Peggy St Jacques, PhD, Honors BSc

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Science - Psychology Science

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Assistant Professor, Faculty of Science - Psychology Science
Email
peggy.stjacques@ualberta.ca

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https://stjacques.youcanbook.me

Overview

Area of Study / Keywords

Autobiographical Memory Memories for Events Visual Perspective Functional Neuroimaging


About

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.


Research

Memory for Events Lab:

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. The two current research areas in the lab are: 1) how long-term representations of memory are modified via retrieval related mechanisms, and 2) the influence of visual perspective on memory encoding and retrieval. 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. We primarily use behavioral, fMRI, and immersive virtual reality techniques to understand these questions.

 

Some Representative Publications:

Iriye H, St. Jacques PL. (In Press) How Visual Perspective Influences the Spatiotemporal Dynamics of Autobiographical Memory Retrieval. Cortex.

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.


Funding:

NSERC Discovery Grant, 2019 - 2025


Teaching

PSYCO 104: Basic Psychological Processes

PSYCO 350: Human Memory

Announcements

Students interested in getting involved in the lab should refer to the Memory for Events Lab website for information on how to apply.

For information about applying to the graduate program in the Department of Psychology graduate see here.

Courses

PSYCO 104 - Basic Psychological Processes

Principles and development of perception, motivation, learning, and thinking and their relationship to the psychological functioning of the individual. Fulfillment of the 1/4 laboratory credit typically entails serving as a research participant, but can be fulfilled through the completion of alternative assignments. The course is a prerequisite to all courses in the department and is normally followed by PSYCO 105. [Faculty of Science]

Fall Term 2020 Winter Term 2021
PSYCO 350 - Human Memory

An introduction to the study of human memory. Topics include verbal learning and interference theory, the short-term/long-term memory distinction, semantic memory, working memory, sensory memory, autobiographical memory, amnesia, and implicit memory. The emphasis will be on developing coherent theoretical accounts of the evidence. Prerequisite: PSYCO 258. [Faculty of Arts]

