Megan H. Papesh, Associate Professor

photo of PapeshOffice: 220 Audubon Hall
Department of Psychology
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Office Phone: (225) 578-4138
Email: mpapesh@lsu.edu

Research Interests

My lab focuses on investigating human perception and memory, using converging techniques to study multiple, interrelated phenomena. Across studies, we collect data at multiple levels of analysis, emphasizing classic techniques, while also incorporating newer dynamic measures, including mouse-tracking,oculomotor and psychophysiological measures, and (in collaboration with researchers at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix) direct neural recordings.

Some of the research currently going on in the lab includes:
  • The role of encoding strength in memory retrieval, and the psychophysiological markers of recognition memory. 
  • The role of eye movements in learning and retrieval from implicit and explicit memory. 
  • Own- and other-race face perception/recognition, and the mediating cognitive processes. 
  • How do individuals match faces to photograph IDs under various levels of internal and external pressure? 
  • How do eye movements reveal memory in the absence of conscious awareness? 
  • How do you know that you don’t know something? 
  • What are the retrieval dynamics of recognizing familiar words, faces, and sentences?

DR. PAPESH conducts research on several aspects of recognition memory, using standard behavioral methods, eye-tracking, and the real-time pupil measurements. Current research projects include investigations into memory for faces, source memory (e.g., remembering from where you learned a fact), the role of eye movements in learning, and the processes by which live faces are matched to photograph IDs. Students will be responsible for running studies, developing stimuli, and entering data, but additional opportunities will be available depending on the student’s level of interest. Interested students should contact Dr. Papesh via email, at mpapesh@lsu.edu.