In the Human Learning and Memory Lab, we study the
following topics, using both experiments with human participants and
computer simulations of human thought processes, with the goals of
promoting theoretical understanding of these processes and applying
our research in such fields as education and the law:
- False memory: Mistakenly remembering something
that did not happen, or that did happen, but not as remembered.
- Forgetting: Intentional forgetting (when we
want to forget) and unintentional forgetting (when we don't want
- Metamemory: Insight into the workings and
contents of one's own memory, such as judging how well one has
learned particular information.
- Memory enhancement techniques: Introducing
"desirable difficulties" into the learning process, which makes
learning more difficult in the short run, but improves memory
in the long run.
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