Research

Overgeneral Autobiographical Memory

We are interested in the development of different types of memory retrieval styles in youth and young adults. For instance, we are currently conducting a study that tracks children’s recall of autobiographical memory over time and investigates the relationship between an overgeneral retrieval style and problematic coping strategies, such as avoidance and rumination, as well as psychopathology, such as depression and anxiety. Another study is investigating some of these factors in both clinical and non-clinical samples of young adults.

Narrative Identity and Psychopathology

We are also interested in the way children communicate their experiences of life events, and how their personal narratives are associated with socio-emotional development. For instance, we are exploring the relationships between features of parent-child narratives about high, low, and turning point events and psychopathology. This study specifically focuses on the development of self-identity and coping styles such as rumination.

Memory and Interpretation Biases

Our research also investigates what information children forget and recall over time. We are currently conducting research that focuses on how anxiety influences the kind of information children recall and what interpretations are made from ambiguous scenarios. Another study investigates how selective discussion of autobiographical events can influence children’s memory of similar, non-discussed events.