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Michelle Meade wins Fulbright to Australia

August 22, 2013

Michelle Meade, an MSU psychology professor who specializes in memory, will work with colleagues in Australia during a year-long long sabbatical with a six-month Fulbright Fellowship at the Macqaurie Center for Cognitive Science at Macquarie University in Sydney. MSU photo by Kelly Gorham.   High-Res Available

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A Montana State University psychology professor who researches memory has won a Fulbright Fellowship to work with cognition experts in Australia.

Michelle Meade, a professor in the MSU Department of Psychology whose work explores the intersection of cognitive and social processes as they relate to human memory, will spend next school year working with the Macqaurie Center for Cognitive Science at Macquarie University in Sydney on a Fulbright U.S. Core Award. Meade said her work at Macquarie will center on older adults and social memory.

Meade said that both she and the group at Macquarie are studying the malleability of memory in older adults; however, they use different tools and techniques.

"The group (at Macquarie) studies social memory. I have been exploring the same questions using different methodology, so I think the collaboration will be exciting," Meade said.

Meade has been teaching and researching the malleability of memory and false memory since she attended graduate school at Washington University in St. Louis, where she earned both her master's and doctorate in psychology. A native of Minnesota, she earned her bachelor's degree at Grinnell College in Iowa. She also researched aging and memory during her postdoctoral fellowship at Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology.

"Studying how memory breaks down also helps us to understand how memory works," Meade said. "It's a great opportunity to spend time with like-minded people studying memory."

Meade said she had met colleagues from Macquarie at professional conferences and is looking forward to the opportunity to work in depth with them.

"They are a great group doing interdisciplinary research," Meade said. "I'm excited to bring back some new ideas."


Jody Sanford (406) 994-7791,

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