The Memory and Brain Lab's current research is focused on the intersection of attention and working memory. In particular, we are interested in how we can switch our attention among items already held in working memory, particularly visual working memory. To understand something about how this happens, the Memory & Brain Laboratory at the University of Nevada has conducted a number of studies collecting behavioral, EEG, tDCS, and fNIRS data.



Marian Berryhill

Dr. Berryhill became interested in cognitive neuroscience as an undergraduate at Hamilton College where she studied vibrotactile perception with Dr. George Gescheider. This lead her to graduate training with Dr. Howard C. Hughes at Dartmouth College where she spent time violating Hick’s Law and learning about eye movements. Her postdoc mentor at the University of Pennsylvania and Temple University, Dr. Ingrid Olson, guided her toward studies of episodic and working memory in neuropsychological patients. Dr. Berryhill joined the faculty at the University of Nevada in 2010 where she is a member of the Program in Cognitive and Brain Sciences in the Department of Psychology and a member of the interdisciplinary Program in Integrative Neurosciences.



Adelle Cerreta

Adelle earned her undergraduate degree at the University of California, Berkeley. There, she spent time in the Bunge, Shimamura, and Walker laboratories. Her current work uses neuroimaging to investigate the mechanisms of working memory at the behavioral and neural levels. She is also interested in translational work that will apply her findings to interventions that stabilize or improve working memory performance. We welcomed her to the Memory & Brain lab in 2015.


Hector Arciniega

Hector began work in the Memory & Brain Lab as an undergraduate at the University of Nevada where he also earned a certificate in Geriatric Studies. He is now continuing as a graduate student with research focused on agerelated working memory changes. He is also interested in how concussion alters attentional abilities.


Attention-Related Publications

Peterson DJ, Gurariy G, Dimotsantos G, Arciniega H, Berryhill ME, Caplovitz GP (2014). The steadystate visual evoked potential reveals neural correlates of the items encoded into visual working memory. Neuropsychologia, 63, 145-153. DOI: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2014.08.020. PMCID: PMC4194158.

Gözenman F, Tanoue RT, Metoyer T, Berryhill ME (2014). Invalid retrocues can eliminate the retrocue benefit: Evidence for a hybridized account. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 40(5):1748-54. DOI: 10.1037/a0037474. PMCID: PMC4172509.

Janczyk M, Berryhill ME (2014). Orienting attention in visual working memory requires central capacity: Decreased retrocue effects under dualtask conditions. Attention, Perception and Psychophysics, 76, 715-724. DOI 10.3758/s134140130615x. PMCID: PMC4080723.

Tanoue RT, Jones KT, Peterson DP, Berryhill ME (2013). Pre- and retro-cueing differentially rely on prefrontal activations: a tDCS investigation. Brain Stimulation, 6, 675-682. DOI: 10.1016/j.brs.2012.11.003. PMCID: PMC3608701.

Tanoue RT, Berryhill ME (2012). The mental wormhole: Internal attention shifts without regard for distance. Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, 74, 6, 1199-1215. DOI: 10.3758/s1341401203050.