DANIELLA K. CASH
I am a fifth year graduate student in the Cognitive and Brain Sciences doctoral program at Louisiana State University.
I am largely interested in how memory and cognitive processes are utilized particularly in complex, real-world scenarios. The overarching goal of my research is to better understand applied problems by examining them through a theoretical approach. I use behavioral as well as eye-tracking measures to answer interesting research questions. I am a firm believer that research in the lab and instances of problems in the real world can work together to inform each other and this is when researchers are truly able to understand a phenomenon.
In a recent study, I was interested in examining the impact of feedback on source memory. Largely, the literature seems to find little or even negative effects of feedback, but are there situations where feedback can be beneficial to memory? Data from a recent study suggest yes!
Participants viewed a series of objects on varying backgrounds. After providing source judgments, participants were then given immediate feedback for each item. Participants then repeated this task without receiving feedback. Did this feedback help? Yes, but for only some of the participants. Participants who were originally performing well on the task did not show a difference across test 1 and 2. However, participants who did not perform well originally did perform better on the second test.