Forensic and Clinical Cognition Lab

Dr Melanie Takarangi

In my lab we marry experimental and clinical approaches to study the ways that our memories—particularly what and how we remember about adverse personal experiences and our reactions to those experiences—shape our resilience in the present and in the future.

We are currently interested in factors—such as warnings, arousal, and hemispheric asymmetries in the brain—that shape the way we attend to, react to and remember emotional material. We also examine the role of involuntary or spontaneous remembering and related concepts, including mind-wandering and meta-awareness, in determining psychological well-being. And finally, we work to understand other puzzles of memory in legal contexts, such as memory distortion for crime, and how alcohol affects eyewitness memory.

The Forensic and Clinical Cognition Lab is a part of the College of Education, Psychology, and Social Work at Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia.