About Tanya Jonker

We tend to think that retrieval is the way we access the contents of our memory. However, the act of remembering can shape our memories, changing them in important ways. In fact, retrieval has a number of known effects on memories: It can result in acute forgetting of related information (retrieval-induced forgetting), enhanced memory for the retrieved and related material over the longer term (the testing effect, retrieval-induced facilitation), or misremembering of similar information (reactivation-induced false memory).

My research focuses on this interesting feature of the memory system, with the goal of understanding how retrieval and reactivation shape memory, and the role that contextual features (environmental, temporal, internal, etc.) play in this shaping process.

I am currently pursuing these research goals as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Davis, in the Dynamic Memory Lab.