The MEM Lab uses cognitive neuroscience methodology to examine the cognitive and neural processes underlying human memory.
To better understand how memory works, we investigate:
- Encoding strategies to determine the most effective ways to remember words/pictures/events
- Retrieval procedures designed to show the processes that bring memories to mind
- Instructions that give participants different perspectives on the memory task and may affect the way a memory is stored
- Physiological correlates of memory processes using electrical recordings on the scalp (event-related potentials or ERP)
- Blood flow in the brain during a memory task using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)
The goal of this research is to develop and test theories of memory that explain our cognitive experiences related to memory and how those cognitive experiences are produced by the brain.