Memory

The memory group studies various areas of memory including

  • working/immediate memory
  • long-term (episodic) memory
  • computational modelling of memory and decision-making processes
  • self-referential memory effects in children
  • memory-related deficits in children at risk of developmental disorders
  • learning and memory in an educational setting

Congratulations to Meg Attwood and Chris Jarrold for their recent grant award from the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute. The title of the grant is "Investigating the impact of a global pandemic (COVID-19) on adolescent anxiety and cognitive function

Investigating the impact of a global pandemic (COVID-19) on adolescent anxiety and cognitive function

COVID-19 has caused unprecedented disruption to young peoples’ education, social interaction and daily routine. Anxiety is associated with a range of difficulties including problems with concentration, problem solving and memory, which negatively impact academic achievement. The aim of this study is to assess the impact of lockdown on the psychological wellbeing and cognitive function of older adolescents. Study findings will identify the wider implications of lockdown for this age group and inform targeted intervention for vulnerable young people.

Other recent research highlights of the group include the following:

  • People find it hard to update information about climate change when previously misinformed
  • Applying a self-referential encoding to improve children's engagement and attainment in spelling performance

A selection of recent funding grants:

  • Volkswagen Foundation, Germany (2019) Controlling the Jekyll and Hyde of Artificial-Intelligence Assisted Information Architectures: Accepting Customization while Resisting micro-targeted Manipulation. Hertwig, Stephan Lewandowsky, Tina Eliassi-Rad, Stefan Herzog, Awais Rashid, €148,000, 
  • Australian Research Council (Discovery Grant, 2016-2019). The Psychology of Misinformation—Towards A Theory-driven Understanding. (Ullrich Ecker [CI], Stephan Lewandowsky, Gordon Brown). A$440,000
  • Natural Environment Research Council (UK, 2016-2019). Resilient Economy and Society by Integrated SysTems modelling (RESIST). Dawei Han, [CI], Katsu Goda, Liz Holcombe, Stephan Lewandowsky, Xiaojun Wang, Mike Yearworth, £662,000
  • Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats (CREST; funded by ESRC, 2019-2020). Inoculating against the spread of Islamophobic and extremist Islamist disinformation. Stephan Lewandowsky, £124,000
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