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Western Kentucky University

Department of Psychology

Attention and Memory Lab

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Research assistants in Dr. Redifer's Attention & Memory Lab code data from an ongoing creativity study



Dr. Jenni Redifer
Attention & Memory Lab Director

Dr. Redifer earned her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Florida in 2012. Her research focuses on three areas: working memory capacity, cognitive strategy use, and creative problem-solving. In her research, Dr. Redifer focuses on applications of cognitive concepts to academic settings, particularly in college-age learners. In addition to directing the Attention & Memory Lab, Dr. Redifer is a member of the Rock Solid Evaluation Team, investigating the effectiveness of school improvement programs in 122 Kentucky Schools. She also teaches PSY 310-Educational Psychology, PSY 405-Cognitive Psychology, and EDLD 722-Research Methods for Educational Leaders.


Shelbi Broeking
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Originally from Clark County, Shelbi is a junior in the Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science. She joined the Attention and Memory Lab because psychology has always piqued her interest and finds learning about the mind fascinating. Shelbi finds it wonderful to participate in making discoveries while learning and expanding her own knowledge about research techniques. Her research project is a student-authored paper on the relationship between academic performance and creativity. In the Attention and Memory Lab, Shelbi says that she has realized that there is no limit to the amount of information that can be learned about the human brain and behavior. Most importantly, Shelbi has learned that psychology is something that she is extremely interested in pursuing.


Olivia Estill
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Olivia Estill is a senior Psychology major from Frankfort, KY. She joined the Attention and Memory lab because she was eager to try something new. Olivia never thought research was something in which she would be interested- but she was soon proven wrong! Last semester, Olivia designed a project for PSY 490 to study whether creativity could influence memory performance in older adults. This semester, she's comparing various assessments of creativity. Olivia is interested in pursuing an education in occupational therapy and investigating how creative occupations/forms of therapy could potentially benefit patients. Both of her 490 projects, along with her other experiences in the lab, have helped prepare her for future studies. Olivia also says that is has been a lot of fun to work closely with Dr. Redifer and the other research assistants.


Donald Eugene Evans II
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Donald is an Extended Psychology major from Louisville, Kentucky. Donald joined the lab because he found it as a good basis to start what he plans to do for the rest of his life, while getting to do hands on research. Donald says that the Attention and Memory Lab has given him a sense of enjoyment and importance as it applies much of the information he has learned throughout his college career. As part of PSY 490, he is conducting a literature review on Alzheimer's and how it affects working memory. Donald chose this are because the brain's functioning fascinates him. Donald is considering graduate programs in counseling and clinical psychology.


Casey Fortney
Undergraduate Research Assistant & FUSE grant recipient

Casey Fortney is a Psychology major from Bowling Green. In addition to working in the Attention and Memory Lab, Casey is on the Leadership Team of WKU's Baptist Campus Ministry. Casey joined the lab to gain first-hand experience in research and to explore possibilities for a career. His research project is the Study Methods Study. Casey is comparing three different study methods in order to determine how effective they are for college students. Casey has learned that Psychology research can be very complex and difficult to design. The designs themselves take a lot of creativity and literature review to effectively work.


Stephen King
Graduate Research Assistant

Originally from Carlisle County, Kentucky, Stephen attended the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science and has been at WKU ever since. Stephen is a former member of the Racquetball and Russian clubs and a current member of the Psychology Club. Outside of school, Stephen is interested in card and video games. These lines of interest have led Stephen to begin his thesis on the psychological qualities of professional video game fans. Originally joining the lab as part of his graduate assistantship assignment, Stephen has learned a lot about the process and challenges of human subjects research. With a vastly increased respect for research and the researchers that vigilantly pursue new knowledge, Stephen reports greatly enjoying his experience in the lab thanks to the wonderful guidance and leadership of Dr. Redifer.


McKenzie Perdew
Undergraduate Research Assistant

McKenzie is an Extended Psychology major from Shepherdsville, Kentucky. McKenzie is a Resident Assistant in Minton Hall, as well as a HonorsTopper for the Honors College, an ambassador for the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, and the secretary for the Psychology Club. She has enjoyed her time spent in Dr. Redifer's Attention and Memory Lab. Throughout her two years in the lab, McKenzie has learned the ins and outs of conducting research, as well as the fact that psychology is where she is meant to be. She has absolutely enjoyed working closely with Dr. Redifer and her fellow research assistants. McKenzie's interests lie in studying academic dishonesty and individuals with learning disabilities. After graduation, McKenzie plans to apply to the WKU School Psychology graduate program.


Hannah Wilson
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Hannah Wilson is a junior from Louisville, Kentucky. She joined the lab because she wanted to learn more about working memory, as well as psychological research in general. Hannah's 490 research project looks at the reliability and validity of different working memory measures, comparing the procedures of each one and describing which measures are best used in different situations. This 490 research will also help Hannah in designing a working memory experiment to use for her honors thesis research.



Where are they now?

Laura Hollowell (Bickett), former research assistant (WKU Class of 2013) is now a Masters Student in Clinical Psychology at the University of Indianapolis.

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 Last Modified 12/8/14