UNCG Department of Psychology
P.O. Box 26170
Greensboro, NC 27402-6170
Ph: (336) 256-0001
Fax: (336) 334-5066
Our laboratory conducts research on human long-term memory. We investigate many different topics in this broadly defined area, and we let the questions drive our research rather than a particular methodology or a technique. Overall, the research that goes on in this lab is united by our interest in the relationship between memories and the episodic context where they were formed and retrieved. The majority (but not all) of our projects are aimed at understanding how memories become attenuated. We investigate two types of forgetting – ordinary forgetting that arises incidentally, without the intention to forget, and also motivated forgetting, which occurs when people intentionally engage in behaviors or processes that diminish accessibility of unwanted information.
In addition, we are also interested in the flip side of forgetting – that is, what makes memories stronger, and the theoretical mechanisms producing strong memories. Amongst the topics of interest are the enactment effect, and the spacing/testing effects. Current studies also explore the isolation effect, and the role of similarity/reminding in memory.
Finally, our general interest in episodic context and its role in remembering and forgetting led us to explore the relationship between memory and time estimation. We are interested in both prospective timing (e.g., estimating the time in passing as in time-based prospective memory tasks) and in retrospective timing (e.g., looking back after the task has ended and estimating how much time has passed).