Memory and Executive Function Lab
The Memory and Executive Function Lab conducts research in the areas of memory, executive functioning, and cognitive rehabilitation. Recent work has focused on prospective memory (i.e., remembering to do something in the future), in particular, attempting to identify the cognitive mechanisms underlying prospective memory and to develop strategies to improve it. Future work in this area will be conducted with older adults and individuals with brain injury, among other populations.
In addition to prospective memory, we are also interested in exploring prospection more generally, that is, looking toward or imagining future scenarios. Some of the questions we seek to address include: How do we benefit from engaging in prospection? Can strategies be developed to improve prospection? And, how does prospection relate to memory, behavioral inhibition, and hope and optimism?