Rachel Diana

The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation recognizes Rachel Diana, an assistant professor of psychology in the College of Science, for her efforts to understand the way human memory works.

Photo of Scholar of the Week Rachel DianaDiana’s area of specialization is the psychology and cognitive neuroscience of memory. She has conducted research into the retrieval processes operating in recognition memory using behavioral techniques, event-related potentials, and computational modeling to assess the predictions of single and dual-process models of recognition. She has extended this work into the study of the brain by developing and testing a model of medial temporal lobe function in episodic memory.

She also serves as director of the Measurement of Episodic Memory laboratory at Virginia Tech. Among its research efforts, the MEM lab investigates the most effective ways to remember words, pictures, and events, as well as the physiological correlates of memory processes. The goal of this research is to develop and test theories of memory that explain cognitive experiences related to memory and how those cognitive experiences are produced by the brain.

Diana received her bachelor’s in psychology from Presbyterian College and her master’s and Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University.

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