In general, our research focuses on human memory, attention, metacognition, and cognitive aging. This includes the strategic control over memory and attentional processes, how value influences memory and metamemory, expertise, visual attention, memory for numerical information, neuropsychological and behavioral models of memory and aging, eyewitness memory, metacognition and decision making, and how various memory disorders influence performance. In addition, we are interested in many applied aspects of learning, memory and cognitive aging.
The memory and lifespan cognition lab uses a variety of methodologies (including laboratory-based tasks, naturalistic observation studies, and structured interviews) to gain a better understanding of how memory and attention change across the lifespan. Currently, our research examines how goals can motivate and improve memory in older adults, through the strategic focus on selectively remembering both objectively and subjectively important information. Our research is supported by the National Institute on Aging.