Memory Lab memories

Based at the Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge, our research investigates the cognitive and brain mechanisms of human memory, focusing particularly on the subjective experience of remembering and how we use mental experiences to make sense of the world.

This work involves inter-relating cognitive hypotheses with evidence from functional neuroimaging of healthy volunteers and from examining the effects of neurological and psychiatric disorders, and normal aging, on memory abilities. We then work to realise the impact of our research by translating the findings into training interventions that can help older adults and others to apply effective encoding and retrieval strategies in everyday life to enhance independence and wellbeing. Research in the laboratory uses a number of methods, including behavioural measures, computational modelling, functional and structural neuroimaging (fMRI/sMRI), electrophysiology (EEG/MEG), and brain stimulation (TMS/tDCS).

Our research has been funded by support from UKRI (BBSRC, ESRC, and MRC) and from a number of charitable organisations (Isaac Newton Trust, James S. McDonnell Foundation, Leverhulme Trust, Mental Health Research UK, Rosetrees Trust, and Wellcome Trust).

To find out more about our work, please use the links on the left of the page.