Memory for Events Lab
People

People


Lab Director

Peggy L. St. Jacques, PhD

peggy.stjacques@ualberta.ca ORCID

Dr. Peggy L. St. Jacques is an Assistant Professor and Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience in the Department of Psychology at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. She received her Honours BSc from the University of Toronto, where she first was inspired to pursue research in autobiographical memory. During her Ph.D. at Duke University, she gained expertise in functional neuroimaging studies of autobiographical memory. Dr. St. Jacques then pursed postdoctoral training at Harvard University, where she used wearable camera technology to elicit autobiographical memories to investigate the neural mechanisms by which remembering updates memory with new information. She established her Memory for Events Lab initially at the University of Sussex in 2015, prior to moving back to Canada to join the University of Alberta in 2018. Her primary research focus is to understand the cognitive and neural mechanisms that support memory for events, including autobiographical experiences from one’s personal past and realistic experiences encoded in a more controlled setting. In particular, she is interested in how long-term representations of memory are modified via retrieval related mechanisms and the role of visual perspective. As an Indigenous scholar, Dr. St. Jacques also values equity, diversity, and inclusivity in science. One of her favourite autobiographical memories is when she visited a Balsamic Vinegar House in the Reggio Emilia area in Italy.


Graduate Students

Selen Küçüktaş, MA

kucuktas@ualberta.ca

Selen received her BA in Psychology from Yeditepe University, and completed an MA in Psychological Sciences at Boğaziçi University, Turkey. She has been pursuing her PhD in the ME Lab since 2019. Her main research interest is cognitive and neural mechanisms supporting the retrieval of autobiographical memories. Particularly, she focuses on the emotional aspects of events, and the impact of emotional regulation on retrieval. One of her favourite autobiographical memories is her trip to Belgrade, Serbia to attend an international Argentine tango festival.

Anna Romero, BA

asromero@ualberta.ca

Anna is a recent graduate of the University of Alberta’s Psychology Honours program. Anna completed her honours thesis here at the ME Lab with Dr. St. Jacques. She has recently accepted an offer to the MSc in Psychology at the University of Alberta, where she will be continuing her work at the Memory for Events Lab. Her main research interest is in understanding how schemas and prior knowledge inform autobiographical memory. One of her favourite autobiographical memories was seeing her grandma after not having seen her for seven years.

Júlia Feminella, BSc

feminell@ualberta.ca

Júlia received her BSc in Psychology from Universidade de Brasília. She’s currently pursuing an MSc in the lab. Her research involves how format (2D/3D) and emotional valence in virtual reality settings can affect memory. One of her favorite autobiographical memories is shooting a short film in a single afternoon along with her friends.


Lab Manager

Chloe King, BA

ciking@ualberta.ca

Chloe received her Honours BA in Psychology from the University of Alberta, where she completed her honours thesis with Dr. St. Jacques here at the ME Lab. Now she is working as a research assistant and lab manager for the ME Lab. She is interested in studying the narrative content of autobiographical memories. More specifically, she is interested in understanding how the content of our memories change and what changes as we shift visual perspective. One of her favourite memories is biking on the Island Line Rail Trail on Lake Champlain in Vermont.


Undergraduate Honours Students

Alannah Nash

Alannah is pursuing an Honours BSc in Psychology. She is interested in memory distortion and false memory creation. One of her favourite autobiographical memories is swimming under a waterfall on Manitoulin Island.

Anna Cuff

Anna is pursuing an Honors BSc in Psychology. She is interested in the neural mechanisms supporting memory and the relationship between visual perspective and emotional regulation. One of her favorite autobiographical memories is her trip to Pompeii, Italy with her mom in the summer of 2018.


Undergraduate Students & Volunteers

Milan Kalra

Milan is pursuing an Honours BSc in Psychology. He is interested in studying the role that memory plays in the dreaming process, most specifically the emotional components of memory. One of his favourite memories is visiting the Galleria Vittorio Emanuale II in Milan, Italy.

Shikang Peng

Shikang is pursuing an honours BSc in Psychology. He is interested in if and how different visual perspectives contribute to memory formulation. One of his favorite autobiographical memories is driving on the highway with all the cars surrounding flashing their light in a heavy storm

Georgia Popowich

Georgia is pursuing a BA degree, majoring in Psychology. She is interested in the neural mechanisms of memory, as well as how emotion impacts memory encoding and recall. One of her favourite autobiographical memories is attending a Ukrainian Folk Dance Workshop in Lviv, Ukraine.

Elly Smith

Elly is pursuing a BSc degree, double majoring in psychology and biology. She is interested in how affective aspects of memory may be altered through reactivation processes, such as changing visual perspective. One of her favourite autobiographical memories is collecting sea-glass on the coast of Connecticut.

Victoria Pane

Victoria is pursuing a BSc in Psychology with a minor in Business. She is interested in factors that influence the accuracy of autobiographical memory recall. One of her favourite memories is spending a month in France with her best friend.

Dhruvish Zaveri

Dhruvish is pursuing a BSc honours in Neuroscience. He is interested in learning about how individual differences in visual perspective (own-eyes or observer) affect the memory retrieval process. One of his favourite autobiographical memories is dining at the revolving restaurant in Vancouver, British Columbia.