Zacks receives $1.5 million grant to understand event memory

Jeffrey M. Zacks, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology in Arts & Sciences, has received a five-year, $1,548,619 grant from the National Institute on Aging for research titled “Encoding and Remembering Events Across the Life Span.”

The research, also supported by the School of Medicine’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, will test how people’s understanding of everyday events changes as they grow older.

Behavioral, neurophysiological and neuroanatomic data will be collected on participants ranging in age from college students to 80 years.

Other collaborators include Denise Head, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology and of African and African American Studies in Arts & Sciences and research assistant professor of radiology in the School of Medicine; and two researchers from Michigan State University: Rose T. Zacks, Ph.D., professor of psychology, and D. Zachary Hambrick, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology.