SpeakerHenry Roediger and Kathleen McDermott
Date and LocationMonday January 29, 2018 4:00pm
Henry (Roddy) L. Roediger, III is the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor at Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Roediger received his Ph.D. in 1973 at Yale University and then joined the faculty at Purdue University. In 1988, he was appointed Lynette S. Autrey Professor of Psychology at Rice University, and in 1996 he moved to Washington University in St. Louis, where he became Chair of the Department of Psychology. Dr. Roediger’s research has concentrated on many aspects of human learning and memory, including memory illusions, collective memory, and methods of improving learning and memory. He has served as president of the Association for Psychological Science (APS) and has been elected president of several other organizations of psychologists. Roediger is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and several organizations of psychologists. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1994 and, in 2004, a Doctor of Social Sciences, honoris causa, from Purdue University. Roediger is a member of the Society of Experimental Psychologists and was awarded the Society’s Howard Crosby Warren Medal for his research on false memories in 2008. In 2012, the APS awarded him the William James Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 2016 he received the APS Lifetime Mentoring Award. In 2017, Roediger received the John P. McGovern Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science and was elected to the National Academy of Sciences.
Kathleen McDermott is Professor of Psychological & Brain Sciences and Director of the Memory & Cognition Laboratory at Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. McDermott received her Ph.D. from Rice University in 1996. After a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Washington University School of Medicine, she became a ladder faculty member in Psychology. Dr. McDermott investigates human memory encoding and retrieval and how they interact. Her research uses both behavioral and functional neuroimaging (fMRI) techniques. Ongoing projects include explorations into individual differences in learning abilities; how memory is used to envision future events; why attempting to retrieve recently-experienced information enables the learner to gain more from a subsequent learning episode; and the contribution of regions within parietal cortex to encoding and retrieval. The American Psychological Foundation and APA's Science Directorate awarded McDermott the 2004-2005 F. J. McGuigan Young Investigator Prize. She is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and the Society of Experimental Psychologists. She is Associate Editor for Psychological Science. In February 2017 her work was featured in the PBS NOVA special “Memory Hackers.”