I’ve been interested in understanding the biological basis of consciousness since high school. At Haverford College, I double majored in chemistry and philosophy to get at “both ends” of the problem. In my postdoctoral research fellowship with Daniel Schacter at Harvard University, I examined false memories—often vivid, conscious recollections of memories that never happened (or happened differently) in individuals with Alzheimer’s disease. In my work to help people with memory disorders as a cognitive behavioral neurologist, I witness how brain diseases disrupt various aspects of their consciousness awareness. In my research career I have explored the subjective experience of true and false memories in individuals with and without memory disorders populations using behavioral, EEG event-related potentials (ERPs), and MRI methods. Below are some of our papers related to consciousness and other relevant links.
Memory and Consciousness—Usually in Tandem but Sometimes Apart