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essential for successful everyday functioning and high-level concepts such as self-identity, the ability to forget outdated information and to update memories in the light of new relevant information is equally important.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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Zhang, M., & Hupbach, A. (2020). Repeated encoding fosters retention of perceptual detail in visual recognition memory. Learning & Memory, 27, 457-461.

Scully, I. D. & Hupbach, A. (2020). Directed forgetting affects how we remember and judge other people. Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, 9, 336-344.

Sabia, M & Hupbach, A. (2020). Stress-induced increase in cortisol negatively affects the consolidation of contextual elements of episodic memories. Brain Sciences, 10, 358.

Scully, I.D. & Hupbach, A. (2020). Different reactivation procedures enable or prevent episodic memory updating. Hippocampus, 30, 806– 814.

Dongaonkar, B., Hupbach, A., & Nadel, L., & Chattarji, S. (2019). Differential effects of unipolar versus bipolar depression on episodic memory updating. 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. (2018). Long-term effects of directed forgetting. Memory, 26, 321-329.

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

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.

Chandler-Ullmann room 108
Ph.D., University of Trier (Germany), 2000
Diplom, University of Trier (Germany), 1996

Teaching Interests: 

Cognitive Neuroscience
Cognitive Psychology