Cognitive Neuroscience of Human Memory

Dr. Chris Martin is currently recruiting motivated DIS students to contribute to research that examines i) how humans represent and retrieve their past, ii) how these abilities can be enhanced across the lifespan, and iii) how memory interacts with other aspects of cognition to support adaptive behavior. We address relevant questions using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), electroencephalography (EEG), motion tracking, and behavioral studies in cognitively healthy participants and in individuals with memory disorders. Depending on experience and level of commitment, DIS students can expect to assist with experimental design, participant recruitment, data collection, and data analysis. Moreover, all DIS students are expected to attend and participate in weekly lab meetings. Preference will be given to applicants who are interested in contributing to our research in more than one semester and for a minimum of 9 hours each week (3 credit hours), although neither are strict requirements. Interested students should email their application to Dr. Martin ( A complete application includes a CV, a statement of research/career interests (~300-500 words), and an unofficial transcript. You may supplement your application with an optional statement that outlines any extenuating circumstances that have adversely impacted your GPA.

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Cognitive neuroscience of human memory, how it relates to other aspects of cognition (e.g., perception, decision making, motor control), how it changes across the lifespan, and how it can be enhanced to promote graceful aging