University of Hertfordshire

Dr Ali Mair

Overview

My research interests are on the topic of memory, and how memory abilities change with advancing age or in the presence of disease or brain damage (e.g. Alzheimer's disease, mild cognitive impairment, amnesia). I am particularly interested in how memory works in the "real world", outside of the laboratory. My PhD work focused on the effects of healthy ageing on autobiographical and everyday memory, and the use of wearable camera technology to support naturalistic recall in older and younger adults.

I am now working as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow on a project investigating the use of wearable technology to support memory in people with dementia and mild cognitive impairment. We aim to determine whether differrent methods of memory consolidation support, adminstered in a daily review task, can objectively improve memory for reviewed and not-reviewed details of naturalistic event memories. In addition we are investigating whether memory aids function better as consolidation support or retrieval support. The overarching aim of this work is to develop a memory support system that is both efficient and effective enough to support daily living in people with memory difficulties.

I am also interested in the effects of experience on memory representation, and particularly the distinction between episodic and semantic memory (e.g. personal semantics), including how memories transition from episodic-like to semantic-like representation. Older adults' event memories typically contain more semantic detail than younger adults' memories, and this is another area I am actively researching.

Finally, I am interested in factors that affect the way we describe our memories when relating them to other people, and how different narrative goals and speaker-listener relationships affect the content and structure of memory reports.

I am currently supervising undergraudate and masters level students and will be accepting more in the coming year.

I am also actively seeking national and international collaborations.

 

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