Jack Mizell

Mentor: Dr. William Perlstein
Health Psychology
 
"I wish to pursue research as a career. I am particularly interested in how cognition research can impact clinical care and rehabilitation"

Major

Linguistics

Minor

N/A

Research Interests

  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Neurolinguistics
  • Neurodegeneration

Organizations

  • Linguistics Society
  • Pride Student Union

Volunteer

  • Cognition & Aging Lab
  • Wellness Florida- HIV Prevention
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Hobbies and Interests

  • Lifting
  • Comic Books
  • Transgender Research
  • Doodling

Research Description

Memory, Intentionality, and Executive Function in Parkinson's Disease
This project will test the theory that memory deficits in Parkinson’s disease (PD) are mediated by deficits in executive functioning using the Retrieval-Induced-Forgetting (RIF) paradigm. This paradigm is based on the theory that one mechanism of forgetting is the result of executive inhibition (Anderson 2003). This effect is shown in healthy people, in healthy aging (Hogge, Adam, & Collette, 2008), as well as clinical populations where memory is the main impairment such as Alzheimer’s disease (Moulin, Perfect, Conway, North, Jones & James, 2002). However, this effect is lessened in clinical populations where the frontal-subcortical and connections have been impaired as, for example, in schizophrenia (Potts, Law, Golding, & Groome, 2012) and ADHD (Storm & White, 2010). As PD also consists of a critical frontal-subcortical disruption, determining the RIF effect is lessened in PD could illuminate the origins of memory deficits characterized by the disorder. Also included is a novel experimental task that aims to distinguish between exogenous and endogenous motor initiation.