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From left to right: Zhangfan(Frank) Shen, Ven Popov, Lynne Reder, Xiaonan Liu, Ya (Katie) Zhang, Xing Xiao

Memory is at the heart of virtually all other psychological processes and behaviors. The research in our lab focuses on furthering our understanding of how information is acquired and retrieved for use in different situations, using a variety of methodologies. These include computational modeling, behavioral studies that measure accuracy and latency, psychopharmacological interventions (using midazolam that create temporary anterograde amnesia), neuroimaging (both EEG and fMRI).

We use midazolam to help answer basic questions about the nature of memory processes and as a model of amnesia, aging and dementia.

We have developed computational models of the effect of midazolam on memory, aging on memory, interference on memory, etc.

Examples of on-going projects in the lab:
- Developing and testing models of the relationship between working memory and encoding and language acquisition
- Conducting an ERP study of rapid feeling of knowing
- Using fMRI to explore the impact of midazolam on paired-associate learning
- Exploring the limits of the picture superiority effect
- Examining ERP of the other race effect
- Examining the role of contextual fan on recognition and recollection