Lab Updates

Academia and the World Beyond, Vol. 2

This book is a collection of 31 interviews with those who have completed a PhD and are now in a non-academic role. Interviewees provide background into their PhD topic and discuss how they transitioned to their current position, including what additional training was necessary and how their PhD training has helped them succeed.


Dr. Madan gave an invited talk at the European Workshop on Cognitive Neuropsychology in Bressanone, Italy as part of a symposium on language and memory.

“Historically, memory and language have often been seen as separate cognitive functions and studied in isolation, hindering cross-domain knowledge transfer. However, understanding their relation and possible functional overlap could be fruitful for advancing the field of cognitive (neuro)science more broadly. This is easier said than done: It is not entirely clear if the two domains can be integrated and, critically, if so, how. During the symposium, we will discuss the extent to which the language and memory systems overlap and which approaches and methodology are likely to bring clarity to this question (e.g., what roles do neural measures or neuropsychological evidence have to play in guiding the answers).”

A featured article in Cognitive Neuropsychology is forthcoming.

Psychonomic Program Committee

Dr. Madan has begun a 2-year term on the Psychonomic Society Program Committee.

“The Program Committee oversees aspects of the conference related to the program. This committee interfaces with the Secretary to adjudicate issues concerning submissions and acceptances. The committee also is free to develop and propose ideas concerning any aspect of the conference that it deems necessary and appropriate. The Program Committee selects symposia for the Annual Meeting and recommends their selections for a vote of the Governing Board. They also select winners from applicants for Graduate Conference Awards, previously the Graduate Travel Awards.”

Research on road users and potential accidents

Project lead, Dr. Karl Miller: “We know from previous research that road users have many near crash incidents on a regular basis, with some road users being more exposed to these than others. However there is little evidence to really identify where these near crashes happen. We want people to help us collect these data so that we can have a greater understanding of exactly where and how often near crashes are happening and pinpoint those particularly dangerous hotspots that could eventually lead to a serious accident occurring.”

The effects of emotion on retrospective duration memory using virtual reality

The effects of emotion on retrospective duration memory using virtual reality

New virtual reality study published, led by Omran Safi and Dr. Daniela Palombo.

“While emotion generally enhances some aspects of memory, temporal duration has been shown to be particularly susceptible to emotion-induced distortions. However, prior work has faced difficulty when studying this phenomenon, having to make some trade-offs on ecological validity or experimental control. Here, we sought to bridge this gap by studying the effects of emotion on temporal duration memory using virtual reality.”

Memory Can Define Individual Beliefs and Identity—and Shape Society

New paper in Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences!

“Memory profoundly define individual beliefs and identity, shaping how societies make decisions. Five key memory phenomena include—first impressions and the primacy effect, risky decision-making and memory availability, information reliability and source memory, music preferences and the reminiscence bump, and long-term planning and episodic future thinking.”

Industry Expert Panel at Psychonomics meeting

Dr. Madan moderated the first non-academic career panel.

“With the advancement of technology, including questions about AI, human behavior, and user experience (UX) of systems, many graduate students are interested in careers in industry. Many skills developed with degrees in cognitive neuroscience, cognitive science, or cognitive psychology are highly sought after by companies. In this Lunchtime Workshop, we have invited several industry researchers to talk about their journeys and their transition to industry and to provide advice for any graduate student or postdoc thinking about making this transition.”

Dr. Nick Simonsen

Dr. Nick Simonsen

Congratulations to Nick Simonsen for passing his PhD viva!

Next month he begins a postdoc position at Aarhus University.

Memories that Matter—coming soon

A decade in the making, Memories that Matter: How we remember important things will be coming out in May 2024.

See my page about the book or information from the publisher (Routledge) for more information.

Fade In, Fade Out: Do Shifts in Visual Perspective Predict the Consistency of Real-World Memories?

New paper in Psychological Science, led by Victoria Wardell and Dr. Daniela Palombo.

“Memories of our personal past are not exact accounts of what occurred. Instead, memory reconstructs the past in adaptive—though not always faithful—ways. Using a naturalistic design, we asked how the visual perspective adopted in the mind’s eye when recalling the past—namely, an “own eyes” versus “observer” perspective—relates to the stability of autobiographical memories.”

JOSS publishes 2000th paper

The Journal of Open Source Software has just published it’s 2000th birthday, and reached it’s 7th birthday! The journal just put out a blog post providing an overview of the journal’s growth.

Dr. Madan has been an associate editor at the journal since it’s inception in May 2016.

Memory and Consciousness—Usually in Tandem but Sometimes Apart

New paper out in Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology!

“I present three propositions about the relationship between episodic memory and consciousness: (1) Episodic memory is usually associated with conscious retrieval; (2) it is possible to have consciousness without episodic memory; and (3) episodic memory can be accessed without conscious retrieval.”