The Memory Group's main strengths are in the relations between the perceptual encoding and retrieval of information, and in the maintenance of information over the short-term, with particular expertise in short-term and working memory. Work from the group has examined the links between these aspects of memory function and other domains such as language knowledge and timing. The group has considerable expertise in the computational modelling of human memory.
Some of the topics and questions the group are interested in:
Language and memory
- How does the meaning of sentences help us to remember them?
- How do the sequential statistics of natural language help us to remember information?
- Is learning new words supported by short-term memory, and how is this learning affected by developmental disorders?
- How do we remember useful information in distracting situations?
- Do we forget because information fades away, or because it is interfered with by more recent information?
- Are there separate systems for remembering information over brief periods (seconds) and longer time periods?
- Why is working memory such a good predictor of academic ability in children and adults?
Memory and perception
- How does our memory for objects depend on the unfolding of perception of those objects over time?
- How do we learn about the visual statistics of the world, and use that information to guide future action?
The Memory Group is part of the Cognitive Processes research group.