The Cognition group has particular strengths in human memory, metamemory, and attention.
Dr. Hourihan studies human memory, focusing on what we know about our memories (metamemory), and what we forget in addition to what we remember. She examines factors that influence memory and metamemory accuracy, including stimulus characteristics, situational variables, and individual differences in cognitive abilities, with the ultimate goal of facilitating educational learning via improved metacognition.
Drs. Neath and Surprenant run the Cognitive Aging and Memory Lab, which conducts pure and applied research on memory in adults across the lifespan. Current work includes studying basic memory processes in younger adults, examining the extent to which perceptual deficits contribute to memory decrements in healthy older adults, and developing and assessing simulation models of the resulting data. Funding is provided by both NSERC and CFI.