Our research seeks to elucidate the cognitive and neural mechanisms that support human learning and memory. Of special interest is how the brain uses memory flexibly and adaptively to guide our thoughts and actions in the present and to create predictions, and simulations, of the future. These topics are addressed by using a combination of cognitive neuroscience techniques, including functional neuroimaging (fMRI) and electroencephalography (EEG), and by studying the behavior of healthy adults and clinical populations with memory loss, such as patients with amnesia or Parkinson’s Disease.
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Want to learn more about our research? Check out some of our publications below.
The language of mental images: Characterizing hippocampal contributions to imageable word use during event construction. Race, E., Carlisle, C., Tejwani, R., & Verfaellie, M. (in press). Neuropsychologia.
Self-related processing and future thinking: Distinct contributions of ventromedial PFC and the medial temporal lobes. Verfaellie, M., Wank, A., Reid, A.G., Race, E., and Keane, M.M. (2019). Cortex. 115, 159-171.
Living in the Moment: Patients With Medial Temporal Lobe Amnesia Can Richly Describe the Present Despite Deficits in Past and Future Thought Race, E., Keane, M., & Verfaellie, M. (2013). Cortex, 49(6), 1764 – 1766.
Medial Temporal Lobe Damage Causes Deficits in Episodic Memory and Episodic Future Thinking Not Attributable to Deficits in Narrative Construction Race, E., Keane, M., & Verfaellie, M. (2011). The Journal of Neuroscience, 31(28), 10262 – 10269.
Neural Priming in Human Frontal Cortex: Multiple Forms of Learning Reduce Demands on the Prefrontal Executive System Race, E., Shanker, S., Wagner, A. (2008). Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 21(9), 1766 – 1781.