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
  • 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, Link
  • Gloria J. Randahl Fellowship, 2016 - 2017