Almut Hupbach

Memory is not a static repository of learned facts and experienced events.  Rather, memory is dynamic and reconstructive in nature.  While a relatively stable and fixed core knowledge seems essential for successful everyday functioning and high-level concepts such as self-identity, the ability to forget outdated information and to update memories in the light of new relevant information is equally important.  Understanding the dynamics of memory change is the central focus of my research agenda.  In my lab, I study  -- both in children and adults -- the circumstances permitting induction of plasticity in long-term memory, and how this can lead to memory change with and without accompanying conscious awareness. 

Selected Publications
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  • Sabia, M., Hardt, O., & Hupbach, A. (in press). The long-term consequences of correctly rejecting and falsely accepting target-related foils in visual recognition memory. Learning and Motivation

  • Hupbach, A., Gomez, R., & Nadel, L. (2015). Memory Reconsolidation (invited chapter). In M. Barense, D. R. Addis, & A. Duarte (Eds.), The Cognitive Neuroscience of Human Memory. Wiley-Blackwell.

  • Hupbach, A. (2015). Retrieval practice does not safeguard memories from interference-based forgetting. Learning and Motivation, 49, 23-20. pdf

  • Hupbach, A., & Dorskind, J. (2014).  Stress selectively affects reactivated components of a declarative memory. Behavioral Neuroscience, 128, 614-620.

  • Hupbach, A. & Sahakyan, L. (2014). Additional boundary condition of list-wise directed forgetting: The effect of presentation format. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, & Cognition, 40, 596-601.

  • Hupbach, A., Gomez, R., & Nadel. L. (2013). Episodic Memory Reconsolidation: An Update. In C. Alberini (Ed.), Memory Reconsolidation (pp. 233-246). Elsevier. pdf

  • Funk, A. & Hupbach, A. (2013). Memory for emotionally-arousing items: context pre-exposure enhances subsequent context-item binding. Emotion

  • Gershman S. J., Schapiro, A. C. Hupbach, A.* & Norman, K. A.* (2013). Neural context reinstatement predicts memory misattribution. The Journal of Neuroscience, 33, 8590-8595. *= equal contribution pdf

  • Hupbach, A. (2013). When forgetting preserves memory. Frontiers in Psychology, 4:32.pdf

  • Dongaonkar, B., Hupbach, A., Gomez, R., & Nadel, L. (2013). Effects of Psychosocial Stress on Episodic Memory Updating. Psychopharmacology, 226, 769-779. pdf

  • Hupbach, A. & Fieman, R. (2012). Moderate stress enhances immediate and delayed retrieval of educationally relevant material in healthy young men. Behavioral Neuroscience, 126, 819-825. pdf

  • Hupbach, A. (2012). The Dynamics of Memory: Context-Dependent Updating. In: N. M. Seel (Ed.), Encyclopedia of the Sciences of Learning (pp. 1058-1061). Berlin: Springer.

  • Nadel, L., Hupbach, A., Gomez, R., & Newman-Smith. K. (2012).  Memory formation, consolidation and transformation. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 36, 1640-1645. pdf

  • Hupbach, A. (2011).  The specific outcomes of reactivation-induced memory changes depend on the competition between old and new information.  Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 5:33. pdf

  • Hupbach, A., Gomez, R., & Nadel, L. (2011).  Episodic memory updating: The role of context familiarity. Psychological Bulletin & Review, 18, 787-797.

  • Marin, M.-F., Hupbach, A, Maheu, F., Nader, K. Lupien, S. (2011). Metyrapone administration reduces the strength of an emotional memory trace in a long-lasting manner. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, 96, 1221-1227.

  • Hupbach, A., Gomez, R., & Nadel, L. (2009). Episodic memory reconsolidation: updating orsource confusion? Memory, 17, 502-510. pdf

  • Hupbach, A., Gomez, R., Nadel, L., & Bootzin, R. (2009). Nap-dependent learning in infants. Developmental Science. pdf

  • Hardt, O., Hupbach, A., & Nadel, L. (2009). Factors moderating blocking in human place  learning: The role of task instructions. Learning & Behavior, 37, 42-59.

  • Hupbach, A., Hardt, O., Gomez, R., & Nadel, L. (2008). The Dynamics of Memory: Context-Dependent Updating. Learning & Memory, 15. 574-579. pdf

  • Hupbach, A., Hardt, O., Nadel, L., & Bohbot, V. (2007). Spatial reorientation: Effects of verbaland spatial shadowing. Spatial Cognition & Computation, 7 (2), 213-226. pdf

  • Hupbach, A., Gomez, R., Hardt, O., & Nadel, L. (2007). Reconsolidation of episodic memories:A subtle reminder triggers integration of new information.  Learning & Memory, 14, 47-53. pdf  

  • Hupbach, A., Melzer, A., & Hardt, O. (2006). The mere exposure effect is sensitive to color  information: Evidence for color effects in a perceptual implicit memory test. Experimental Psychology, 53, 233- 245. pdf

  • Hupbach, A., & Nadel, L. (2005). Reorientation in a rhombic environment: No evidence for an encapsulated geometric module. Cognitive Development, 20, 279-302. pdf

Almut Hupbach, Professor of Psychology at Lehigh University
Associate Professor
Director of Graduate Studies
341 Chandler-Ullmann Hall
Ph.D., University of Trier (Germany), 2000
Diplom, University of Trier (Germany), 1996

Teaching Interests: 

Cognitive Psychology
Cognitive Development