Attention and Memory Laboratory

 What do we do in the Attention and Memory lab? Dr. Ciara Greene explains.

The Attention and Memory lab (AM lab) was established in 2014 by Dr Ciara Greene to explore the cognitive processes of attention and memory and the ways in which they interact in everyday life. The lab currently comprises a group of 8 staff and graduate students. Our studies investigate topics such as reducing distraction to improve learning and memory; the phenomenon of ‘inattentional blindness’ (i.e. the failure to notice unexpected objects in the environment); and the influence of emotional state on memory. We use a range of techniques including behavioural measures, eyetracking, virtual reality and neuroimaging. Our research is funded by the Irish Research Council and the Fulbright Commission of Ireland.


  • Our mission is to advance current understanding of attention and memory processes and their neural underpinnings.
  • Our lab also aims to apply well-established scientific theories and paradigms to real-world problems. These include attentional failures while driving, distractibility during learning (e.g. in schools), and eyewitness memory errors.
  • Please email us at for summer opportunities or to participate in one of our studies.


Contact Details

Phone: 01-716-8334


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