No one likes it, but it happens to the best of us—thatfrustrating feeling of trying to remember something you knowthat
you knew at one time, but which now inexplicably eludes you. From
older adults lamenting another “senior moment” to students stumped on a
final exam, memory failures are an unwelcome but woefully familiar
experience for everyone. Our research has focused on trying to
understand how some of these failures occur and how we can improve our
chances of avoiding them in the future.
use behavioral techniques to explore
episodic memory formation and retrieval in healthy younger and older
adults. In manipulations of memory formation (encoding) and retrieval,
we have used a variety of materials (word fragment completion, paired
associates, face-name pairs, and foreign language vocabulary words) to
explore how basic principles of cognition can be applied to improving
learning and retention in younger and older adults.