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.

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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


Variability in inter-cue timing slows implicit motor sequence learning

SfN Poster FINAL   SfN 2018 Abstract Control Number:  9465 Abstract Title: Variability in inter-cue timing slows implicit motor sequence learning Session Title: Human Cognition and Behavior: Motor Learning and Memory Session Number: 247 Session Time:  11/4/2018 1:00:00 PM –  11/4/2018 5:00:00 PM Presentation Number: 247.18 Presentation Time: Sun, Nov. 4, 2018, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Posterboard Number: HHH8 *K. D. SCHMIDT1, …

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Lessons Learned on Scientific Field Work in Esports

Scene: Mandalay Bay Esports Stadium, a 12,000-seat arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Two young men sip water and wipe their sweaty hands as they wait for a cue that it’s time to perform for the filled stadium seats and the two hundred thousand viewers online. Digital versions of themselves pose in sponsored gear on loop …

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Implicit/Machine learning gender bias

I ran across a headline recently “Amazon scraps secret AI recruiting tool that showed bias against women” that I realized provides a nice example of a few points we’ve been discussing in the lab. First, I have found myself describing on a few recent occasions that it is reasonable to think of implicit learning (IL) …

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Real-World Adventures in Science, part 1: Aconcagua

[In the lab, studies of decision-making are done with highly artificial tasks in tightly controlled situations (is this sine-wave grating an A or a B?).  However, our theory of how multiple memory systems contribute to decision making is supposed to apply to complex, real-world, high-leverage decision making.  Getting data on how well that works means …

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