Dr Candice Morey

Dr Candice Morey

Senior Lecturer

School of Psychology

Email:
moreyc@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 5375
Location:
7.10, Tower Building, 70 Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3AT
Available for postgraduate supervision

In some ways, memory seems limitless. Unlike a digital storage device which will eventually fill up, there is no apparent limit to how much knowledge we can acquire. In fact, learning is facilliated when we make connections between new information and information we've already learned - it's as if remembering some things leads to remembering others.

Yet remembering novel information is notoriously faulty. Everyone regularly experiences slips where they cannot retrieve the name of person just introduced to them, or forgets where they placed their keys only moments ago, or cannot recall what items they planned to pick up from the market. 

I am interested in understanding what limits memory for the immediate past, explaining why these lapses occur so universally, and discovering factors that can help mitigate immediate memory limits. I also advocate for improving the transparency of research so that all of the products of research - from stimuli, to data, to published conclusions -  are maximally available to inform decision-making in academia and beyond. Materials supporting my research projects are available on my Open Science Framework page.

Undergraduate education

2001: Bachelor of Science in Psychology, magna cum laude, with a minor in Music, Florida State University

Postgraduate education

2003: Master of Arts in Psychology, University of Missouri

2007: PhD in Psychology, University of Missouri

Employment

2017- present: Senior Lecturer, Cardiff University School of Psychology

2013-2017: Chancellor's Fellow / Lecturer, University of Edinburgh Department of Psychology

2008-2013: Rosalind Franklin Fellow / Lecturer, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences

2007-2008: NRSA Post-doctoral Fellow, Washington University - St. Louis Department of Psychology

Honours and awards

Awards/external committees

2017 Psychonomic Society Early Career Award Winner

Editor-in-chief, Journal of Cognition

Editorial board member, Memory & Cognition

Executive committee member, European Society for Cognitive Psychology

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

Research topics and related papers

I am currently interested in comparing and contrasting how memory limits apply to verbal versus non-verbal materials. People consistently remember more information from an arbitrary set when the to-be-remembered information is verbal compared to when it is spatial or visual. Verbal information is also less susceptible to interference than visual information, which is fragile, and disrupted by many tasks and materials, even if the distracting tasks do not involve any visual content. I am working on understanding these differences with a view toward explaining how memory and attention are distributed between different kinds of information content.

An important part of my research involves investigating how memory improves during childhood. As they grow, children's memory improves. In some ways, children's memory appears to function similarly to adults' memory. However, there are also differences, particularly in the strategies children use (or don't use) to try to remember novel information.

My colleagues and I are working to discover regularities in performance of working memory tasks in both adults and children (e.g., what sort of distraction consistently leads to forgetting, how much novel material of various sorts can we remember, what sorts of speech or eye movement patterns accompany memory lapses), with a view toward a comprehensive and viable explanation for how new information is recorded and learned.

Funding

2019: Morey, C.C., principal investigator, with Vergauwe, E., & von Bastian, C.C., co-investigators. British Academy Small Grant. Memory performance during multi-tasking. Host institution: Cardiff University. £9,983.

2016-2019: Chevalier, N., & Karbach, J., principal investigators. Open Research Area ESRC Grant. Supporting cognitive and academic development in children at risk: Metacognitive executive function training in children from low socioeconomic backgrounds. Host institution: University of Edinburgh. £503,810. Co-investigator, 2.66% f.t.e.

2007-2010 (voluntarily shortened to take up full-time position at Rijksuniversiteit Groningen): Morey, C.C., Principal investigator. 1 F32 MH079556-01. NIH National Research Service Award, Postdoctoral Fellowship. Domain-general working memory and cognitive control in the prefrontal cortex. Faculty sponsor: Todd S. Braver, Washington University. $141,318.

2006-2007: Morey, C.C., Principal investigator. 1 F31 MH074205-01A2. NIH National Research Service Award, Pre-doctoral Fellowship. Domain-general storage in working memory. Faculty sponsor: Nelson Cowan, University of Missouri. $37,000.

Research group

Dr. Tanya Joseph

Research collaborators

Dr. Bonnie Auyeung, University of Edinburgh

Dr. Louise Brown Nicholls, University of Strathclyde

Dr. Nicolas Chevalier, University of Edinburgh

Prof. Nelson Cowan, University of Missouri

Prof. Emily Elliott, Louisiana State University

Prof. Julia Karbach, University Koblenz-Landau

Dr. Evie Vergauwe, University of Geneva

Dr. Claudia von Bastian, Sheffield University

Postgraduate research interests

I am currently looking for two PhD students to begin in October 2019. One position will focus on theoretical memory and attention, closely related to my main topics of interest. One position, co-supervised with Prof. Chris Chambers, shall focus on evaluating reproducibility and transparent research practices. If you are interested in applying for a PhD, or for further information regarding my postgraduate research, please contact me directly (contact details available on the 'Overview' page), or submit a formal application here.

Current students

External supervisees

Anthea Allan, Queen Margaret University (external co-supervisor)

Erminia Fiorentino (external co-supervisor)

Past projects

Previous students

2017: Dr. Jason Doherty, University of Edinburgh (co-supervised)

2017: Dr. Edyta Sasin, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (co-supervised)

2017: Dr. Florian Sense, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (co-supervised)

2013: Dr. Jonathan Mall, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

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