Although humans encounter countless novel experiences, many of these are not retained. Our research focuses on behavioural and neural factors associated with how we form and retain autobiographical memories. We are particularly interested in the effects of emotion on memory. A branch of this research explores how memory varies across individuals. We approach this topic in a multifaceted manner, combining behavioral research with structural and functional neuroimaging.
We are also interested in the adaptive value of memory. Remembering our past does not just service memory in its own right, it is also critical to our ability to predict and make decisions about future outcomes. We are currently seeking to better understand the cognitive and neural mechanisms by which memory may influence non-mnemonic functions, with a primary focus on imagination and decision making.
Though our collaborations, we explore how memory is altered in special populations, including patients with amnesia secondary to medial temporal lobe damage as well as patients with PTSD.