Memory is central to who we are and how we behave, with knowledge about the past informing thoughts and decisions in the present. Learning and memory provide critical knowledge that guides everyday activities, from remembering to take medications or recognizing previously encountered people, places, and things, to representing our goals and navigating our worlds.

The research objectives of the Stanford Memory Laboratory are to understand the psychological and neural mechanisms that build memories and enable their expression, as well as how these mechanisms change with age and disease. Current research directions – which combine behavior, brain imaging, virtual reality, and computational approaches – include:

  • delineating how cognitive control and attention modulate learning and memory
  • specifying the mnemonic computations and representations supported by the hippocampus and medial temporal cortex, and their interactions with frontoparietal networks
  • examining how memory performance in healthy older adults relates to brain structure and brain function, and to molecular and genetic risks for Alzheimer's disease

More details about our work can be found under Research and Publications

Updates

In Press & Just Out

  • Oxford Handbook of Human Memory (Kahana & Wagner, Eds) is now in production. Thank you to all of the authors for contributing outstanding chapters!  – Table of Contents.
  • Madore & Wagner – Readiness-to-remember: Predicting variability in episodic memory. Trends in Cognitive Science.
  • Fernandez et al. – Representational integration and differentiation in the human hippocampus following goal-directed navigation – bioRxiv
  • Hsu et al. – Observed correlations from cross-sectional individual differences research reflect both between-person and within-person correlations – PsyArXiv
  • Bonnen et al. – When the ventral stream is not enough: A deep learning account of medial temporal lobe involvement in perception – Neuron
  • Madore et al. – Memory failure predicted by attention lapsing and media multitasking – Nature
  • Trelle et al. – Association of CSF biomarkers with hippocampal-dependent memory in preclinical Alzheimer disease – Neurology
  • Trelle et al. – Hippocampal and cortical mechanisms at retrieval explain variability in episodic remembering in older adults – eLife
  • Jiang et al. – Prefrontal reinstatement of contextual task demand is predicted by separable hippocampal patterns – Nature Communications

News & Events

  • We have an opening for a Postdoctoral Fellow; for details, see Positions
  • Incoming PhD student, Alice Xue, receives an NSF GRF. Congratulations, Alice!
  • Tyler Bonnen receives an F99/K00 D-SPAN Fellowship from NINDS. Congratulations, Tyler!
  • Tammy Tran receives an Alzheimer's Association Research Fellowship to Promote Diversity. Congratulations, Tammy!
  • How artificial neural networks help us understand neural networks in the human brain, Stanford HAI
  • Poor memory tied to attention lapses and media multitasking, Stanford Report
  • Why some older adults remember better than others, Stanford Report
  • Stanford Undergradates interested in research –– contact us to get involved!