At the moment that you are reading this sentence, you will use your working memory to remember the beginning of the sentence while you are reading it so that you can understand its meaning at the end.
We are always using our working memory. For example, when you are trying to recall a phone number, a grocery list, or a route, but also when you are reasoning, solving problems, or language comprehension.
Nonetheless, our working memory capacity is extremely limited, which is also the main cause of the complexity of human thinking, and its development in the origin of children's cognitive development.
Because of this, our research focusses on (1) how working memory is structured and how it functions, (2) the constraints of its limited capacity, (3) the role of working memory in high-level cognitive abilities, such as reasoning or prospective memory, and (4) the development of working memory over time (from childhood to adult age).
We study these topics through an experimental approach that combines behavioral measures and brain imaging (e.g., MVPA of fMRI or EEG data). Next to that, we also contribute to large-scale collaborations in the field of psychology, such as the Psychological Science Accelerator and initiatives to promote Open Science in the field of psychology, such as the Swiss Open Psychological Science Initiative and the Swiss Reproducibility Network, and its local node in Geneva.
Laboratoire Mémoire de travail, Cognition et Développement
Université de Genève
Faculté de psychologie et Sciences de l'éducation
40 Boulevard Pont d'Arve