Tanya Jonker, Postdoctoral Fellow
When thinking about remembering, we tend to think that retrieval is the way we access the contents of our memory. However, the act of remembering can shape our memories, changing them in important ways. In fact, retrieval has a number of known effects on memories: It can result in acute forgetting of related information (retrieval-induced forgetting), enhanced memory for the retrieved and related material over the longer term (the testing effect, retrieval-induced facilitation), or misremembering of similar information (reactivation-induced false memory). Tanya’s research focuses on this interesting feature of the memory system, with the goals of understanding how retrieval and reactivation shape memory and the role that contextual features (environment, temporal, internal, etc.) play in this shaping process.
Tanya received her PhD from the University of Waterloo, Canada, in 2015. Although she deeply enjoyed her graduate studies, she was thrilled to leave behind the snowy lands of Ontario in exchange for the beautiful Californian weather and is enjoying the relaxed lifestyle of Davis. When not at her desk, Tanya enjoys hiking, snowboarding, photography, and collecting cats.