Learn more about how our memories are able to discriminate between highly similar stimuli. Get hands-on experience in research by running participants through computer-based memory experiments.
The goal of this project is to investigate factors that affect human episodic memory, especially memory for highly overlapping stimuli. A key component of episodic memory is the ability to discriminate between very similar stimuli which may occur across different memory episodes. It is thought that our brains (specifically the hippocampus and surrounding cortices) perform this discrimination through a process called "pattern separation." Pattern separation orthogonalizes similar stimuli and reduces the interference between these memories. Our research involves testing pattern separation performance in participants via computer-based memory experiments.
The specific outcomes of this project will be identified by the faculty mentor at the beginning of your collaboration.
|Length of commitment||About a semester (3-5 months)|
|Start time||Fall, Spring|
|Level of collaboration||Small group project (2-3 students)|
|Who is eligible||All undergraduate students. Completion of PSY350 is preferred. MatLab experience is a plus, but not required.|
Students participating in this project might be interested in and eligible for the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Connect with the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships to learn more.
If you are planning to use this project to satisfy program requirements for your academic major or minor, it is your responsibility to obtain approval from your academic department prior to beginning the project.
Once you begin the digital badge series, you will have access to all the necessary activities and instructions. Your mentor has indicated they would like you to also complete the specific preparation activities below. Please reference this when you get to Step 2 of the Preparation Phase.