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Tara Lineweaver

Professor - Psychology Psychology - LAS
Tara Lineweaver


I am trained as a Clinical Psychologist with a specialty in neuropsychology (how the brain impacts cognitive abilities). My research interests span neurodegenerative disorders (such as Alzheimer's Disease and Parkinson's Disease), music and dementia, healthy aging, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and epilepsy.  I especially love mentoring undergraduate students as they develop their research skills as student scientists.  I am also the Director of Butler's Neuroscience minor.


Courses I teach regularly at Butler include:

     Biological Bases of Behavior (PS 235)

     Advanced Applied Neuroscience (PS 412)

     Food: Pasture, Table, Body and Mind (NW 261)

     Music First! Engaging Student Scientists in Community-Based Research (ID 345)

     Mental Illness: Biological, Psychological, and Sociological Perspectives (SW 275)

Education and Training

The Cleveland Clinic Foundation (APPCN Approved), Neuropsychology Postdoctoral Fellow

San Diego State University/ University of California, San Diego, Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology

The University of Chicago Medical Center (APA Approved), Clinical Psychology Intern

Georgia Institute of Technology, M.S. in Experimental Psychology

Butler University, B.A. in Psychology, B.S. in Arts Administration

Selected Recent Publications (student co-authors are italicized)

Lineweaver, T.T., Crumley-Branyon, J.J., Horhota, M. & Wright, M.K. (2020). Easy or Effective? Explaining Young Adults' and Older Adults' Likelihood of Using Various Strategies to Improve Their Memory.  Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition, 27, 1-17.

Lineweaver, T.T. & Bergeson, T.R. (2019). Generating Civically-Engaged Undergraduate Student Scientists in General Education Classrooms. Frontiers in Psychology, 10, 664 (5 pages). 

Lineweaver, T.T., Gingerich Hall, A., Hilycord, D. & Vitelli, S. (2019). Introducing and Evaluating a "Study Smarter, Not Harder" Study Tips Presentation Offered to Incoming Students at a Four-Year University. Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 19, 16-46. 

Shiltz, D., Lineweaver, T.T., Brimmer, T., Cairns, A.C., Halcomb, D.S., Juett, J., Beer, L., Hay, D.P. & Plewes, J. (2018).  "Music First!" An Alternative or Adjunct to Psychotropic Medications for the Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia. Geropsych: The Journal of Gerontopsychology and Geriatric Psychiatry, 31, 17-30.

Gingerich  Hall, A.C.& Lineweaver, T.T. (2018).  F-  atal Distraction: The Impact of In-Class Media Multitasking on Students' Classroom Learning.  In R.J. Harnish, K.R. Bridges, D.N. Sattler, M.L. Signorella & M. Munson (Eds.) The Use of Technology in Teaching and Learning (pp. 54-65). 

Kercood, S., Lineweaver, T.T., Frank, C.C. & Fromm, E.D. (2017).  Cognitive Flexibility and Its Relationship to Academic Achievement and Career Choice of College Students with and without Attention Disorders.  Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability, 30, 327-342.

Lineweaver, T.T., Kugler, J., Rabellino, A. & Stephan, Y. (2017).  Beliefs about Age-Related Changes in Physical Functioning across the Adult Life Span and Their Relationship with Physical Activity Levels of Older Adults.  Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition.   

Lineweaver, T.T., Roy, A. & Horth, M. (2017).  Children’s Stereotypes of Older Adults: Evaluating Contributions of Cognitive Development and Social Learning.  Educational Gerontology, 43, 300-312

Lineweaver, T.T., Horhota, M., Crumley, J. Geanon, C.T. & Juett, J.J. (2016)  Age Differences in Perceptions of Memory Strategy Effectiveness for Recent and Remote Memory.  Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition. 

Lineweaver, T.T., Horhota, M., Hull, R., McRoberts, S.M. & Fishbaugh, M.E. (2016)  Compared to What? The Effects of a Frame of Reference on Older Adults’ Subjective Memory.  Aging, Neuropsychology and Cognition, 23,327-337.

Shiltz, D.L., Lineweaver, T.T., Brimmer, T., Hay, D. Plewes, J., Dimmmick, P., Kinnavy, R.T. & Medas, R.E. (2015).  An Interprofessional Study of the Effect of Music as a Non-Pharmacological Intervention on the ABC’s (Affect-Behavior-Cognition) of Older Adults with Mild or Moderate Dementia.  ARC Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences,1, 9-18.

Busch, R., Lineweaver, T.T., Ferguson, L. & Haut, J. (2015).  Reliable Change Indices and Standardized Regression-Based Change Score Norms for Evaluating Neuropsychological Change Following Epilepsy Surgery in Children.  Epilepsy and Behavior, 47, 45-54.

Lineweaver, T.T., Bondi, M.W., Galasko, D.  Salmon, D.P. (2014).  Effect of Knowledge of APOE Genotype on Subjective and Objective Memory Performance in Healthy Older Adults.  American Journal of Psychiatry, 171, 201-208. 

Lineweaver, T.T. & Brolsma, J.V. (2014).  How You Ask Matters: An Experimental Investigation of the Influence of Mood on Memory Self-Perceptions and Their Relationship with Objective Memory. Memory, 22, 1103-1115. 

Gingerich, A. & Lineweaver, T. T. (2014).  OMG! Texting in Class = U Fail :( Empirical Evidence that Text Messaging During Class Disrupts Comprehension.  Teaching of Psychology, 41,  44-51.

Curriculum Vitae