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Jeffrey M. Zacks

Washington University, Saint Louis, St. Louis, MO 
event perception, spatial reasoning, memory
"Jeffrey Zacks"

My lab studies perception and cognition using the methods of experimental psychology and neuroscience. One of our primary interests is in how people parse ongoing activity into meaningful events. The sensory world has been described as "a blooming, buzzing confusion," yet we seem to talk and think about activity as consisting of a modest number of discrete events. My lab's work suggests that this is so because specialized brain systems form stable representations that chunk intervals of time into coherent events, and chunk events into larger super-events. This segmentation is adaptive—people who don't segment activity very well also don't remember it as well later.

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Michael J. Tarr research assistant Yale University
Barbara Tversky grad student 1994-1995 Stanford
Thomas K. Landauer research scientist 1992-1994
 (Bell Communications Research (Bellcore))
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Franklin NT, Norman KA, Ranganath C, et al. (2020) Structured Event Memory: A neuro-symbolic model of event cognition. Psychological Review. 127: 327-361
Eisenberg ML, Zacks JM, Flores S. (2018) Dynamic prediction during perception of everyday events. Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications. 3: 53
Kurby CA, Zacks JM. (2018) Age differences in the perception of goal structure in everyday activity. Psychology and Aging
Bangert AS, Kurby CA, Zacks JM. (2018) The influence of everyday events on prospective timing "in the moment". Psychonomic Bulletin & Review
Sargent JQ, Zacks JM, Hambrick DZ, et al. (2018) Event memory uniquely predicts memory for large-scale space. Memory & Cognition
Richmond LL, Sargent JQ, Flores S, et al. (2018) Age differences in spatial memory for mediated environments. Psychology and Aging
Kurby CA, Zacks JM. (2018) Preserved neural event segmentation in healthy older adults. Psychology and Aging
Yu AB, Zacks JM. (2017) Transformations and representations supporting spatial perspective taking. Spatial Cognition and Computation. 17: 304-337
Richmond LL, Gold DA, Zacks JM. (2017) Event perception: Translations and applications. Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition. 6: 111-120
Richmond LL, Zacks JM. (2017) Constructing Experience: Event Models from Perception to Action. Trends in Cognitive Sciences
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