About Our Work

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.

Meet the Team

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Melanie Takarangi

Lab Director

Jacinta Oulton

PhD Graduate

Deanne Green

PhD Candidate

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Ella Moeck

PhD Candidate

Sasha Nahleen

PhD Candidate

Di Nayda

PhD Candidate

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Victoria Bridgland

PhD Candidate

Taylor Swain

Clinical PhD Candidate

Jorja Barnard

Honours Student, 2018

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Megan Hawes

Honours Student, 2018

Joshua Peters

Clinical Masters Student

Danielle Hett

Visiting PhD Candidate

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Michelle Johns

Honours Student, 2019

Lucy Matson

Honours Student, 2019

Nadine Hutchison

Honours Student, 2019