The Human Memory Lab has two principal aims: 1) to understand how and why we store and retrieve memories, and 2) to apply this knowledge to the development of more effective ways to improve cognition and everyday functioning. The clinical and cognitive neuroscience research conducted in our laboratory combines neuropsychological, cognitive, social psychological, and neuroimaging approaches. In our research we draw insight into cognition by studying individuals with memory disorders and healthy adults.
A major focus of our current research is autobiographical (self-referential) memory and aging. Ongoing studies are focused on encoding and retrieval of autobiographical memory in normal and abnormal aging. We also are studying social and future-oriented functions of autobiographical memory.
Another focus of our research is traumatic brain injury. We are particularly interested in uncovering how autobiographical memory is affected by brain injury of varying severity, and how we can improve this type of memory.