Decision, Attention, and Memory Lab

About the DAM Lab

The DAM Lab was established in 2002, with the purpose of understanding how the basic processes of attention and memory influence the higher-level processes involved in behavioral decision making and human rationality. This initial work helped fuel the emergence of what is now known as cognitive decision theory, which is an offshoot of the traditional field of behavioral decision theory.

Current research in the DAM Lab extends well beyond the original focus on judgment and decision making, and now includes research on cognitive and brain training, basic memory and cognitive ability, and social decision processes. Researchers use a variety of techniques, including computational modeling, eye tracking, and most recently neuroimaging.

Lab Location
University of Maryland, Department of Psychology
Biology-Psychology Building, 1105
(301) 405-8276

The DAM Director


Michael R. Dougherty, PhD
Professor and Associate Chair of Psychology
Office: Biology-Psychology Building, 1145C
Phone: (301) 405-8423

Education and Awards: Dr. Dougherty received his PhD in 1999 from the University of Oklahoma and his BS from Kansas State University in 1993. Dr. Dougherty has received numerous research awards, including the Hillel Einhorn Early Investigator Award from the Society for Judgment and Decision Making, and the early investigator CAREER award from the National Science Foundation.

Research Interests: Dr. Dougherty's research involves the investigation of memory, attention, and decision processes, broadly construed. His work involves an integrative approach that utilizes, computational modeling, behavioral experiments, and eye-tracking methodologies. More recent work utilizing neuroimaging techniques is being conducted with neuroscience experts in the Psychology Department and the Neuroscience and Cognitive Science Graduate Program (NACS). Dr. Dougherty also collaborates with researchers at the University of Maryland Center for Advanced Study of Language on projects related to improving language comprehension and cognitive ability.

The DAM Lab Students

The DAM Lab currently has 3 graduate students, 1 post doc, and 8 undergraduate research assistants.