perception; psychophysics; electroencephalography; lifespan; individual differences; synaesthesia; training; experimental psychology; memory; cognition
Rothen Nicolas, Schwartzman David J., Bor Daniel, Seth Anil K. (2018), Coordinated neural, behavioral, and phenomenological changes in perceptual plasticity through overtraining of synesthetic associations, in Neuropsychologia
, 111, 151-162.
Rothen Nicolas, Meier Beat (2018), Spontaneous retrieval reveals right ear advantage in prospective memory., in The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology
, 71(4), 940-948.
Mealor Andy, Simner Julia, Rothen Nicolas, Carmichael Duncan, Ward Jamie (2016), Different Dimensions of Cognitive Style in Typical and Atypical Cognition: New Evidence and a New Measurement Tool, in PLOS ONE
Rothen Nicolas, Jünemann Kristin, Mealor Andy, Burckhardt Vera, Ward Jamie (2016), The sensitivity and specificity of a diagnostic test of sequence-space synaesthesia, in Behavior Research Methods
Memory research identified various strategies to enhance performance. However, the foundations of naturally (“strategy free”) enhanced memory performance remain to be explored. Recent research provides increasing evidence that synaesthesia - a perceptual condition in otherwise healthy individuals - is associated with a specific profile of enhanced memory. Interestingly, the memory benefits in synaesthesia cannot be explained with conventional memory strategies. Instead, the advantage is best explained with functional and structural changes in the visual system of the synaesthetic brain on the basis of contemporary models of perception and memory. The primary goal of the proposed project is to test the insights from synaesthesia research on memory in the wider population of non-synaesthetic individuals to inform and advance current theories of memory. Specifically, it is investigated how individual differences in perception affect memory performance in young and healthy individuals, synaesthetes, by means of perceptual discrimination training, and across lifespan. Thus, the potential impact of the proposed project is far reaching and may provide for new strategies to tackle age related memory decline and dementia.