General Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, and all Cognitive Psychology related fields
(e.g., cognitive aging, cognitive neuro, human factors, & the development of expertise)
**Research Areas: Memory, Cognitive Aging, Human Factors, and Development of Expertise
My research interests focus on 1) the study of aging and 2) the development of expertise.
The ultimate goal of my research is to build a bridge between the two different, but
closely related, lines of research.
One of my research topic is the development of training activities and/or technology-based
interventions that can help older adults remain independent in spite of age-related
perceptual and cognitive declines. I have also investigated older adults' attitude
towards and uptake of new technology and how it is related to other cognitive factors.
My research interest is also grounded in the study of expert performance. I am specifically
interested in what the essence of deliberate practice is and how to apply the idea
of deliberate practice and the expert-performance approach to the study of human performance
in various fields. I recently conducted studies that illustrated how the expert-performance
approach can be successfully applied to medical education and be combined with brain-imaging
techniques. I am planning to expand my research on exceptional performance (e.g.,
exceptional memory) into the study of neural evidence of deliberate practice and medical
education as well as the development of intervention that can offset age-related cognitive
I plan to recruit 1-2 graduate students to start in fall 2020. Please feel free to
email me if you are considering applying to our psychology doctoral program and have
Citations listed below are presented in a standardized, modified format for
display purposes only. They do not necessarily reflect the preferred style and conventions
of the faculty member or discipline.
- Yoon, Jong Sung, Harper, Jeremy, Bernat, Edward M., Boot, Walter R., and Gong, Faye. Neural Evidence of Superior Memory: How to Capture Brain Activities of Encoding Processes
Underlying Superior Memory. Vol. 13, Iss. 310. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 2019. (DOI: 10.3389/fnhum.2019.00310)
- Yoon, Jong Sung, Roque, Nelson A., Andringa, Ronald, Harrell, Erin R., Lewis, Katharine G., Vitale, Thomas, Charness, Neil, and Boot, Walter R.. Intervention Comparative Effectiveness for Adult Cognitive Training (ICE-ACT) trial:
rationale, methods and baseline characteristics, 76-87. Vol. 78. Contemporary clinical trials, 2019. (DOI: 10.1016/j.cct.2019.01.014)
- Charness, Neil, Yoon, Jong Sung, Souders, Dustin, Stohart, Cary, and Yehnert, Courtney. Predictors of attitudes toward autonomous vehicles: The roles of age, gender, prior
knowledge, and personality. Vol. 9, Iss. 2589. Frontiers in Psychology, 2018. (DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.02589)
- Yoon, Jong Sung, Ericsson, K. A., and Donatelli, Dario. Effects of 30 years of disuse on exceptional memory performance, 884-903. Vol. 42. Cognitive Science, 2018. (DOI: 10.1111/cogs.12562)
- Evans, Jarrett, Charness, Neil, Dijkstra, Katinka, Fitzgibbons, Joanna M., and Yoon, Jong Sung. Is episodic memory performance more vulnerable to depressive affect in older adulthood?, 244-263. Vol. 26. Aging, Neuropsychology and Cognition, 2018. (DOI: 10.1080/13825585.2018.1424314)
- Yoon, Jong Sung, Charness, Neil, Boot, Walter R., Czaja, Sara J., and Rogers, Wendy A.. Depressive symptoms as a predictor of memory complaints in the PRISM sample., 254-263. Vol. 74. Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 2017. (DOI: 10.1093/geronb/gbx070)
- Ericsson, K. A., and Yoon, Jong Sung. Exceptional memory and expertise. In The SAGE encyclopedia of theory in psychology, edited by H. L. Miller , 318-320..
- Ericsson, K. A., Yoon, Jong Sung, and Boot, Walter R.. What we know about how experts attain their superior performance: Implications for
the use of video games and game training in schools.. In Learning by playing: Video gaming in education, edited by F. C. Blumberg , 87-103..
- Yoon, Jong Sung, Charness, Neil, and Kohlbacher, Florian. Shaking Confidence in Technology: Effects of an Earthquake-induced Nuclear Disaster
on Technology Adoption in Aging Adults (In press). Journal of Applied Gerontology. (DOI: 10.1177/0733464819895208)
- Yoon, Jong Sung, Boutis, Kathy, Pecaric, Martin R., Fefferman, Nancy R., Ericsson, K. A., and Pusic, Martin V.. A Think-Aloud Study to Inform the Design of Radiograph Interpretation Practice. Advances in Health Sciences Education.