Memory Research Laboratory | Department of Psychology


David A. Gallo

David A. Gallo

Lab Director, Professor of Psychology

David A. Gallo joined the faculty of the University of Chicago in 2005. He received his B.A. from Wesleyan University in 1997, his Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis in 2002, and was an NIH-sponsored postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University until 2005. He researches the basic neurocognitive processes of human memory, how we actively (and sometimes inaccurately) reconstruct the past, and how healthy aging and Alzheimer’s disease affect these processes.

email: dgallo [at]

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Gabriella V. Hirsch

Gabriella V. Hirsch

PhD Student, Integrative Neuroscience

Gabriella’s research interests lie at the intersection of human memory, memory distortion, and healthy cognitive aging using behavioral, functional neuroimaging, and brain stimulation methods.

email: gvhirsch [at]

Anjana Chandran

Anjana Chandran

PhD Student, Social Psychology

Anjana is interested in intersectional research related to social cognition: variables and processes within the perceiver’s social mind such as status comparisons, differences in belief systems, threat and reward perceptions, and their impact upon impressions or memories of targets as well as emotions and behavior towards targets. 

email: anjanachandran [at]

Nicole Miller

Nicole Miller

PhD Student, Cognitive Psychology

Nicole is interested in investigating memory deficits and compensation in cognitively-healthy older adults, as well as exploring context reinstatement in relation to the production of false memories.    

email: nicolemiller [at]

Current Master’s Students

  • Tesnim Arar, MAPSS Student

Lab Alumni

  • Taylor Chamberlain, Lab Manager 
  • Xian Li, MA ’18
  • Christina Yu, MA ’18

Previous PhD Students

  • Manoj Doss, PhD ’18
  • Yung-Tsen Chen, PhD ’18
  • Stephen Gray, PhD ’16
  • Jessica Wong, PhD ’13
  • Sasha Cervantes, PhD ’13
  • Ian McDonough, PhD ’11