Kathleen B. McDermott, Ph.D.
Kathleen B. McDermott, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychological & Brain Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis. McDermott graduated from the University of Notre Dame (undergraduate degree in 1990) and Rice University (graduate degree in 1996). She then pursued a postdoctoral fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis before becoming assistant professor at the same institution, where she has been ever since. McDermott’s research has spanned many topics relating to human memory. For example, she has worked on implicit memory, false memory, how imagination interacts with memory, memory improvement techniques; this work has used behavioral techniques in the psychological tradition in addition to functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). McDermott is Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and the Psychonomic Society.
Remembering What We Learn
Our authors provide examples of retrieval practice and individual differences in long-term retention and explore quick and slow learners.
Remembering the Past to Imagine the Future
Remembering experiences in our past and imagining ourselves in some future event both involve a kind of mental "time travel" based in our brains.