Winter Term 2021

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Publications

Differential contribution of dorsomedial prefrontal and posterior parietal cortices during counterfactual and perspective shifts of episodic autobiographical memories
Author(s): Faul L, St. Jacques PL, DeRosa J, Parikh N, De Brigard, F.
Publication Date: 7/15/2020
Publication: NeuroImage
Volume: 15
External Link: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2020.116843
How Visual Perspective Influences the Spatiotemporal Dynamics of Autobiographical Memory Retrieval
Author(s): Iriye H, St. Jacques PL
Publication Date: 5/25/2020
Publication: Cortex
External Link: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cortex.2020.05.007
Classification of general and personal semantic details in the Autobiographical Interview
Author(s): Renoult L, Armson MJ, Diamond NB, Fan C, Jeyakumar N, Levesque L, Oliva L, McKinnon M, Papadopoulos A, Selarka D, St. Jacques PL, Levine B
Publication Date: 5/21/2020
Publication: Neuropsychologia
External Link: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2020.107501
A new perspective on visual perspective on visual perspective in memory
Author(s): St. Jacques PL
Publication Date: 7/12/2019
Publication: Current Directions in Psychological Science
Volume: 28
Issue: 5
Page Numbers: 450-455
External Link: https://doi.org/10.1177/0963721419850158
Meta-analysis of aging effects in mind wandering: methodological and socio-demographical factors
Author(s): Jordão M, Ferreira-Santos F, Pinho MS, St Jacques PL
Publication Date: 2019
Publication: Psychology & Aging
Volume: 34
Issue: 4
Page Numbers: 531-544
External Link: https://doi.org/10.1037/pag0000356
Inducing spontaneous future thoughts in younger and older adults by priming future-oriented personal goals
Author(s): Jordão M, Pinho MS, St. Jacques PL
Publication Date: 2019
Publication: Psychological Research
Volume: 83
Issue: 4
Page Numbers: 710-726
External Link: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00426-019-01193-3
How thinking about what could have been affects how we feel about what was
Author(s): De Brigard F, Hanna E, St. Jacques PL, Schacter DL
Publication Date: 6/1/2018
Publication: Cognition and Emotion
Volume: 33
Issue: 4
Page Numbers: 646-659
External Link: https://doi.org/10.1080/02699931.2018.1478280
Shifting visual perspective during memory retrieval reduces the accuracy of subsequent memories.
Author(s): Marcotti P, St. Jacques PL
Publication Date: 2018
Publication: Memory
Volume: 26
Issue: 3
Page Numbers: 330-341
External Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09658211.2017.1329441
Remembering and imagining alternative versions of the personal past
Author(s): St. Jacques PL, Carpenter, AC, Szpunar KK, Schacter DL
Publication Date: 2018
Publication: Neuropsychologia
Volume: 110
Page Numbers: 170-190
External Link: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0028393217302270
Shifting visual perspective during retrieval shapes autobiographical memories
Author(s): St. Jacques PL, Spzunar KK, Schacter DL
Publication Date: 2017
Publication: NeuroImage
Volume: 148
Page Numbers: 103-114
External Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2016.12.028
Emotional evaluation and memory in behavioral variant frontotemporal dementia
Author(s): St. Jacques PL, Grady C, Davidson P, Chow T
Publication Date: 2015
Publication: Neurocase
Volume: 21
Issue: 4
Page Numbers: 429-37
External Link: https://doi.org/10.1080/13554794.2014.917681
Modifying memory for a museum tour in older adults: Reactivation-induced updating that enhances and distorts memory is reduced in aging
Author(s): St. Jacques PL, Montgomery D, Schacter DL
Publication Date: 2015
Publication: Memory
Volume: 23
Issue: 6
Page Numbers: 876-87
External Link: https://doi.org/10.1080/09658211.2014.933241
Repetition-related reductions in default network activity reveal component processes of mental simulation
Author(s): Spzunar KK, St. Jacques PL, Robbins CA, Wig GS, Schacter DL
Publication Date: 2014
Publication: Social Cognitive & Affective Neuroscience
Volume: 9
Issue: 5
Page Numbers: 712-722
External Link: https://doi.org/10.1093/scan/nst035
Neural mechanisms of reactivation-related updating that enhance and distort memory
Author(s): St. Jacques PL, Olm C, Schacter DL
Publication Date: 2013
Publication: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA
Volume: 110
Issue: 49
Page Numbers: 19671-19678
External Link: https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1319630110
Neural networks supporting autobiographical memory retrieval in post-traumatic stress disorder
Author(s): St. Jacques PL, Kragel PA, Rubin DC
Publication Date: 2013
Publication: Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience
Volume: 13
Issue: 3
Page Numbers: 554-566
External Link: https://doi.org/10.3758/s13415-013-0157-7
Modifying memory: Selectively enhancing and updating personal memories for a museum tour by reactivating them
Author(s): St. Jacques PL, Schacter DL
Publication Date: 2013
