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Junior research group Neuro-Cognitive Psychology at Trier University
Jun.-Prof. Dr. Siri-Maria Kamp
Without our memory we would not have an identity; we wouldn't be who we are. We therefore tend to clearly notice situations in which our memory or the memory capacity of those surrounding us, changes – especially, when memory appears to worsen.
The research group “Neurocognitive Psychology” examines these processes: How do we memorize new information? Why are some types of information - for example information that is of emotional relevance to us - easier to retrieve from memory than others? What changes in the neurocognitive basis of memory and our ability to monitor our own memory when we age? And why and how does our memory change when we are under stress?
Building on these basic research questions, our group investigates whether there are specific actions one can take to protect our memory against such challenging impacts. Can specific activities across the lifespan contribute to a “healthy” aging of our memory function in old age? Do specific types of learning help us to optimally retrieve study material during an important exam? And what factors contribute to our ability to accurately judge our own memory capacity?
Our group uses psychophysiological measures (for example event-related potentials, eye gaze, and pupil size), which are for example recorded during a learning task. Activity patterns are identified that are elicited by stimuli that are successfully retrieved in a subsequent episodic memory test. This allows us to investigate the mechanisms that form the basis of episodic encoding when different types of information are learned. Furthermore, we look at changes in these mechanisms under special circumstances and in different groups of participants.