The Heriot-Watt Memory Lab, led by Dr Michaela Dewar, comprises a team of researchers investigating memory and memory-related functions in human health and disease.

    Our current research portfolio includes projects investigating (1) how memory changes normally as we grow older, (2) the roles of sleep and different (quiet and busy) wakeful states in memory processing, (3) the neurophysiological basis of remembering and forgetting, (4) how we navigate through space and build mental maps of the world,  and (5) the way in which different psychological and neurological conditions (e.g. dementia and epilepsy) affect memory and memory-related functions.

    We are exploring these important questions using a variety of sensitive memory tests, virtual reality tools, and brain activity recording methods, including Electroencephalogram (EEG) and functional MRI (fMRI). We collaborate widely with psychologists, neuropsychologists, linguists, biomedical engineers, animal physiologists, and neuroimagers.

    We have a dedicated Memory Lab in the Lord Balerno Building at Heriot-Watt University and use the Neurophysiology Lab in the Oriam Sports Centre to conduct our EEG research.

    You can learn more about our research, lab members, and keep up to date with recent news, events, opportunities, and publications via our dedicated Memory Lab website. You can also follow us on Twitter (@HWMemoryLab) for regular updates.

    If you’d like to discuss our research, potential opportunities to join the lab, or volunteer for any of our studies, you can contact us via email.

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