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Amy Lynne Shelton, PhD

Executive Director, Center for Talented Youth

Keywords: Behavior; cognition and brain; development

O: (410) 516-4222

Amy Shelton is the executive director of the Center for Talented Youth and a professor in the School of Education. She holds a joint appointment in the School of Medicine and serves on the steering committees for the university-wide Science of Learning Initiative. She was on the faculty in psychological and brain sciences at JHU from 2002 to 2013 before assuming the joint position with the Center for Talented Youth and the School of Education. She also serves as an associate editor for the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General and on the editorial board for Spatial Cognition and Computation. She is affiliated with a number of different professional organizations in psychology, neuroscience and education. Her research in cognitive psychology/cognitive neuroscience focuses on spatial skills, individual differences and mechanisms of learning, couched in the broad context of understanding the characterization and needs of the individual learner. She has a track record of publications in major academic journals and grant support, and her professional orientation takes a strong basic science approach that is informed by the problems and questions of practice and application.


Ph.D. Vanderbilt University, 1999, Cognitive Psychology
M.A. Vanderbilt University, 1997, Cognitive Psychology
B.S. Illinois State University, 1993, Psychology


Applied Multiple Regression Analysis, 883.602, Johns Hopkins University

Brain Myths & Folk Psychology, 200-214, Johns Hopkins University

Intro to Cognitive Psychology, 200-110, Johns Hopkins University

Intro to Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 200-155, Johns Hopkins University

Advanced Statistical Methods, 200-314, Johns Hopkins University

Advanced Research Design and Analysis, 200-315, Johns Hopkins University

Career Development Seminar, Johns Hopkins University

Core Topics in PBS, Johns Hopkins University

Cognitive Proseminar (Team-Taught Graduate Seminar), Johns Hopkins University

Graduate Seminar: Memory, Johns Hopkins University

Signal Detection Theory (Graduate Seminar), Johns Hopkins University

Structural Equation Modeling (Graduate Seminar), Johns Hopkins University


CHS: Small: Collaborative Research: Improving Wayfinding and Navigation in Immersive Virtual Environments. (PI: Shelton). NSF 1526611. 11/1/2015-10/31/2018

Teacher Priorities, Differentiation, and Teaching to “the Bubble”. (PI: Shelton). Overdeck Family Foundation. 1/1/2015-12/31/2017

Place and Response Mechanisms in Human Spatial Learning. (PI: Shelton). NSF 0920221. 9/15/2009-8/31/2013

Bridging Cognitive Aging in Rodents to Man using fMRI in Amnestic MCI. (PI: Gallagher). NIA RC2AG036419. 9/30/2009-9/29/2011


Plucker, J.A., & Shelton, A.L. (2015). General Intelligence (g): Overview of a Complex Construct and Its Implications for Genetics Research. Hastings Center Report, 45(5), S21-S24. www.thehastingscenter.org/Publications/HCR/Detail.aspx?id=7590#ixzz3qghV1g8z

Hansen, E., Gluck, S., & Shelton, A.L. (2015). Obligations and Concerns of an Organization Like the
Center for Talented Youth. Hastings Center Report, 45(5), S66-S72.

Marchette, S.A., Sever, M.W., Flombaum, J.I., & Shelton, A.L. (2015). Individual Differences in Representational Precision Predict Spatial Working Memory Span. Spatial Cognition & Computation, 15(4), 308-328. www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13875868.2015.1078334

Furman, A.J., Clements-Stephens, A.M., Marchette, S.A., & Shelton, A.L. (in press). Persistent and Stable Biases in Spatial Learning Mechanisms Predict Navigational Style. Cognitive Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience.

Clements-Stephens, A. M., Vasiljevic, K., Murray, A. J., & Shelton, A. L. (2013). The Role of Potential Agents in Making Spatial Perspective Taking Social. [Original Research]. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7. http://www.frontiersin.org/Journal/10.3389/fnhum.2013.00497/abstract

Yerramsetti, A., Marchette, S.A., & Shelton, A.L. (2012). Accessibility vs. accuracy in retrieving spatial memory: Evidence for suboptimal assumed headings. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition, 39(4), 1106 – 1114. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0030905

Bakker, A., Krauss, G., Albert, M.S., Speck, C.L., Jones, L.R., Stark, C.E., Yassa, M.A., Bassett, S.S., Shelton, A.L., & Gallagher, M. (2012). Levetiracetam treatment attenuates excess hippocampal activity with cognitive benefit in patients with amnestic mild cognitive impairment. Neuron, 74(3), 467-474. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S089662731200325X

Shelton, A.L., Clements-Stephens, A.M., Lam, W.Y., Pak, D.M., & Murray, A.J. (2012). Should social savvy equal good spatial skills? The interaction of social skills with spatial perspective taking. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 141(2), 199-205. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0024617

Walsh, M. K., Montojo, C. A., Sheu, Y.-S., Marchette, S. A., Harrison, D. M., Newsome, S. D., Zhou, F., Shelton, A. L., & Courtney, S. M. (2011). Object working memory performance depends on microstructure of the frontal-occipital fasciculus. Brain Connectivity, 1, 317-329. doi: 10.1089/brain.2011.0037

Marchette, S.A., Bakker, A., & Shelton, A.L. (2011). Cognitive Mappers to Creatures of Habit: Differential Engagement of Place and Response Learning Mechanisms Predicts Human Navigational Behavior. The Journal of Neuroscience, 31(43), 15264-15268. http://www.jneurosci.org/content/31/43/15264.abstract

Clements-Stephens, A.M., McKell-Jeffers, G.O., Maddux, J.-M., & Shelton, A.L. (2011). Strategies for spatial organization in adults and children. Visual Cognition, 19(7), 886-909. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13506285.2011.595742

Marchette, S., Yerramsetti, A., Burns, T., & Shelton, A.L. (2011). Spatial memory in the real world: long-term representations of everyday environments. Memory & Cognition, 39(8), 1401-1408. http://dx.doi.org/10.3758/s13421-011-0108-x

Shelton, A.L., & Marchette, S.A. (2010). Where do you think you are? Effects of conceptual current position on spatial memory performance. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition, 36, 686-698. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0018713