Research Summary

Schacter's research interests include analyses of memory, amnesia, and consciousness; the nature of memory distortion and the brain mechanisms underlying false or illusory memories; emotional influences on memory; and how memory is used to imagine or simulate possible future events. Schacter‘s research involves cognitive studies, neuropsychological analyses of patients with memory disorders, as well as functional brain imaging techniques such as functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Examples of recent fMRI research projects include studies of specificity effects in priming, the neural basis of true vs. false recognition, the encoding origins of true and false memories, and brain networks that underly remembering the past and imagining the future. Cognitive/behavioral studies have examined memory distortion and imagination in elderly adults, and patients with Alzheimer’s disease, and have also explored mechanisms involved in reducing false recognition in younger and older adults. Schacter has published over 350 experimental and theoretical articles and chapters. Many of Schacter‘s studies are summarized in his 1996 book, Searching for Memory: The Brain, The Mind, and The Past, and his 2001 book, The Seven Sins of Memory: How the Mind Forgets and Remembers.