Diane Filion, Ph.D.Diane Filion

Professor and Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Contact Information

Telephone: (816) 235-1061

Address: 5030 Cherry Street, Room 320
Kansas City, MO 64110


Doctoral: University of Southern California (1990)
Post-doctoral: Fellowship, National Institute on Aging, University of Southern California, Andrus Gerontology Center and University of California-San Diego Department of Psychiatry (1990-1992)

Research Interests

Physiological measures of attention and emotion; attentional function and dysfunction; aging and psychopathology

Student Research Projects

The psychological significance of Prepulse Inhibition of Startle
Laterality effects in Prepulse Inhibition
Emotion aftereffects of violent video game play
Selectivity vs generalization in emotion regulation
The Monitoring Coping Style and emotion regulation
Functional fitness and lifetime activity levels in community-dwelling seniors


American Psychological Society
Psychonomic Society
Society for Psychophysiological Research


Filion, D.L., & Poje, A.B. (in press). Selective and nonselective attention effects on prepulse inhibition of startle: A comparison of task and no-task conditions. Biological Psychology.


McDowd, J. M., Filion, D., Pohl, P. S., Richards, L. G., & Stiers, W. (2003). Attentional abilities and functional outcomes following stroke. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 58, P45-P53.

Brown, C., Cromwell, R.L., Filion, D.L., Dunn, W., & Tollefson, N. (2002). Sensory processing in schizophrenia: missing and avoiding information. Schizophrenia Research, 55, 187-195.


Dawson, M.E., Schell, A.M., Hazlett, E.A., Nuechterlein, K.H., & Filion, D.L. (2000). On the clinical and cognitive meaning of impaired sensorimotor gating in schizophrenia. Psychiatry Research,96, 187-197.


Dawson. M.E., Schell, A.M., & Filion, D.L. (2000). The electrodermal system. In J.T. Cacioppo, & L.G. Tassinary (Eds.), Principles of psychophysiology: Physical, social, and inferential elements, 2nd Edition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


Filion, D.L., Seljos, K.A., & Hazlett, E.A. (1999). Behavioral analogies of short lead interval startle inhibition. In M. Dawson, A. Schell, & A. Boehmelt (Eds.), Startle modification: Implications for neuroscience, Cognitive Science, and Clinical Science. Stanford, CA: Cambridge University Press.


Filion, D.L., Dawson, M.E., & Schell, A.M. (1998). The psychological significance of human startle eye-blink modification: a review. Biological Psychology, 47, 1-43.


Filion, D.L., Dawson, M.E., & Schell, A.M. (1994). Probing the orienting response with startle eyeblink and secondary reaction time. Psychophysiology, 31, 68-78.


Filion, D.L., Dawson, M.E., & Schell, A.M. (1993). Modification of the acoustic startle-reflex eyeblink: A tool for investigating early and late attentional processes. Biological Psychology, 35, 185-200.