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Feb. 12, 2016

Becky Earhart, a PhD student in the Developmental Psychology program at Laurier, recently won the Laurier Graduate Student Poster Competition for her poster entitled, “Source Monitoring Processes at Encoding and Retrieval.” Earhart works in the Child Memory Lab, directed by Psychology Professor Kim Roberts.

The judging panel included Joan Norris, professor in Laurier’s Department of Psychology and dean of Laurier’s Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, Carmel Branston, associate director of Laurier’s Masters of Business Administration program, and Robert Gordon, vice-president: Research.

“It’s exciting to see our graduate students sharing their high quality research with the wider Laurier community,” said Norris.

Earhart works in the Child Memory Lab along with four other graduate students, Lab Manager Jennifer Lawley and numerous undergraduate students and research assistants.

“I found out about Dr. Roberts’ research when I was completing my undergraduate thesis examining children's memory for repeated events,” said Earhart. “I was excited to come to Laurier to do my graduate work with a leader in the field of children’s memory.”

The Child Memory Lab focuses on the accuracy of children's memories for things they have experienced and learned. The lab also works with forensic investigators, including police and social workers, to study different interviewing practices that may help to elicit the most reliable memories possible from children. This research has applications when children are providing testimony in court proceedings related to maltreatment, abuse, or custody among other issues.

“I absolutely love what I study and the research environment at Laurier has been really stimulating,” said Earhart when asked to describe what she has enjoyed most about her time at Laurier. “It’s great to have opportunities to share my work through poster sessions, as well as with undergraduate students. I hope to inspire them to learn more about developmental psychology.”

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