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Timothy Ricker
Position: Assistant Professor
Campus Affiliation: College of Staten Island|Graduate Center
Phone: 718-982-3786
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D., University of Missouri
Training Area: Cognitive and Comparative Psychology (CCP)
Research Interests: My research investigates how information within the working memory system is maintained, forgotten, and how it influences decision-making. Working memory is the information kept active for use in ongoing tasks. This form of memory has been found to influence performance in a wide variety of cognitive processes, giving it a central role in cognition.
In the Memory and Decision Making Laboratory our research uses behavioral experimentation, mathematical process modeling, and Bayesian estimation to explore human cognition. I think of the brain not as a set of independent systems cordoned off from one another, but rather as an integrated set of mechanisms that can each be used, or not, as needed in any task. In my laboratory we try to tease apart the influences of attention, perception, strategy use, and other basic cognitive processes in working memory and decision-making performance.