Deborah H Tan

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N-218 Elliott Hall

75 E River Rd


My work centers on investigating the factors that affect memory and perception, such as emotion and retrieval. An interest of mine is examining how retrieval of a visual memory may enhance or impair the original visual memory that one had. I am also fascinated by how priming and antipriming can affect one’s perception of visual objects and how emotion interacts with those effects. I am also interested in examining the role of emotion in memory and comprehension for narrative texts. My question focuses on how emotional content within a short narrative text can impair memory and comprehension for neutral content within the same text.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • B.A.: Psychology, Dance, Carleton College.

Curriculum Vitae


  • human memory
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Full Predoctoral Member, Center for Cognitive Sciences: 2015 - Present
  • Executive Council Member, Center for Cognitive Sciences: 2018 - 2019
  • Reviewer: Memory & Cognition , 2018
  • Co-reviewer: Learning & Memory; Memory & Cognition; Psychology and Aging; Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition
  • Jiang, Y. V., Shupe, J. M., Swallow, K. M., & Tan, D. H. (2016). Memory for recently accessed visual attributes. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 42, ,1331-1337. doi:
  • Swallow, K. M., Jiang, Y. V., & Tan, D. H. (2017). How memory is tested influences what is measured: Reply to Wyble and Chen (2017). Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition. doi:10.1037/xlm0000362
  • Liu, X. L., Tan, D. H., & Reder, L. M. (2018). The two processes underlying the testing effect – Evidence from event-related potentials (ERPs). Neuropsychologia, 112, 77-85. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2018.02.022
  • Tan, D. H. & Jiang, Y. V. (in press). How visual memory changes with intervening recall. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology.
  • Gloria J. Randahl Fellowship, 2016 - 2017
  • Gloria J. Randahl Fellowship, 2018 - 2019