Research

My primary research interests are in the area of human memory.  Although I primarily conduct basic theoretical research, all of the topics have applicability to remembering in the real world.

Retrospective Memory

One line of work focuses on memory for information learned in the past.  The research in this area includes the function of organizational and distinctive processes, collaborative inhibition, and the generation-recognition model of recall.  Click here to see a more detailed description of these projects.

Prospective Memory

Another line of work focuses on memory to do things in the future .  The research involves exploring the factors that impact task interference, or the impaired performance on an ongoing task when a prospective memory task is embedded, and trying to understand what individuals are actually doing that causes this task interference.  Click here to see a more detailed description of these projects.

Retrieval Mode

Another interest is in how a retrieval mode or a readiness to remember is involved in both prospective and retrospective remembering, and what might be happening in the brain to support this retrieval mode.  (Note that I conduct only behavioral research, not neuroscience research, and so I approach this topic from that perspective.)  Here is a recent paper.

Applied Topics

Finally, I am interested in the more applied topic of metacognition and the strategies that students can use to improve their learning in and out of the classroom.  This is a relatively new area of interest with no ongoing research projects in the laboratory yet.