Our Students in Action

Elizabeth Graham

Aging and Memory

Liz Graham is presently involved with studies that are looking at memory for emotion, reading, and attentional blindness, in which the primary variable of interest is age. The goal of this research is to increase understanding of how aging affects memory and language. Much of the previous research Liz has been involved with is on word retrieval failures, specifically "tip-of-the-tongue" experiences. A more recent line of inquiry investigates the effects of emotional material on attention and memory, how this may or may not change with aging, and what these results mean in light of current theories about cognitive aging. Some of the other projects in the lab include looking at the impact of distraction during a reading task, and how aging may affect the phenomenon of attentional blindness.