodic memory abilities predict successful prospective memory output monitoring. Memory.

    Ball, B.H., & Bugg, M. J. (2018). Context cue focality influences strategic prospective memory monitoring. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review.

    Wingert, K., Blais, C., Ball, B.H., Brewer, G.A. (2018). Regulating working memory in emotionally-laden contexts. Acta Psychologica.

    Berisha, V., Gilton, D. Baxter, L. C., Corman, S. R., Blais, C., Brewer, G.A., Ball, B.H., Wingert, K., Peter, B., Rogalsky, C. (2018). Structural neural predictors of Farsi-English bilingualism. Brain & Language.

    Ball, B.H., & Brewer, G.A. (2017). Proactive control processes in event-based prospective memory: Evidence from intraindividual variability and ex-Gaussian analyses. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory & Cognition.

    Ball, B.H., & Aschenbrenner, A. (2017). The importance of age-related differences in prospective memory: Evidence from diffusion model analyses. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 25(3), 1114-1122.

    Bugg, M. J. & Ball, B.H. (2017). The strategic control of prospective memory monitoring in response to complex and probabilistic contextual cues. Memory & Cognition

    Brewer, G.A., Lau, K., Wingert, K., Ball, B.H., Blais, C. (2017). Examining depletion theories under conditions of within-task transfer. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 146(7), 988.

    Wahlheim, C. N., Ball, B. H., & Richmond, L.L. (2017). Adult age differences in response production and monitoring in dual-list free recall: Externalized free recall with confidence. Psychology & Aging, 32(4), 338.

    Brewer, G.A. Ball, B.H., Ware, J.M. (2016). Individual differences in working memory capacity and shooting behavior. Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, 5(2), 185-191.

    Ball, B.H., Brewer, G.A., Loft, S., & Bowden, V. (2015). Uncovering continuous and transient monitoring profiles in event-based prospective memory. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 22(2), 492-499.

    Loft, S., Bowden, V., Ball, B.H., Brewer, G.A. (2015). Fitting an ex-Gaussian function to costs in event-based prospective memory: Evidence for a continuous monitoring profile. Acta  Psychologica, 152, 177-182.

    Knight, J.B., Brewer, G.A., Ball, B.H., DeWitt, M.R. (2015). The influence of mood on the process and content of encoding future intentions. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 68(6), 1082-1100.

    Ball, B.H., Klein, K., Brewer, G.A. (2014). Processing fluency mediates the influence of perceptual information on monitoring learning of educationally-relevant materials. Journal of Experimental  Psychology: Applied, 20(4), 336.

    Mennega, S.E., Baxter, L.C., Grunfeld, I.S., Brewer, G.A., Aiken, L.S., Engler-Chiurazzie, E.B., Camp, B.W., Acosta, J.I., Braden, B.B., Schaefer, K.R., Gerson, J.E., Lavery, C.N., Tsang, C.W.S., Hewitt, L.T., Kingston, M.L., Koebele, S.V., Patten, K.J., Ball, B.H., McBeath, M.K., Bimonte-Nelson, H.A. (2014). Navigating to new frontiers in behavioral neuroscience: Traditional neuropsychological tests predict human performance on a rodent-inspired radial-arm maze. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 8.

    Ball, B.H., DeWitt, M.R., Knight, J.B., Hicks, J. L, & Marsh, R.L. (2014). Encoding and retrieval processes involved in the access of source information in the absence of item memory. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, & Cognition. 40(5), 1271-86.

    Cook, C., Ball, B.H., & Brewer, G.A. (2014). No effects of executive control depletion on prospective memory attention and retrieval processes. Consciousness & Cognition, 27, 121-28.

    Frank, D.W., DeWitt, M.R., Hudgens-Haney, M., Schaeffer, D.J., Ball, B.H., Schwartz, N., Hussein, L.M., Sabatinelli, D. (2014). Emotion regulation: Quantitative meta-analysis of functional activation and deactivation. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 45, 202-11.

    Ball, B.H., Knight, J.B., DeWitt, M.R., & Brewer, G.A. (2013). Individual differences in the delayed execution of prospective memories. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 66(12), 2411-25.

    Corman, S., Ball, B.H., Talboom, K. M., & Brewer, G.A. (2013). Assessing two-mode semantic network story representations using a false memory paradigm. Workshop on Computational Models of Narrative, OASIcs-OpenAccess Series in Informatics, 32.

    DeWitt, M.R., Hicks, J.L., Ball, B.H., Knight, J.B., & Marsh, R.L. (2012). Encountering items previously paired with prospective memory target events can serve to reactivate intentions. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 24(8), 981-990.

    Knight, J.B., Ball, B.H., Brewer, G.A., DeWitt, M.R., & Marsh, R.L. (2012). Testing unsuccessfully: A specification of the underlying mechanisms supporting its influence on retention. Journal of Memory and Language, 66(4), 731-746.

    Johnson, K.A., Ball, B.H., Brewer, G.A., & Cohen, A.B. (2012). Motivational and neural systems of religion: Commentary. Religion, Brain, and Behavior, 1(3), 227-231.

    Ball, B.H., Marsh, R.L., Meeks, J. T., Hicks, J.L. (2011). The reactivation of associated information affects source monitoring. Memory & Cognition, 39, 818-826.

    DeWitt, M.R., Knight, J.B., Hicks, J.L., & Ball, B.H. (2011). The effects of prior knowledge on the encoding of episodic contextual details. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 19(2), 251.

    Brewer, G.A., Ball, B.H., Knight, J.B., DeWitt, M.R.,  & Marsh, R.L. (2011). Divided attention interferes with fulfilling activity-based intentions. Acta Psychologica, 138(1), 100-105.