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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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Margaret A. Sheridan research assistant 1999-2001 Washington University
Jean Vettel research assistant 2001-2004 Washington University
Taylor Beck research assistant 2010-2011 Washington University
Christopher S Hall research assistant 2020-2022 Washington University (PsychTree)
Nicole Kathleen Speer grad student 2005 Washington University
Khena Marie Swallow grad student 2007 Washington University
Alfred Brian Yu grad student 2013 Washington University
Lauren L. Richmond post-doc 2013- Washington University
Brian A Gordon post-doc 2010-2014 Washington University
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Bezdek MA, Nguyen TT, Hall CS, et al. (2022) The multi-angle extended three-dimensional activities (META) stimulus set: A tool for studying event cognition. Behavior Research Methods
Richmond LL, Sargent JQ, Zacks JM. (2022) Virtual navigation in healthy aging: Activation during learning and deactivation during retrieval predicts successful memory for spatial locations. Neuropsychologia. 173: 108298
Wahlheim CN, Eisenberg ML, Stawarczyk D, et al. (2022) Understanding Everyday Events: Predictive-Looking Errors Drive Memory Updating. Psychological Science. 9567976211053596
Cohn-Sheehy BI, Delarazan AI, Reagh ZM, et al. (2021) The hippocampus constructs narrative memories across distant events. Current Biology : Cb
Kurby CA, Zacks JM. (2021) Priming of movie content is modulated by event boundaries. Journal of Experimental Psychology. Learning, Memory, and Cognition
Cohn-Sheehy BI, Delarazan AI, Crivelli-Decker JE, et al. (2021) Narratives bridge the divide between distant events in episodic memory. Memory & Cognition
Hermann MM, Wahlheim CN, Alexander TR, et al. (2021) The role of prior-event retrieval in encoding changed event features. Memory & Cognition
Stawarczyk D, Wahlheim CN, Etzel JA, et al. (2020) Aging and the encoding of changes in events: The role of neural activity pattern reinstatement. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 117: 29346-29353
Franklin NT, Norman KA, Ranganath C, et al. (2020) Structured Event Memory: A neuro-symbolic model of event cognition. Psychological Review. 127: 327-361
Zacks JM. (2020) Event Perception and Memory. Annual Review of Psychology. 71: 165-191
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