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The Adult Cognition and Memory Lab conducts behavioral research investigating mental processes in adults with a primary focus on memory. Currently we are pursuing three separate projects. One of these is the continued development and application of a theory of distinctive processing in memory (e.g., Hunt, 2003). A second line of work focuses on error correction in memory. These studies are based on performance in various test environments, and the effect of feedback on both propagation of correct responses and on the correction of errors in those test environments. A third line of work tests theories of implicit memory and priming on their ability to predict priming for very low frequency category instances. Such priming can be obtained by biasing the comprehension of superordinate terms, but no extant theory predicts these effects. Concurrently, we are developing and testing an explanation for these effects.

Recent Publications

Hunt, R. R. (in press). Coding processes. In H. L. Roediger (Ed.), Learning and memory: A comprehensive reference. London: Elsevier.

McConnell, M. D., & Hunt, R. R. (in press). Can false memories be corrected by feedback in the DRM paradigm? Memory & Cognition.

Smith, R. E., Hunt, R. R., McVay, J. C., & McConnell, M. D. (2007). The cost of event-based prospective memory: Salient target events. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 33, 734-746.

Hunt, R. R. & Lamb, C. A. (2006). What does it take to implicitly prime low frequency category exemplars? Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition, 32, 249-258.

Hunt, R. R., & Worthen, J. B. (Eds.) (2006), Distinctiveness and memory. New York: Oxford University Press.

Van Overschelde, J. P., Rawson, K. A., Dunlosky, J. & Hunt, R. R. (2005). Distinctive processing underlies skilled memory. Psychological Science, 16, 358-361.

Smith, R. E. & Hunt, R.R. (2005). Distinctive processing improves memory for recent autobiographical events. In D. T. Rosen (Ed.), Trends in experimental psychology research. New York: Nova Science Publishers.

Hunt, R.R., & Ellis, H.C. (2004). Fundamentals of Cognitive Psychology, 7th edition. Boston: McGraw-Hill.

Hunt, R. R. (2003). Two contributions of distinctive processing to accurate memory. Journal of Memory and Language, 48, 811-825.

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Last update: August 29, 2007