Weather Channel Documentary About Hot Car Deaths

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Fantastic group of individuals putting in the effort to understand and reduce hot car deaths.

This past week representatives from came to Arizona State University and interviewed several researchers that study various aspects of hot car deaths for an upcoming documentary.  Our laboratory researches cognitive failures leading to prospective memory errors.  Prospective memory is defined as one’s ability to remember to complete intentions in the future.  Many hot car death situations involve a parent or caretaker having a prospective memory failure and forgetting their child.  Therefore, understanding the nature of these failures can help avoid tragedies and save lives.  Nice work team!

Also , check out the incredible work on this topic from Jennifer Vanos in our School of Sustainability.  Jennifer studies heat and how it affects the human body.


Graduation Day!

With the closing of another great academic year we want to take a moment to say congratulations and highlight some of our graduating honor students. The three students we seek to honor are Aaron Cohen (second from left), Mohitha Obulasetty (right), and Krysten Sullivan (second from right).

Aaron’s honors thesis examined how motivation influences problem solving accuracy and metacognitive monitoring and control processes during problem solving.

Mohitha’s honors thesis examined how binaural beats augment sustained attention.  Mohitha’s thesis was the first preregistered honors thesis from the MACLab!

Krysten’s honors thesis examined how different confidence scales impacts recognition memory decision-making using signal detection parameters d’ and c.

Coming soon to a broadcast near you

Last week local evening news reporter and weather anchor Kristy Siefkin visited the Memory and Attention Control Laboratory to talk with Gene Brewer about the Mandela Effect.

This post will be updated with the video segment after it airs, but in the meantime here are Kristy and Brian Kae of Fox 10 news wearing our new 256-electrode EGI caps.

Update 7/27/2017: The segment aired on 7/24/2017 and here is a link to view the segment and write-up.


Newest Publication and Data set

With the most recent publication from the MAC Lab, we wanted to quickly post access to the data from the article. Below are a link to a pdf of the publication and an Open Science Framework link containing the data and tasks used in the experiment.

Brewer, G. A., Lau, K. K. H, Winger, K. M., Ball, B. H., & Blais, C. (2017) Examining depletion theories under conditions of within-task transfer. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 146(7), 988-1008.

Open Science Framework

Psychonomics 2016

For those who missed our posters at Psychonomics or wanted a copy for themself, here they are.

Blais – On the unconscious context-specific proportion congruency effect: The role of facilitation and interference

Elliott – The effects of divided attention at encoding on value-directed recognition memory

Ellis – Recognition memory of visual, audio & written dialogue in film

Pitaes – Acute pain disrupts prospective memory

Thank you to everyone who swung by and took the time to talk with us.

Summer Happenings

As the Summer semester draws to a close, we wanted to take a moment to highlight our intern Rohan Tripathi. Rohan, a local high school student, spent the summer working with us on a variety of projects and presented findings at the Banner Sun Research Institute Intern poster session.

To read his full story follow this link.






Rohan Tripathi (left), Gene Brewer (middle), & Derek Ellis (right)

New Paper & New Data

Hi Everyone,

Just popping in to post a recent publication from the MAClab and announce our first set of openly available data.

The recent paper, Brewer, Ball, & Ware, 2016, can be found by clicking the link and is being printed in the Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition.

Additionally, the data that we are making available is from Ball, Klein, & Brewer, 2014. In the future we plan on making as much of our data freely available through this website. Click this link to access the data or jump to our data page to access it.

Night of the Open Door

This video is a bit late to the party, but after much trial and error we have a product we would like to distribute.

Once a year Arizona State University hosts Night of the Open Door. This event is setup as a public outreach event that allows people to tour the campus and see the various projects that researchers, students, and staff are working on.

This is our second time participating in the event and we wanted to come up with a way to teach people about memory research. After some brain storming we thought a fun way to do so would be to show off virtual reality based research and do a real-time graphing demonstration.

The video will explain some of the details of the event and the task used. It will also explain how we created the graphs and captured the video. Ultimately, this video may be updated over time but we wanted to share it with everyone before the opportunity passed.

A big thanks to our RAs Thomas Poniatowski, Shuangting Li, Jen Jondac, Wen Yu, Nowed Patwary, and Alex Pruneda. A special thanks to Kimberly Wingert for organizing setup and breakdown. A big tip of the hat to Derek Ellis for his technical support and work on the video. Lastly, a thanks to ASU for hosting the event and allowing us to take part.