Welcome to the Memory and Cognition Laboratory in the Psychology Department and Neuroscience Center at Brigham Young University.
We study the brain mechanisms that allow you to form and retain memories for everyday events. This includes big events like your wedding or your 6th birthday as well as more mundane information like where you parked your car or what the word "doughnut" means. One question that occupies much of our time is "What information will we forget, and why?" To address this and other questions, we use a number of methods, including neuropsychological studies with memory-impaired patients, behavioral studies with healthy adults, and functional neuroimaging (fMRI) experiments. Our fMRI experiments are conducted at the new MRI Research Facility on the BYU campus.
Please contact Dr. Kirwan at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in participating in an experiment or if you have any questions about the research.