Research conducted in the Hannula lab is designed to examine the cognitive processes and neural substrates of human memory. The Hannula lab is especially interested in distinguishing among different types of memory representations (e.g., item-based memory representations, relational memory representations) and characterizing their dependence on anatomically distinct medial temporal lobe structures. For example, the lab is actively engaged in addressing questions about whether, and under what circumstances, the role of the hippocampus might be extended beyond its accepted contribution to long-term declarative (i.e., consciously accessible) memory. The lab also is interested in the time-course of memory retrieval processes and the sensitivity of eye movement measures to memory for items and memory for inter-item relationships. Recent work also examines the cognitive processes and neural substrates of memory-attention interactions. The Hannula lab's approach combines eye tracking, neuroimaging (fMRI), and neuropsychological methods to examine these issues.
More information can be found at the Hannula Lab's external page.
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