I am a cognitive neuroscientist at Humboldt University of Berlin working with Roberto Cabeza as a PostDoc on true and false memories in aging. My main interest is the understanding of the encoding operations that allow young and healthy older adults to successfully remember past experiences, but also to falsely judge novel events as if they were previously encountered. Older adults may rely more on their pre-existing semantic knowledge when processing information, an automatic process that may preclude further perceptual processing. Modern neuroimaging techniques, like fMRI, can reveal whether older adults show an impairment in perceptual processing while emphasising semantic information, and whether this mechanism triggers false memories. My long term goal is to understand age-related differences at encoding and retrieval related to false memories.
Naspi, L., Hoffman, P., Devereux, B., Thejll-Madsen, T., Doumas, L. A. A., & Morcom, A. (2021). Multiple dimensions of semantic and perceptual similarity contribute to mnemonic discrimination for pictures. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition. Advance online publication. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/xlm0001032
Naspi, L., Hoffman, P., Devereux, B., & Morcom, A. M. (2021). Perceptual and semantic representations at encoding contribute to true and false recognition of objects. The Journal of Neuroscience, 41(40), 8375–8389. https://doi.org/10.1523/jneurosci.0677-21.2021