Publication: Psychological Science
Volume: 24
Issue: 4
Page Numbers: 537-543
External Link: https://doi.org/10.1177/0956797612457377
Emotional Expressivity in Older and Younger Adults’ Descriptions of Personal Memories
Author(s): Schryer E, Ross M, St. Jacques PL, Levine B, Fernandes M
Publication Date: 2012
Publication: Experimental Aging Research
Volume: 38
Issue: 4
Page Numbers: 345-369
External Link: https://doi.org/10.1080/0361073X.2012.699364
Age-related effects on the neural correlates of autobiographical memory retrieval
Author(s): St. Jacques PL, Rubin DC, Cabeza R
Publication Date: 2012
Publication: Neurobiology of Aging
Volume: 33
Issue: 7
Page Numbers: 1298-12310
External Link: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neurobiolaging.2010.11.007
Temporal distribution of recollective memory
Author(s): Janssen SMJ, St. Jacques PL, Rubin DC
Publication Date: 2011
Publication: Memory & Cognition
Volume: 39
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 1-11
External Link: https://doi.org/10.3758/s13421-010-0003-x
Memory distortion: An adaptive perspective
Author(s): Schacter DL, Guerin S, St. Jacques PL
Publication Date: 2011
Publication: Trends in Cognitive Sciences
Volume: 15
Issue: 10
Page Numbers: 467-474
External Link: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tics.2011.08.004
Functional neuroimaging of autobiographical memory in post-traumatic stress disorder
Author(s): St. Jacques PL, Botzung A, Miles A, Rubin DC
Publication Date: 2011
Publication: Journal of Psychiatric Research
Volume: 45
Issue: 5
Page Numbers: 630-637
External Link: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpsychires.2010.10.011
Gender differences in autobiographical memory for everyday events: Retrieval elicited by SenseCam images versus verbal cues
Author(s): St. Jacques PL, Conway M, Cabeza R
Publication Date: 2011
Publication: Memory
Volume: 19
Issue: 7
Page Numbers: 723-732
External Link: https://doi.org/10.1080/09658211.2010.516266
Watching my mind unfold vs. yours: An fMRI study using a novel camera technology to examine the neural correlates of self-projection of self versus other
Author(s): St. Jacques PL, Conway MA, Lowder M, Cabeza R
Publication Date: 2011
Publication: Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience
Volume: 23
Issue: 6
Page Numbers: 1275-1284
External Link: https://doi.org/10.1162/jocn.2010.21518
Dynamic neural networks supporting memory retrieval
Author(s): St. Jacques PL, Kragel PA, Rubin DC
Publication Date: 2011
Publication: NeuroImage
Volume: 57
Issue: 2
Page Numbers: 608-616
External Link: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2011.04.039
Effects of aging on functional connectivity of the amgydala during negative emotional evaluation: A network analysis of fMRI data
Author(s): St. Jacques P, Dolcos F, Cabeza R
Publication Date: 2010
Publication: Neurobiology of Aging
Volume: 31
Issue: 2
Page Numbers: 315-327
External Link: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neurobiolaging.2008.03.012
Functional neuroimaging studies of aging and emotion: Fronto-amygdalar differences during emotional perception and episodic memory
Author(s): St. Jacques PL, Bessette-Symons B, Cabeza R
Publication Date: 2009
Publication: Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society
Volume: 15
Issue: 6
Page Numbers: 819-825
External Link: https://doi.org/10.1017/S1355617709990439
Effects of aging on functional connectivity of the amgydala during subsequent memory for negative pictures: A network analysis of fMRI data
Author(s): St. Jacques PL, Dolcos F, Cabeza R
Publication Date: 2009
Publication: Psychological Science
Volume: 20
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 74-84
External Link: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9280.2008.02258.x
The short and long of it: Neural correlates of temporal-order memory for autobiographical events
Author(s): St. Jacques PL, Rubin DC, LaBar K, Cabeza R
Publication Date: 2008
Publication: Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience
Volume: 20
Issue: 7
Page Numbers: 1327-1341
External Link: https://doi.org/10.1162/jocn.2008.20091
Functional neuroimaging of autobiographical memory
Author(s): Cabeza R, St. Jacques PL
Publication Date: 2007
Publication: Trends in Cognitive Sciences
Volume: 11
Issue: 5
Page Numbers: 219-227
External Link: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tics.2007.02.005
Comparision of manual and semi-automated delineation of regions of interest for radioligand PET imaging analysis
Author(s): Chow TW, Takeshita S, Honjo K, Pataky CE, St. Jacques PL, Kusano ML, Caldwell CB, Ramirez J, Black S, Verhoeff NPLG
Publication Date: 2007
Publication: BMC Nuclear Medicine
Volume: 7
Issue: 2
Page Numbers: 1-11
External Link: https://doi.org/10.1186/1471-2385-7-2
Ageing and autobiographical memory for emotional and neutral events
Author(s):
Publication Date: 2007
Publication: Memory
Volume: 15
Issue: 2
Page Numbers: 129-144
External Link: https://doi.org/10.1080/09658210601119762