Research

RATS AND RECONSOLIDATION

Researchers in our rat lab use tasks that require rats to dig for buried sweet cereal rewards (i.e., Froot Loops cereal). We employ pharmacological agents (e.g., protein synthesis inhibitors and beta-adrenergic receptor antagonists) to disrupt (re)consolidation and retrieval of memory.

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DECLARATIVE MEMORY AND DISTRACTION

Researchers in our human memory lab employ virtual reality as a means to create declarative (conscious) memory (i.e., episodic and semantic memory), as well as nondeclarative (nonconscious) memory (e.g., physiological responses).  We examine a variety of visuospatial, tactile, and meditation-based methods for interrupting (re)consolidation. The ultimate goal of our lab is to apply our work to aspects of treatment for memory-based forms of human psychopathology (e.g., anxiety and anxiety).

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