Cynthia May, Ph.D.
Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
One area of my research explores the factors that impact human memory, including intra-individual factors (e.g., aging, circadian arousal, disability) and environmental factors (e.g., emotion). Many of my investigations have been aimed at understanding the basic mechanisms that underlie cognition, and at developing strategies and interventions for maximizing performance. For example, some of my studies have explored the ways in which emotion can be used to boost memory. These strategies are particularly important for special populations (e.g., older adults (ages 60+), individuals with intellectual disabilities), who may show impairments on different types of cognitive processes.
More recently I have developed an interest in educational systems that include individuals with intellectual disabilities in settings with traditional students. Some of my research examines the complex challenges faced by individuals with intellectual disabilities, and I am particularly invested in the development of interventions and best practices that promote successful inclusion of individuals with intellectual disabilities in every facet of society. Other work examines the ways in which inclusion affects the academic, social, and moral development of traditional students.
- Cognitive Psychology
- Adult Development and Aging
- Cognitive Laboratory
- Introduction to Psychological Science