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(i) RESEARCH INTERESTS
I am primarily interested in the involuntary forms of memory and cognition such as prospective memory (i.e., remembering to carry out one's future intentions), involuntary autobiographical memories and involuntary semantic memories or mind-popping. Research on prospective memory involves both internal and external collaborations and addresses such issues as the development of prospective memory in children (in collaboration with David Messer from the Open University), the effects of ageing on prospective memory (in collaboration with Diana Kornbrot at the University of Hertfordshire), and the neuropsychology of prospective memory (a collaboration on Vietnam Head Injury Study (Phase III) with Jordan Grafman at the National Institute of Health in Maryland).
Research on involuntary autobiographical memory focuses on different mechanisms that may be involved in voluntary and involuntary forms of autobiographical memory as well as the development and testing a new method of inducing involuntary autobiographical memories in the laboratory (in collaboration with Joerg Schulz at the University of Hertfordshire). Recently I have also taken up a new line of research on so called involuntary semantic memories or mind-popping which refer to involuntary conscious occurrence of brief items of one's semantic knowledge (e.g., a single word, a name or a familiar tune). At this early stage, research on mind-popping involves naturalistic methods and examines the nature and possible underlying mechanisms of involuntary semantic memories (in collaboration with George Mandler from the University of California, san Diego).
Other research interests comprise a wide range of topics as, for example, flashbulb memories of September 11 and the death of Princess Diana (in collaboration with Diana Kornbrot), thought suppression in schizophrenia (in collaboration with Keith Laws from Hertfordshire University) and mental control and positivity effect in older adults (in collaboration with James Erskine from Hertfordshire University).
(ii) BRIEF CV
(b) Conference presentations
(v) CONFERENCES and SYMPOSIA
(1) Convened a Symposium on the Development of Prospective and Retrospective Memory at the BPS Annual Developmental Section Conference in September 1998 (University of Lancaster, UK).
(2) Together with Judi Ellis from the University of Reading organised the 1st International Conference on Prospective Memory held at the University of Hertfordshire (Hatfield Campus) on 17-19 July, 2000.
(3) Convened two Symposia at the 3rd International Conference on Memory, 16-20 July, 2001, Valencia (Spain).
(4) Convened a Symposium on Prospective Memory at the BPS Annual Cognitive Section Conference in September 2009 (University of Hertfordshire, UK)
(5) Convened a Symposium on Involuntary Memories at the BPS Annual Cognitive Section Conference in September 2009 (University of Hertfordshire, UK)