Attention & Memory Lab
Our lab investigates human attention, memory, and language processes.
Specifically, we focus on peoples' ability (or inability) to control attention and how this interacts with instructions, external cues, and context to influence performance across a variety of tasks including word recognition tasks, memory tasks, and tasks requiring the suppression of dominant (but inappropriate) responses.
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 CU Denver.
CURRENT PHENOMENA INVESTIGATED INCLUDE...
- Instructional and proportional manipulations in semantic priming and conflict tasks.
- Examining focused attention versus mind wandering when controlling eye movements
- Discriminating healthy aging from the earliest stages of Alzheimer's Disease.
- Discrimination of "real" from "false" memories.