Dr Aleea Devitt


Qualifications: PhD; BSc (Hons)


About Aleea

I completed my Ph.D. in Psychology at The University of Auckland. I then spent four years as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Harvard University.


Ageing; Human Behaviour; Human Development; Psychology

Autobiographical memory; Future thinking; Imagination; fMRI

Research Interests

How do we think beyond the here and now, reflect back on past experiences, and anticipate upcoming situations? How does age-related memory decline affect our ability to mentally time travel?

My research examines the links between the future and the past - how we use memory to imagine future events, and in turn how thinking about the future alters memory. I also explore how healthy aging influences our ability to remember past events and imagine future scenarios. To answer these questions, I use cognitive/behavioural methods, neuropsychological testing, neuroimaging, and multilevel modelling. Ultimately, by understanding how memory and imagination interact, we can develop ways of enhancing memory accuracy and well-being across our lifespan.

Recent Publications

  • Thakral, P. P., Madore, K. P., Devitt, A. L., & Schacter, D. L. (2019). Adaptive Constructive Processes: An Episodic Specificity Induction Impacts False Recall in the Deese-Roediger- McDermott Paradigm. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. doi:10.1037/xge0000577

  • Schacter, D. L., Devitt, A. L., & Addis, D. R. (2018). Episodic Future Thinking and Cognitive Aging. In The Oxford Encyclopedia of Psychology and Aging. Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/acrefore/9780190236557.013.380

  • Schacter, D. L., Carpenter, A. C., Devitt, A., Roberts, R. P., & Addis, D. R. (2018). Constructive episodic simulation, flexible recombination, and memory errors. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 41, 42-43. doi:10.1017/S0140525X17001510

  • Devitt, A. L., & Schacter, D. L. (2018). An Optimistic Outlook Creates a Rosy Past: The Impact of Episodic Simulation on Subsequent Memory. Psychological Science, 29(6), 936-946. doi:10.1177/0956797617753936

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Contact Details

Name  Extn.  Username  Room  Department
Devitt, Dr Aleea 9220 adevitt J.1.25 School of Psychology