Social Memory & Cognition Lab  Ι  Department of Psychology

Lab Director: Professor Suparna Rajaram     

Our lab conducts research on human learning and memory with an emphasis on the social aspects of memory.  The aim is to understand how social influences shape memory and learning, the transmission of memory in groups and social networks, social shaping and transmission of emotional memories, and the emergence of collective memory.  

R&PP (PPS, 2010) Framework

This research addresses questions about how memory propagates among social connections and the consequences of such memory contagion, the indirect influence on our memories of people in our social networks whom we have never met, sharing of emotional memories in social groups, changes in our memory representations as a result of reminiscing with others, social memory and aging, effects of social and non-social scaffolding on learning and using general knowledge, and the emergence of collective memory.

Our research has been supported by the National Institute of Mental Health, National Science Foundation, Russell Sage Foundation, and a Google Faculty Research Award.

Our recent papers on the social transmission of memory 

Psych Science Cover



        Luhmann & Rajaram (2015)

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JCP Cover (2)



         Choi, Blumen, Congleton, & Rajaram (2014)




For detailed information on various lines of research in our lab, please see our list of publications.