Almut Hupbach

Memory is not a static repository of learned facts and experienced events.  Rather, memory is dynamic and reconstructive in nature.  While a relatively stable and fixed core knowledge seems essential for successful everyday functioning and high-level concepts such as self-identity, the ability to forget outdated information and to update memories in the light of new relevant information is equally important.  Understanding the dynamics of memory change is the central focus of my research agenda.  In my lab, I study  -- both in children and adults -- the circumstances permitting induction of plasticity in long-term memory, and how this can lead to memory change with and without accompanying conscious awareness. 

Recent Publications
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Scully, I. D. & Hupbach, A. (in press). Directed forgetting affects how we remember and judge other people. Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition.

Sabia, M & Hupbach, A. (2020). Stress-induced increase in cortisol negatively affects the consolidation of contextual elements of episodic memories. Brain Sciences.

Scully, I.D. & Hupbach, A. (2019). Different reactivation procedures enable or prevent episodic memory updating. Hippocampus

Dongaonkar, B., Hupbach, A., & Nadel, L., & Chattarji, S. (2019). Differential effects of unipolar versus bipolar depression on episodic memory. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 161, 158-168.

Hupbach, A. (2018). The Ever-Changing Engram: Towards an Integrated Understanding of Long-Term Memory Dynamics. Memory, 26, 291-293.

Hupbach, A., Weinberg, J., & Shiebler, V. (2018).  Forget-me, forget-me not: Evidence for directed forgetting in preschoolers. Cognitive Development, 45, 24-30.

Hupbach, A. (2018). Long-term effects of directed forgetting. Memory, 321-329.

Scully, I., Napper, L, & Hupbach, A. (2017). Does reactivation trigger episodic memory change? A meta-analysis. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 124, 99-107.

Sabia, M., Hardt, O., & Hupbach, A. (2017). The long-term consequences of correctly rejecting and falsely accepting target-related foils in visual recognition memory. Learning and Motivation, 57, 67-81.

Hupbach, A. (2015). Retrieval practice does not safeguard memories from interference-based forgetting. Learning and Motivation, 49, 23-30.

Hupbach, A., & *Dorskind, J. (2014). Stress selectively affects reactivated components of a declarative memory. Behavioral Neuroscience, 128, 614-620.

Hupbach, A. & Sahakyan, L. (2014). Additional boundary condition of list-wise directed forgetting: The effect of presentation format. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, & Cognition, 40, 596-601.

Funk, A. & Hupbach, A. (2014). Memory for emotionally-arousing items: context pre-exposure enhances subsequent context-item binding. Emotion, 14, 611-614.

Gershman S. J., Schapiro, A. C., Hupbach, A., & Norman, K. A. (2013). Neural context reinstatement predicts memory misattribution. The Journal of Neuroscience, 33, 8590-8595.

Hupbach, A. (2013). When forgetting preserves memory. Frontiers in Psychology, 4:32.

Dongaonkar, B., Hupbach, A., Gomez, R., & Nadel, L. (2013). Effects of Psychosocial Stress on Episodic Memory Updating. Psychopharmacology, 226, 769-779.

Associate Professor
Director of Graduate Studies
Chandler-Ullmann room 108
Ph.D., University of Trier (Germany), 2000
Diplom, University of Trier (Germany), 1996

Teaching Interests: 

Cognitive Neuroscience
Cognitive Psychology