Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
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My main research interest has been in long-term memory, especially for complex (or "real-world") stimuli. This work includes the study of autobiographical memory and oral traditions, as well as prose. I have also studied memory as it is more commonly done in experimental psychology laboratories using lists. In addition to this purely behavioral research, which I plan to continue, I work on memory in clinical populations with the aid of a National Institute of Mental Health grant to study PTSD and on the underlying neural basis of memory the aid of a National Institute of Aging grant to study autobiographical memory using fMRI.
I graduated in 2010 from Bucknell University with a B.S. in Neuroscience with a concentration on Cognitive Neuroscience. While there, I worked with Dr. Andrea Halpern on musical memory. Currently, I have an interest in the recall of self-defining memories in relation to identity and our different selves. I am also exploring how different memory processes distort our life narratives and autobiographical memories away from the actual reality of how events occurred.
I am a graduate of the University of California, San Diego. Since then, I have worked an project correlating alcohol use disorder risks and brain activity. Currently I am interested in the neural correlates of PTSD and the ways in which trauma memories affect PTSD symptoms.