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Neal J Cohen

Division: Cognitive Neuroscience

Professor of Psychology

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Research Description

Interdisciplinary, cognitive neuroscience study of human learning and memory, with a focus on identifying and characterizing the brain's multiple memory systems. Particular emphasis is on study of the hippocampal (or medial temporal lobe [MTL]) memory system, through the study of the memory impairments seen in patients with amnesia. Empirical work combines cognitive neuropsychological, eye movement, fMRI, and ERP studies of various memory performances in normal and neuropsychological populations, together with computational modeling of memory. The overall goal of this research is to better understand the componential organization of memory, and to make progress in mapping the functional architecture of memory onto its neurobiological substrates.

Education

  • Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego

Recent Publications

Duff, M.C., Hengst, J., Tranel, D., & Cohen N.J. (2006). Development of shared information in communication despite hippocampal amnesia. Nature Neuroscience, 9, 140-146.

Eichenbaum, H. & Cohen, N.J. (2001). From Conditioning to Conscious Recollection: Memory Systems of the Brain (Oxford: Oxford University Press).

Hannula, D., Ryan, J.D., Tranel, D., & Cohen, N.J. (2007). Rapid onset relational memory effects are evident in eye movement behavior, but not in hippocampal amnesia. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 19(10), 1690*1705.

Hannula, D.E., Tranel, D., & Cohen, N. J. (2006). The long and short of it: Relational memory impairments in amnesia, even at short lags. Journal of Neuroscience, 26(32), 8352-8359.

Ryan, J.D., Hannula, D.E., & Cohen, N.J. (2007). The obligatory effects of memory on eye movements. Memory, 15(5), 508-525.