I am a postdoctoral scholar in Dr. Maureen Ritchey’s Memory Modulation Lab at Boston College. I joined BC in June 2017 after completing my PhD at the University of Cambridge with Dr. Jon Simons.
My research investigates our ability to build and reconstruct detailed mental images of previously experienced events. For example, while sitting at home in Boston, I can vividly picture my travels to New Zealand, reinstating many of the visual details, sounds, and emotions I experienced at different locations. I can mentally travel back in time and ‘see’ these events incredibly clearly, but they are completely dissociated from my current physical surroundings. This phenomenon is known as episodic memory and is fundamental for many of our social and cognitive abilities: it is how we navigate our environment, simulate what will happen in the future, and forge social relationships.
My doctoral research explored the cognitive neuroscience of episodic memory in autistic adults. My postdoctoral research is focused on increasing our understanding of exactly how the brain forms and reconstructs the rich detail of episodic memories: how are different types of details integrated and reinstated as a coherent mental image? And how are memories transformed over time?
Other than memory and brains, my interests include hiking, kayaking, skiing, tennis, netball, and generally being outdoors!