University of Winnipeg, 2008, B.A., Honours
University of British Columbia, 2013, M.A., Cognitive Science
I am primarily interested in prospective memory – the cognitive function we use to carry out plans in the future. Typically we carry out these tasks while we are engaged in another ongoing activity. For example, if your plan is to go grocery shopping on your way home, you must remember to do so while you are busy driving home. 
In my Master’s work, I focused on the interpretations we make regarding memory failures. Despite the fact that both prospective and retrospective memory are cognitive functions, prospective memory failures are interpreted as resulting from personality flaws (e.g., you are unreliable), whereas retrospective memory failures are interpreted as simply memory problems (e.g., you are forgetful). 

In my PhD work, I investigate the processes involved in switching our attention between the ongoing activity and the planned task. Specifically, I am interest in the effects of executing a planned task on the processing of concurrent stimuli, and what those effects can tell us about the processes involved in switching. For example, as we drive past the grocery store, how is it that we remember our plan while we are occupied with driving? And how does retrieving our plan to grocery shop impact our performance on the ongoing activity of driving? These are the questions my dissertation aims to address. 

Papers:

Crease Lark, M. L., Jamieson, R. K., & Graf, P. (in preparation). Cue contamination.

Smith, S. D., McIver, T. A., Di Nella, M. S. J., & Crease, M. L. (2011). The effects of valence and arousal on the emotional modulation of time perception: Evidence for multiple stages of processing, Emotion, 11(6), 1305-1313.

Conference Presentations

Crease Lark, M. L., Jamieson, R., & Graf, P. (2017). Optimal Prime: The influence of subliminal cue primes on prospective memory task performance. Poster presented at the 27th annual meeting of the Canadian Society for Brain, Behavioural and Cognitive Science, Regina, SK, June 2-4.

Crease Lark, M. L., Jamieson, R., & Graf, P. (2016). Differential effects of focal and non-focal cues on ongoing task performance in prospective memory. Poster presented at the 77th CPA Annual Convention, Victoria, BC, June 9-11.

Crease Lark, M. L., Graf, P. & Jamieson, R. (2015). Cue contamination: Prospective memory cues disrupt retrospective memory retrieval. Poster presented at the 25th annual meeting of the Canadian Society for Brain, Behavioural and Cognitive Science, Ottawa, ON, June 5-7.

Crease Lark, M. L., Graf, P. & Jamieson, R. (2015). Prospective memory cues contaminate memory for surrounding stimuli. Poster presented at the 11th biennial meeting of the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, Victoria, BC, June 24-27.

Crease, M. L., Graf, P. & Jamieson, R. (2014). A bird in the hand: Prospective memory cues disrupt encoding of surrounding stimuli. Poster presented at the 24th annual meeting of the Canadian Society for Brain, Behavioural and Cognitive Science, Toronto, ON, July 3-5.

Crease, M. L., Graf, P. & Jamieson, R. K. (2014). Bird is the word: The next-in-line effect and prospective memory. Poster presented at the Canadian Psychological Association’s 75th Annual Convention, Vancouver, BC, June 5-7.

Crease, M. L., Graf, P. & Lee, C. (2013). Thanks for the memory…failures! The effect of priming memory fallibility on memory failure interpretations. Poster presented at the 23rd annual meeting of the Canadian Society for Brain, Behavioural and Cognitive Science, Calgary, AB, June 7-9.

Crease, M. L., Graf, P. & Lee, C. (2013). Priming memory fallibility influences memory failure attributions. Paper presented at the 15th annual Northwest Cognition and Memory conference, Surrey, BC, May 16-18.

Gill, R., Crease, M. L., & Graf, P. (2013). Let’s play the blame game, sir: The effects of social hierarchy on the attribution of blame for memory failures. Poster presented at the 23rd annual meeting of the Canadian Society for Brain, Behavioural and Cognitive Science, Calgary, AB, June 7-9.

Gill, R., Crease, M. L., & Graf, P. (2013). Memory failures: Who is to blame when we forget? Paper presented at the 15th annual Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference, Vancouver, BC, March 22-23.

Solomon, S., Crease, M. L., & Graf, P. (2013). Gender effects on the interpretation of memory failures. Poster presented at the 15th annual Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference, Vancouver, BC, March 22-23.

Crease, M. L., Graf, P. & Belchev, Z. (2012). Who is to blame when we forget? Poster presented at the 22nd annual meeting of the Canadian Society for Brain, Behavioural and Cognitive Science, Kingston, ON, June 7-9.

Crease, M. L., Graf, P. & Belchev, Z. (2012). Who is to blame when we forget? Poster presented at the 14th annual Northwest Cognition and Memory conference, Vancouver, BC, May 10-12.

Crease, M. L., Di Nella, M. S. J., & Smith, S.D. (2011). Negative, but not erotic, images lead to over-estimations of exposure duration. Poster presented at the 21st annual meeting of the Canadian Society for Brain, Behavioural, and Cognitive Science, Winnipeg, MB, June 24-26.

Smith, S. D., McIver, T. A., Di Nella, M. S. J., & Crease, M. L. (2010). The effect of emotional valence and arousal on time perception: Evidence from a temporal bisection task. Poster presented at the 20th annual meeting of the Canadian Society for Brain, Behavioural, and Cognitive Science, Halfax, NS, June 11-13.

 

Crease, M. L., & Smith, S. D. (2008) The influence of mood on hemispheric asymmetries for anomaly detection. Paper presented at the 27th Annual Prairie Undergraduate Research Conference, Winnipeg, MB, April 18.