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How does the brain transform experiences into memories,

and how does memory influence experience?

We study how attention and perception affect what we remember, and

how memory can in turn guide our attention, perception, and goal-directed behavior. 

the latest news

What makes an image memorable?

Congratulations to Chey for their new preprint investigating the relationship between how an image makes us feel and how memorable it is. Check out the preprint on our Publications page!

How do we balance paying attention to the external world around us

vs. our internal thoughts and memories?

Congratulations to Craig for his new paper (in The Journal of Neuroscience) 

investigating how hippocampal networks switch between these modes.

Check it out on our Publications page!

How do dynamic threats affect our ability to navigate efficiently?

Congratulations to Brian for his new paper (in Motivation and Emotion) showing that dynamic threats hurt the ability to take flexible and novel detours when unexpected obstacles are encountered. Find the paper on our Publications page!

How do trivia experts get to be so good at trivia?

They might use episodic memory to reach obscure semantic facts! Congrats to Monica and Lauren on their new preprint – check it out under our Publications tab.

The paper even features some insights from Ken Jennings!

Two new doctors in the house!

Congrats to the first two PhDs from the lab,

Dr. Michael Cohanpour and Dr. Hannah Tarder-Stoll!!

How does the brain help us predict the future?

Congrats to Hannah on her innovative new study showing that the brain hierarchically represents both the past and the future during anticipation. 

Check out the Publications page to read the preprint!

How do our predictions change over days and weeks?

Congrats to Hannah on her exciting preprint exploring how multistep anticipation is

transformed over periods of memory consolidation! 

You can find the preprint on our Publications page.

our philosophy

We like to do good science and have fun. At the same time, but also separately.

We are strongly committed to providing a positive, supportive lab environment.

To learn more, read our lab manual.

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