Campus Box 1125
Professor McDermott investigates human memory encoding and retrieval and how the two interact. Her research uses both behavioral (traditional psychological) and functional neuroimaging (specifically, fMRI) techniques. Ongoing projects include explorations of how memory is used to think about upcoming events (i.e., to simulate future episodes); why attempting to remember recently-experienced information enables the learner to gain more from a subsequent encoding episode than they otherwise would learn; and the contribution of regions within parietal cortex to encoding and retrieval.
Arnold, K. M., & McDermott, K. B. (2012, July 9). Test-Potentiated Learning: Distinguishing Between Direct and Indirect Effects of Tests. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1037/a0029199
Arnold, K. M., K. B. McDermott, et al. (2011). "Imagining the near and far future: The role of location familiarity." Memory & Cognition 39: 954-967.
McDermott, K. B., K. K. Szpunar, et al. (2009). "Laboratory-based and autobiographical retrieval tasks differ substantially in their neural substrates." Neuropsychologia, 47, 2290-2298.
Szpunar, K. K., J. C. K. Chan, et al. (2009). "Contextual processing in episodic future thought." Cerebral Cortex, 19, 1539-1548.
Szpunar, K. K., J. M. Watson, et al. (2007). "Neural substrates of envisioning the future." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 104, 642-647.
- Human Learning and Memory
- First Year Graduate Seminar