I am a member of the Department of Psychology at The Ohio State University with a summer teaching appointment at Vanderbilt University since 2012. I received my B.A. from Purdue University in 2004 and my Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in 2009. While at Iowa I primarily worked with Andrew Hollingworth, while also collaborating with Shaun Vecera and Steve Luck. From 2008-2010 I taught at the Ohio State University, Marion after which I spent five years at Manchester University where I was granted tenure and promotion in May 2015. I then spent a year at Tennessee State University as an Associate Professor before joining the faculty at The Ohio State University.
In 2014 Geoff Woodman and I established a paradigm measuring recognition-induced forgetting. Recognition-induced forgetting occurs when practice recognizing an object, from a group of objects learned at the same time, leads to worse memory for objects from that group that were not practiced. This forgetting effect is commonly accompanied by improved memory for practiced objects. Work in my lab has shown that recognition-induced forgetting is not an artifact of category-based set size. Our developmental work has shown that this forgetting effect comes online by 6 years of age without a memory benefit for practiced objects until 9 years of age. Further, the forgetting appears to remain robust with healthy aging in samples of older adults, without the benefit for practiced objects shown in young adults but accompanied by a decrease in intrusion errors.
We are currently applying behavioral, transcranial direct-current stimulation, and electrophysiological techniques to the recognition-induced forgetting paradigm to understand how this forgetting phenomenon operates on a variety of stimuli and applied settings, such as temporally clustered objects, memory for logos in an applied setting, and the effect of difficult intervening tasks on forgetting. Advantages of this paradigm include that it is possible to test memory of young children using visual objects before they can read, it allows for testing of multiple types of stimuli, and it can be used with animal models.
My research program currently includes collaborations with students and faculty at Vanderbilt University, Manchester University, Ball State University, Tennessee State University, and the University of L’Aquila, Italy. Inspired by the excellent mentorship I have received from many wonderfully supportive and astoundingly intelligent professors, advisors and collaborators, I welcome new students into my lab regularly.