Riggins, Tracy

Tracy Riggins
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
Program in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science
College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
2147J Biology-Psychology Building
Phone: 
301-405-5905
General Research Interests: 
  • Remembering versus Knowing
  • Predicting What Children Will Remember
  • Development of Memory Neworks
  • Memory in Special Populations

The goal of Dr. Riggins' research program is to provide better understanding of memory development by examining changes in neural substrates supporting this ability. The empirical research conducted in her laboratory involves both typically developing children and children at-risk for cognitive impairments and uses a combination of behavioral, electrophysiological, and neuroimaging methodologies. Findings from her research have revealed that early childhood is a time of rapid change in children’s ability to remember life events. Dr. Riggins was recently awarded a 5-year grant from NIH to examine the neural mechanisms underlying these changes in memory in children aged 4 to 8 years. 

Research examples

Hippocampal-memory network development and episodic memory in early childhood

Background: 

Tracy Riggins received her Ph.D. in Child Psychology from the Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota in 2005. She completed postdoctoral fellowships in pediatric neuroimaging at the University of California, Davis and the University of Maryland, School of Medicine in Baltimore.