The Mind Lab @ Earlham College!
Accepting Earlham students for the spring of 2019!
What do we do?
The main focus of The Mind Lab is the exploration of several mental processes, such as attention and memory, and how they interact with each other. The current area of inquiry is prospective memory, which is the ability to remember to perform an intended action in the future, such as remembering to feed a pet or take an important medication. The lab explores 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. Areas of inquiry will vary by semester/year.