Attention & Memory Lab
Our lab investigates human attention, memory, and language processes.
In the attention domain, we focus on peoples' ability (or inability) to control attention and how this influences performance across a variety of tasks including word recognition/pronunciation, memory for word lists, and inhibiting dominant (but inappropriate) responses.
In the memory and language domains, we focus on both beneficial and detrimental effects of context on word recognition and memory.
Another goal of our research is to understand how cognitive control over performance changes across situations and across individuals. In addition to examining individual differences in attentional control among young adults, we also test healthy older adults from the community to examine potential changes in control with age.
- Dr. Dave Balota and the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center at Washington University, St. Louis.
- Dr. Julie Bugg and the Cognitive Control & Aging Lab at Washington University, St. Louis.
- Dr. Michelle Meade's Memory and Aging Lab at MSU.
- Dr. Jim Neely and the Attention, Memory, and Priming Lab at University at Albany, SUNY..
- Dr. Jason Watson and the Cognitive Science Lab at the University of Utah.
CURRENT PHENOMENA INVESTIGATED INCLUDE...
- Instructional and proportional manipulations in semantic priming and Stroop tasks.
- Examining focused attention versus mind wandering when controlling eye movements
- Discriminating healthy aging from the earliest stages of Alzheimer's Disease.
- Individual differences in working memory capacity.
- Discrimination of "real" from "false" memories.