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Research on the Cognitive Neuroscience of Memory

  • How and where memory occurs in the brain, particularly memory acquired through practice
  • How experience shapes action, perception and thought through pervasive mechanisms of plasticity throughout the human brain
    • Implicit and explicit memory contributions to perceptual-motor skill learning
    • Implicit and explicit memory in visual category learning
  • How general cognitive ability can be improved through cognitive practice
    • Repetitive training of working memory span to improve cognition
    • For both younger adults and to remediate age-related cognitive decline

 

Current Projects

  • Perceptual-motor skill learning using the SISL task
  • Working memory training using the SeVi-WM task
  • Using computational modeling and functional neuroimaging to study interactions among the brain’s memory systems
  • Investigating memory system interactions and intuitive decision making using visual category learning.

Check the Presentations link on the right side bar to see the most recent ideas and reports as presented as posters and talks at recent conferences.

Interested in Participating in Research?

 

Contact Information
309 Cresap Laboratory
Department of Psychology
Northwestern University
Phone: (847) 467-5779
Mailing Address
Reber Laboratory
Northwestern University
2029 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60201

 

Answers to some semi-frequently asked questions about memory

Hello, We are working on a group speech for a school project and need to reach out to an expert in the field of psychology. We have a few questions about the topic of brain capacity and we would greatly appreciate it if you would take a look at them and get back to us. …

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Saying farewell to Dr. Cohen

Picture after last lab lunch with Dr. Cohen before he moves on to UPenn

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Recreational lockpicking

On the theme of demonstrations of exceptional skills via youtube, I recently ran across the channel of the LockPickingLawyer (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCm9K6rby98W8JigLoZOh6FQ/about). He posts videos of picking various kinds of locks together with evaluations on how effective the locks are as security devices. I found this to be highly interesting for a variety of reasons. First, this …

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Implicit Comics

Many people have emailed me the following comic: https://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/conscious Yes, I appreciate it.  No, I didn’t have anything to do with the author/artist. Happy New Year! P.S. I wish I could embed it more directly here, but I don’t want to deprive the author of links/traffic. It’s about implicit memory.

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