Aging, Culture, and Memory Binding: A Cross-Cultural Comparison between China and Canada (CAMB):
This project investigates the cultural differences in age-related deficit in memory binding through a comparison between Chinese Eastern and Canadian Western cultures. It is jointly funded through CIHR and NSFC. The general objective of the proposed study is two-fold: a) to determine how culture moderates age-related binding deficits using behavioural and electrophysiological measures; and b) to examine training-induced plasticity of memory binding in older adults. By identifying the influences of age and culture on memory binding, our findings will provide novel insights into the relative contributions of nature (i.e., biological decline) and nurture (i.e., cultural experience) to cognitive aging. Beyond its theoretical impact, this research will introduce and test a novel culture-sensitive approach to cognitive training. Cognitive training has the potential to improve mental health and quality of life among older adults in both Canada and China, thereby reducing care-giving burdens on families and society.
Culture, Age, and Source Monitoring (CAS):
In this project, we are interested in cultural effect and age differences in source monitoring. Specifically we will focus on the processing of sources that carry more cultural meanings. The paradigms we will adopt include conceptual source memory, reality monitoring, external and internal source monitoring tasks.