“Individual Differences in Learning Efficiency” – SAGE Center Lecture by Kathleen McDermott

Monday, January 22, 2018
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM


Free Event

Kathleen McDermott is Professor of Psychological & Brain Sciences and Director of the Memory & Cognition Laboratory at Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. McDermott received her Ph.D. from Rice University in 1996. After a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Washington University School of Medicine, she became a ladder faculty member in Psychology. Dr. McDermott investigates human memory encoding and retrieval and how they interact. Her research uses both behavioral and functional neuroimaging (fMRI) techniques. Ongoing projects include explorations into individual differences in learning abilities; how memory is used to envision future events; why attempting to retrieve recently-experienced information enables the learner to gain more from a subsequent learning episode; and the contribution of regions within parietal cortex to encoding and retrieval. The American Psychological Foundation and APA’s Science Directorate awarded McDermott the 2004-2005 F. J. McGuigan Young Investigator Prize. She is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and the Society of Experimental Psychologists. She is Associate Editor for Psychological Science.  In February 2017 her work was featured in the PBS NOVA special “Memory Hackers.”