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Meet the members of our lab!



Dr. Patricia Bauer
Principal Investigator

Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Psychology

Editor-in-Chief of Psychological Science


The primary work of our laboratory is the study of memory and how it develops from infancy onward. By combining behavioral and electrophysiological (ERP) measures, my colleagues and I are working to understand how the functional changes we observe relate to developments in the basis processes of encoding, consolidation, storage, and retrieval of information from memory; and to neuro-developmental changes that take place in the same period of time. We are especially interested in how children and adults combine or integrate separate yet related episodes of new learning and extend beyond it to actually self-generate new factual knowledge. We pursue these questions in the laboratory and in the classroom, using behavioral methods as well as eye-tracking and ERPs to shed light on the cognitive processes involved in this important means of accumulation of knowledge.

Hilary Miller-Goldwater, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow

Hilary has been a postdoctoral researcher since June 2018. She completed her doctoral dissertation in psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her dissertation focused on the role that language and visual attention play in the development of children’s spatial skills. She is particularly interested in understanding how children and adults acquire STEM-related skills and knowledge. To investigate these issues, she uses multiple methodologies including eye-tracking, textual analysis, coding of children’s speech and gesture and coding of parent interactions. In the Bauer lab she is working on projects related to how children implicitly integrate and self-derive new knowledge, how the content of story books and parent-child interaction around story books facilitates children’s learning, and how undergraduate students learn from diagrams in STEM courses. Check out her personal website for more information.

Jessica Dugan Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow


Jessica graduated from the Honors College at the College of Charleston in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in psychology and a focus in behavioral neuroscience. She joined the Bauer lab in the fall of 2014. Broadly speaking, she is interested in the development of semantic memory in both humans and nonhuman primates. She is particularly fascinated by generative processes that allow for extension of knowledge and the role that metacognition plays in these processes. She studies these processes in school-aged children and adults using both behavioral and eye-tracking techniques. As a Mechanisms of Learning NRSA Fellow, she collaborates with Dr. Rob Hampton, and through this collaboration she is extending her work on self-generation and metacognition to rhesus monkeys using computerized cognitive testing.

Julia Wilson, M.A.
Doctoral Candidate

Julia graduated from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a concentration in Neuroscience. She joined the Bauer lab as graduate student in August 2018. Julia’s research interests lie in how we build a semantic knowledge base across development. In particular, she is interested in examining how we can facilitate the process of integration of factual information across separate episodes of learning (such as integrating information across lectures in a class) and subsequent self-generation of novel information. She is also interested in studying learning processes that support retention and knowledge change.

Lucy Cronin-Golomb, M.A.
Doctoral Candidate


Lucy graduated in 2017 from Tufts University with degrees in Biopsychology and English. Broadly speaking, her work focuses of semantic memory development. Specifically, she is interested in ways of maximizing child and adult learning outside of the classroom. She focuses on several different memory processes including factual recall, inferential reasoning, and self-derivation through memory integration. Lucy is a Mechanisms of Learning NRSA fellow.



Greer Spradling
Lab Coordinator

Greer graduated from Emory University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a double major in Sociology in May of 2022. As an undergraduate, she worked in Dr. Lilienfeld’s Lab on a number of studies focused on intellectual humility and cognitive biases. She has been a Lab Coordinator in the Bauer Memory Development Lab since June of 2022.



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