Veronica V. Galván

Veronica V.  Galván


Phone: (619) 260-7739

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Veronica V. Galván

Assistant Professor
Psychological Sciences
Attention and Memory

Veronica Galván grew up in Richmond, Texas, and attended the University of Texas at Austin for her BA. She earned her PhD from the University of California, Irvine (UCI) and while at UCI, was a student member of the Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory. Galván teaches a variety of courses at University of San Diego that primarily focus on the brain and cognition. Her current research interests are human memory and some of factors that may enhance or impair it, such as attention and stress.

Educational Background

  • PhD, University of California, Irvine; Neurobiology and Behavior School of Biological Sciences
  • BA, University of Texas, Austin; Psychology 


  • Galván VV, Vessal RS, Golley MT (2013) The Effects of Cell Phone Conversations on the Attention and Memory of Bystanders. PLoS ONE 8(3): e58579. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0058579

In this study, participants either overheard a one-sided (cell phone) conversation or a typical (two-sided) conversation. Participants only overheard the conversation one time and were unaware that the conversation was part of the study. We were hoping to capture a 'natural' reaction to the different kinds of background conversation. Results revealed that participants who overheard the one-sided conversation found the conversation more distracting and annoying. They also remembered more words from the conversation and were more confident in some of their answers on a surprise memory test. This is the first study to use a 'naturalistic' situation to show that overhearing a cell phone conversation is a uniquely intrusive and memorable event.

  • Galván, V.V. (2013) Encyclopedia of Human Memory. Authored 19 entries.
  • Huang, M.Z., Kohl, J.G., & Galván, V.V. (2010). Use of course clustering strategy to enhance relational learning: A case study of curriculum experimentation. International Journal of Mechanical Engineering Education.
  • Kirwan, C.B., Bayley P.J., Galván, V.V., & Squire L.R. (2008). Detailed recollection of remote autobiographical memory after damage to the medial temporal lobe. Proceedings National Academy Sciences, 105(7), 2676-2680.
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