My work focuses on how control mechanisms shape what we remember. In particular, I'm interested in how disrupted retrieval control relates to dysfunctional autobiographical memory tendencies in mental health disorders such as depression. I am examining whether these processes can be targeted to improve the efficacy of psychological therapies such as CBT.
Another aspect of my work focuses on the role of disrupted retrieval control in dissociative (psychogenic) amnesia, a rare memory disorder involving extensive loss of personal memory. My work combines functional and structural neuroimaging, neuropsychological assessment, cognitive tasks and qualitative interview methods to explore the neurocognitive mechanisms underlying the memory loss.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)