The research of the KU Memory and Development Lab looks at how children and adults come to remember both good and bad past experiences, and how these memories are related to emotional well-being. We are particularly interested in the ways in which people cope with and make sense of memories of highly negative experiences, such as abuse or family violence, because these types of experiences can have serious implications for mental health.
The KU MAD Lab also offers an opportunity for undergraduate students to pursue their interests in cognitive and developmental psychology while gaining research experience by serving as assistants in the lab. Undergraduate students provide assistance with research activities including:
- Entering data and monitoring the quality of data entry
- Transcribing interviews
- Coding/scoring interviews, questionnaires, and psychological assessments
- Data collection (interviewing study participants)
- Library research using PsycINFO
- Complete readings of assigned journal articles and book chapters related to the Memory and Development Lab.
- Attend weekly lab meetings every to discuss issues related to the current research.
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