Welcome to the Memory, Attentional Control and Aging Lab!

Lab News!


Introducing lrd: An R package and Shiny Application for autoscoring recall data! 

PhD student Nick Maxwell has recently developed lrd to autoscore and plot cued-recall, free-recall, and sentence data. The upcoming tutorial will soon be published in Behavior Research Methods. Researchers are free to access the Shiny application by following the link at the top of the page. Instructions and example templates are available by following the links which redirect to our OSF page.

The lrd package was developed in collaboration with both Dr. Huff and Nick's former MS supervisor, Dr. Erin Buchanan. We are excited to introduce this useful tool which was designed to reduce the time cost associated with manually scoring recall datasets. 

Please contact us using the contact link above with any questions/suggestions.

Spring 2021 Update!

Although we continue to recover from research disruptions from COVID-19, lab members refuse to slow down!

CONGRATS to Honors student Landry Smith for winning the School of Psychology's Outstanding Senior Award!

Additionally, CONGRATS to Graduate Student Nick Maxwell for winning the increasingly competitive Graduate School Travel Award which will be used to fund his travel to the Psychonomic Society conference to San Diego, CA this November!

Finally, CONGRATS to Honors Student Wryleigh Shearin-Anderson for winning an Eagle SPUR grant to provide  funding for her Honors Thesis! Wryleigh keeps the lab's streak alive with the 7th MACA lab SPUR grant. 

Way to go MACA lab members!

When it rains, it pours! BOTH Honors alum Laura Pazos and Masters alum Matthew Gretz had their theses accepted for publication! Keep an eye out for Laura's thesis to appear in The Undergraduate Research Journal of Psychology at UCLA and Matthew's to appear in Memory. Way to go you two; very proud!



Lab member Anie Mitchell was just awarded the Outstanding Sophomore Award for the 2019-2020 academic year! Well deserved Anie!



Congrats to Landry Smith and Jessica Runnels!!! Both have successfully completed their honors theses on expectancy effects in memory and disease memory effects in older adults, respectively. Stay tuned for their thesis arriving in a peer-reviewed journal shortly. Well done!!!



In advisement news, Dr. Huff was just recognized as USM's Drapeau Center for Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year! This is an amazing honor which was only possible due to the very bright and motivated USM undergraduate students.



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Updated Lab Pic! Spring 2020 Lab, DAYS before the COVID closure. VERY lucky to get this picture up!



Congrats to Landry Smith who was selected by the USM Drapeau Center for Undergraduate Research to attend the National Conference of Undergraduate Research in Bozeman, MT in March 2020! Landry was one of FOUR students selected through application and will receive an all-expenses paid trip to the center of the universe, but I am biased... MACA Lab represent!



Congratulations to Holly Estopinal for winning an Eagle SPUR award for Fall 2019! Way to go!



Spring 2019 is in the books!  Lab end of the semester celebration is on the right!



2019 UGS Conference


Another great showing by the MACA lab at the annual undergraduate research conference in April! First place poster by Emily Cates and a first place talk by Landry Smith! Congratulations guys!


Emily Cates impresses the judges with her first place poster!


Emily Cates, Laura Pazos, Ashley Wood, and Landry Smith pose for pictures after a successful day!


Psychonomics 2018!

Landry Smith, Kyla Cosentino, Alyssa Di Mauro, Ashley Wood, and Laura Pazos presented posters at Psychonomics in NOLA! Collectively, the lab presented 3 posters. Way to showcase the lab's research!

The lab celebration dinner is on the right!



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2018 UGS Conference


Excellent showing by the MACA lab at the annual undergraduate research conference in April! First place poster by Landry Smith and Kyla Cosentino and second place poster by Emily Stahly (co-advised honors student and honorary lab member)! The award was nice, but the money was nicer!

Way to go team!


Landry and Kyla wow the crowd with their 1st place poster presentation.


Alyssa Di Mauro showing off the importance of semantic priming. #SPURWINNER


Congratulations to Laura Pazos who continues to pile up the accolades! She recently was selected as the School of Psychology's Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award winner and now has also been accepted to the Summer Workshop in Cognitive and Brain Sciences at the University of Delaware!

Way to go Laura! Makin' it rain!

Emily Stahly shows off her impressive photo-shopping skills on her way to a 2nd place prize!


Laura Pazos presenting Experiment 1 of her honors thesis.


Another successful Eagle SPUR application! Alyssa Di Mauro received funding to examine semantic activation effects in mediated false memories for Fall 2018!

The lab came to support Anastasia's PHENOMENAL poster presentation at this Spring's Undergraduate Research Conference. The data were very well received! Nice work Anastasia!

Congratulations to Anastasia Peach who recently won an Eagle SPUR grant to complete her project on processing effects on false memories for older adults!!!! Way to go!!!