Running Experiments

The Cognitive and Neural Basis of Episodic Memory

Faculty Member:  Daniel Schacter

Description:  We conduct research investigating the cognitive and neural basis of episodic memory—the ability to remember events from the personal past—and processes leading to memory distortions. We utilize cognitive and behavioral testing as well as functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) in healthy younger and older volunteers and individuals with clinical conditions known to affect memory processes, such as Alzheimer’s disease.

Student RAs are responsible for conducting cognitive testing in healthy younger and older

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The Challenges of Understanding Others

The SCAN lab studies how humans understand the thoughts, feelings and mental states of other people. We employ both functional neuroimaging (fMRI) and behavioral methods to study the neural correlates and processes of social cognition. For more information about lab research please see our website:  http://www.wjh.harvard.edu/~scanlab/papers.html.  Research assistants help prepare experimental stimuli, recruit and screen subjects, and conduct behavioral and fMRI experiments.  Students have the opportunity to become involved in all levels of research including designing

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Building a Corpus of Spontaneous Speech in Tsez

We plan to create a corpus of spontaneous speech in Tsez, an endangered language of the Caucasus spoken by about 6,000 people, and three endangered Mayan languages. The project will involve collecting, transcribing and annotating the data in such a way that they could be used by other researchers. We will then compare these languages to spoken production from several heritage languages (Russian, Chinese, Avar, Spanish, and Mam) whose corpora will also be transcribed and annotated.


Student Responsibilities:
Recording of speakers; help with transcriptions;

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