Welcome to the Lifetime Learning Laboratory!

We conduct research on age-related learning changes. Our goals are to determine the causes of age-related learning differences and to find strategies for improving older adults’ learning performance.

Most studies are completed in a single 2-hour session.  Participants may be presented with words, pictures, or stories and then asked to describe what they saw or heard.

We are currently seeking volunteers from the community to participate in our research.  Participants will be compensated for their time.  Our eligibility requirements are as follows:

  • Must be at least 60 years old
  • Must be able to live independently
  • Must have no history of neurological problems
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Scenario 1:
He is in a hotel and is unable to sleep because the man in the adjacent room is snoring. He calls the snorer up (at this hotel, like many others, the phone numbers are based on the room number). The snorer wakes up and answers. The first man hangs up without saying anything and goes to sleep before the snorer starts snoring again.

Scenario 2:
Crossing the border, Hans and Fritz were required to fill out a personal information form, which asked, among other things, their birthdays. The German date ordering is day/month/year, rather than the American way, month/day/year. Fritz was born on, say, July 7th, so he wrote down 7/7/15 — no problem. Hans was born on, say, July 20th, so he wrote down 20/7/15 instead of the American way, 7/20/15. Since Hans had claimed to be a returning American, he was found out by the border police.

Scenario 3: 
The man was driving the wrong way on a one way street.


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Department of Psychology

Chair: Brian Healy

Hyde Hall, Room 401
8 a.m.–4:30 p.m., M–F

Phone: 603-535-2203
Email: cjmelanson@plymouth.edu
(Cynthia Melanson, Administrative Assistant)
Fax: 603-535-2412

Mailing Address
17 High Street
MSC 31
Plymouth, NH 03264