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Kelly Bennion

ph.d. candidate

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Office: McGuinn 504B
Phone: 617-552-6949
Email:
kelly.bennion@bc.edu
Primary Advisor: Elizabeth Kensinger

Academic Interests: My research uses a combination of behavioral and fMRI methods to investigate the influence of sleep on emotional memory consolidation. Specifically, I am interested in how the emotional memory trade-off (individuals’ tendency to preferentially remember emotional information at the cost of memory for neutral details presented concurrently) develops over time. In my current project, I am using polysomnography to investigate the contribution of specific sleep stages to these emotional biases in memory.

Undergraduate Institution/Degree: B.A. in Psychology with Highest Honors and Spanish, Middlebury College, 2010.

Graduate Institution/Degree: Ed.M. in Mind, Brain, and Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education, 2011.

Presentations

Bennion, K. A., Appelson, J., Wasserman, S., Breton, J., & Arndt, J. (2012). The role of recollection in producing the testing effect. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Pittsburgh, PA.

Bennion, K. A., & Arndt, J. (2011). The testing effect in multiple-choice recognition of word pairs: Implications for education. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the International Mind, Brain, and Education Society, San Diego, CA.

Bennion, K. A., & Arndt, J. (2010). The testing effect in multiple-choice recognition of word pairs. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, Boston, MA.

Bennion, K. A., Nomi, J. S., & Cleary, A. M. (2010). The configuration hypothesis of familiarity and déjà vu. Talk given at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.

Bennion, K. A., Nomi, J. S., & Cleary, A. M. (2010). The configuration hypothesis of familiarity and déjà vu. Poster  presented at the annual meeting of the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association, Greenwood Village, CO.

Bacon, E., Bennion, K., Dede, A., Shasha, C., Corbett, K., Guillet, R., & Arndt, J. (2010). The influence of emotion on source memory for central and peripheral information. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, New York, NY.

Bennion, K., Dede, A., Shasha, C., Dorot, S., Guillet, R., & Arndt, J. (2009). The impact of emotion on item and associative recognition. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Boston, MA.

Kimble, M., Bennion, K., & Fleming, K. (2009). The hypervigilance questionnaire: Assessment of hypervigilance in a trauma sample. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Atlanta, GA.

Bennion, K., Pfaff, A., Dorot, S., Feighery, E., Frazier, E., Galgano, J., & Arndt, J. (2009). The role of memory activation in producing false memories of encoding context. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Pittsburgh, PA.