rebekah smith
Rebekah Smith

UTSA psychologist Rebekah Smith awarded $1 million for memory research

By Kris Rodriguez
Public Affairs Specialist

(July 7, 2009)--Rebekah Smith, UTSA assistant professor of psychology, has been awarded a five-year, $1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study adult memory. To conduct the research, beginning in July, Smith will recruit younger adult volunteers ages 18-30 and older adults, ages 60 and older.

Director of the UTSA Cognitive Aging Lab, Smith is studying prospective memory, the act of remembering to complete an intended action. Her research focuses on event-based prospective memory.

"The ultimate goal is to get a more basic understanding of how prospective memory works and how it is different for older adults aged 60 and above and younger adults ages 18-30," said Smith. "We will also look at developing techniques for improving prospective memory."

In the laboratory, participants will engage in ongoing computerized tasks. Participants also will be asked to make a different response to particular target items, such as a specific word, while performing ongoing tasks.

Adult volunteers interested in participating in the study will receive a small compensation. To register, contact the UTSA Cognitive Aging Lab at (210) 458-5836 or e-mail For more information, visit the UTSA Cognitive Aging Lab Web site.

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