In May 2021, I received a B.S. in Psychology from Purdue University. I am a first-year graduate student in Dr. Diane Beck’s Attention and Perception lab. As a MSPS student, my primary goal is to improve and hone the research skills I will need to succeed in a doctoral program.
When something unusual passes through our visualscape, a common intuition is to believe we will perceive such items more readily. Contrary to this belief, recent research indicates that we more readily perceive expected (statistically regular) items in our visualscape, rather than unexpected (statistically irregular) items (Greene, M. R., Botros, A. P., Beck, D. M., & Fei-Fei, L., 2015). In collaboration with Dr. Diane Beck’s Attention and Perception lab, and Dr. Lili Sahakyan’s Context, Memory, and Forgetting lab, I am examining this fascinating reality in the context of memory research. Specifically, I aim to explore how unexpected scenes that are more difficult to perceive affect our ability to intentionally forget those items in directed forgetting memory tasks.
B.S., Psychology; Minor in Philosophy – Purdue University