Tracy Taylor-Helmick



Phone: (902) 494-3001
Fax: (902) 494-6585
Mailing Address: 
Dalhousie University Life Sciences Centre 6287 Alumni Crescent P.O. Box 15000 Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Memory
  • Intentional forgetting
  • Directed forgetting
  • Mnemonics
  • Cognition


BA (University of Calgary)
MA/MSc (Dalhousie University)
PhD (Dalhousie University)
PDF (Vanderbilt University)

Research Interests

Dr. Taylor-Helmick's research interests include human attention and memory. Her work uses behavioural methods to understand how attention and memory interact to improve remembering and to aid purposeful forgetting. Her work is published in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

Selected Publications

• Taylor, T. L., & Fawcett, J. M. (2011). Larger IOR effects following forget than following remember instructins depend on exogenous attentional withdrawal and target localization. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 73, 1790-1814.
• Fawcett, J. M., & Taylor, T. L. (2008). Forgetting is effortful: Evidence from reaction time probes in an item-method directed forgetting task. Memory & Cognition, 36, 1168-1181.
• Wylie, G., Foxe, J. J., & Taylor, T. L. (2008). Forgetting as an active process: An fMRI investigation of item-method directed forgetting. Cerebral Cortex, 18, 670-682.
• Hourihan, K. L., & Taylor, T. L. (2006). Cease remembering: Control processes in directed forgetting. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 32, 1354-1365.
• Taylor, T. L. (2005). Inhibition of return following instructions to remember and forget. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 58A, 613-629.

Awards and Honours

•2012 Dalhousie Outstanding Graduate Advisor Award
•2009 Dalhousie Alumni Teaching Award
•2002 CIS Academic All-Canadian Mentor Award
•2001 APA New Investigator Award (Honourable Mention)