- Assistant Professor, Psychology
- working memory, the causes of forgetting, decision making, and the relationship between working memory and higher-order cognitive behavior
- Ph.D., University of Missouri
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.