McDermott MEMORY & COGNITION LAB

About Us

We are interested in human memory and its many manifestations and interactions with other cognitive systems. A sample of current research programs includes:

  1. Episodic future thought and its relation to remembering. We as humans are facile at recollecting the past and envisioning plausible, specific future scenarios. Recent work in our lab and elsewhere has shown the neural substrates of the two capacities to be highly similar. A full understanding of memory retrieval will need to incorporate the relation between these two fundamental capacities.
  2. Taking a test on newly-learned information helps solidify later memory for that information. Why? Ongoing behavioral and neuroimaging projects are informing this important question.