Welcome to the Memory Dynamics Laboratory website!
We are interested in the malleability of memory – the cognitive processes and mechanisms that cause memories to change or remain stable over time. Our research focuses on how the process of retrieving memories affects the content (e.g., events, specific details, narrative structure, etc.) and phenomenological characteristics (e.g., confidence, emotional intensity, vividness, etc.) of those memories. Under this broad umbrella, we study a variety of different topics and phenomena, including higher-order learning, error-correction / knowledge revision, self-regulated learning, the interplay between learning and motivation, the impact of technology on learning, autobiographical memory, and collective memory. Our research addresses both theoretical issues in psychological science and practical applications to education (as well as other applied areas). We utilize many different approaches for asking the questions in our research (quantitative, qualitative, experimental, longitudinal, etc.) and collect data in a variety of different contexts (laboratory, classroom, online / technology, etc.).
We will be considering applications from prospective doctoral students to start in Fall 2023.