We are always using our working memory: when we are trying to recall a phone number, the grocery list or a route, but also when we are reasoning, solving problems or during language comprehension.
For example, when we are reading a sentence, we use our working memory to remember the beginning of the sentence while we are reading it, so that we can understand the whole meaning.
Nonetheless, working memory capacity is extremely limited. The limited working memory capacity is the main cause of the complexity of human thinking, and its development is the origin of children's cognitive development.
Because of this, our research focus on (1) how working memory is structures and how is functions, but also the restraints of its limited capacity, (2) the role of working memory on the high-level cognitive abilities, such as reasoning or the prospective memory, and (3) the development of working memory during childhood.
We study working memory through an experimental approch which combines behavioural measures and brain imaging (e.g., MVPA of fMRI or EEG data).
Our laboratory also contributes to large-scale collaborations in the field of psychology, such as Psychological Science Accelerator (https://psysciacc.org/) and initiatives to promote Open Science in the field of psychology, such as the Swiss Open Psychological Science Initiative (https://www.sopsi.org/)
Laboratoire Mémoire de travail, Cognition et Développement
Université de Genève
Faculté de psychologie et Sciences de l'éducation
40 Boulevard Pont d'Arve