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Peggy L. St Jacques, PhD

Assistant Professor



About Me

I obtained my PhD in Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University, USA, after completing an Honours BSc in Psychology at the University of Toronto, Canada. I then conducted an NRSA funded post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard University, USA, before moving to the UK as a Lecturer in the School of Psychology at the University of Sussex, UK. I am now an Assistant Professor at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada where I direct the Memory for Events Lab. I was recently named an Association for Psychological Science Rising Star and elected to the prestigious Memory Disorders Research Society. One of my favourite autobiographical memories is when I visited a Balsamic Vinegar House in the Reggio Emilia area in Italy.


My primary research focus is to understand the cognitive and neural mechanisms that support memory for events, including autobiographical experiences from one’s personal past and realistic experiences encoded in a more controlled setting. In particular, I am interested in how long-term representations of memory are modified via retrieval related mechanisms. I have also examined how memories change as we age, the influence of emotion on memory, and memory related changes in dementia and post-traumatic stress disorder. 


Some Representative Publications:

Iriye H, St. Jacques PL. Construction and elaboration of autobiographical memories from multiple visual perspectives. Preprint.

Marcotti P, St. Jacques PL. (2018). Shifting visual perspective during memory retrieval reduces the accuracy of subsequent memories. Memory, 26(3), 330-341. Special Issue on The Ever-Changing Engram: Towards an Integrated Understanding of Long-Term Memory Dynamics (A Hupbach, Ed).

St. Jacques PL, Spzunar KK, Schacter DL. (2017). Shifting visual perspective during retrieval shapes autobiographical memories. NeuroImage, 148, 103-114.

St. Jacques PL, Olm C, Schacter DL. Neural mechanisms of reactivation-related updating that enhance and distort memory. (2013). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 110(49), 19671-19678.


PSYCO 104: Basic Psychological Processes

PSYCO 350: Human Memory