The Cognition and Motivation Lab @ Earlham College!
Exploring cognitive processes and motivational influences
What do we do?
The main focus of The Cognition and Motivation Lab is the exploration of several mental processes, such as attention and memory, how they interact with each other, and how motivation may affect these interactions. The current area of inquiry is prospective memory, which is the ability to remember to perform an intended action in the future (e.g., remembering to feed a pet or take an important medication). We explore why individuals mistakenly repeat prospective memory tasks even after they are fulfilled successfully. For example, why is it difficult to remember the act of taking a medication while distracted? And why are individuals likely to take that medication again instead of trusting their habits and assuming that it was taken? The lab's main goals are to explore the causes of these errors and to explore solutions to help individuals avoid making them.
The Spring 2019 Team