Dr. Fergus Craik
Attention and Memory Laboratory
The Craik Lab studies age-related changes in memory and attention; we also study the basic mechanisms of these processes, mostly by behavioural experiments, but also using such neuroimaging techniques as positron emission tomography (PET) and functional magnetic resonance neuroimaging (fMRI). One of our research projects represents our continued interest in the effects of divided attention on older and younger adults. Typically, we have participants perform two tasks at the same time, such as a memory task and a visual tracking task. By looking at people's performances on these two tasks, we can determine what affects their memory abilities and see how these processes change with age. Along these lines, we are also investigating the effects of divided attention on memory when people can elaborate or rehearse the information. Another research program is focused on the tendency of people to recall items that were not actually presented, but were expected or likely in the context. Such "false memories" increase with age, and we are examining the factors that affect such errors, partly with an attempt to seeing how they may be reduced.
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