Psychonomics 2018: New Orleans, LA

Another annual Psychonomics Society meeting has come and gone. This years event took place in New Orleans, Lousiana from November 15-18th. Blake Elliott presented a poster about value directed encoding and retrieval. His poster was nominated for and won APA Division 3’s Poster Contest. Post-doc Matthew Robison and graduate student Derek Ellis both presented posters. Lab alum, and graduate students, Peter Whitehead (Duke) and Anne Vogel (University of Mississippi) shared posters as well. Lastly, Hunter Ball (University of Texas: Arlington) helped close out Psychonomics with by giving a talk about his recent work on prospective memory.

Blake E Psychonomics 2018 Poster

Derek E Psychonomics 2018 Poster

Matthew R Psychonomics 2018 Poster

Anne V Psychonomics 2018 Poster

Peter W Psychonomics 2018 Poster

Hunter B Psychonomics 2018 Talk

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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.

 

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.

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

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.

Cognitive Neuroscience Society

This coming weekend members of the MAClab will be attending and presenting at Cognitive Neuroscience Society’s (2016) Annual Meeting in New York. Presenters will be Chris Blais (Research Faculty) and Blake Elliott (Undergraduate and future Fall 2016 graduate student). Gene Brewer, Director of the MAClab, will also be in attendance, so make sure to swing by and check out their posters. For those who cannot attend the posters they will be presenting are attached below.

Blais: CNS_Poster1

Elliott: CNS_Poster2

ASU-BNI

Today members of the MAClab attended Arizona State University’s Barrow Neurological Institute 6th Annual Research Symposium. Here are a few photos of RAs during the poster session.

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Posters Galore

The annual Psychonomic’s Society meeting was held in Chicago a few weeks ago and we wanted to present everyone with access to our posters. The posters encompass several different projects that the lab has been working on.

Kimberly M. Wingert, B. Hunter Ball, Chris Blais, & Gene A. Brewer
Negative Arousing Images Impair Working Memory Encoding

Chris Blais, Peter S. Whitehead, & Gene A. Brewer
Is Cognitive Control Unreliable? When Means are not Enough

Derek Ellis, Chris Blais, & Gene A. Brewer (not shown at Psychonomics)
Video Games and Working Memory