Cognitive Development Lab
Washington University in St. Louis
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  Our lab conducts research investigating the development (during childhood) and the decline (during late adulthood) of processing speed and working memory and how these age-related changes in these two basic cognitive abilities affect higher level cognitive abilities. To address these questions, we use both standard experimental methodologies as well as investigations of individual differences. Much of our research focuses on answering basic research questions, such as determining the basis of the accelerated decline in spatial working memory relative to verbal working memory during late adulthood. Whereas other research addresses both basic and applied research issues, such as determining how sensory and cognitive abilities affect lip reading and listening comprehension in both children and adults. Other recent projects have extended our study of basic cognitive abilities to include both secondary memory and learning and to expand our applied domain to include the topic of individual differences in the note-taking of college students, how to best characterize the impaired cognitive abilities associated with unilateral hearing loss in children and how to best characterize the impaired cognitive abilities associated with tinnitus in adults.