Memory and Attention Lab
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Cognition & Perception
How do we bring past events back to mind? Why do some memories endure while others fade? My research addresses the cognitive and neural mechanisms that guide and shape our memories. My lab is particularly interested in three broad questions. (1) How do our brains allow us to selectively identify and retrieve individual memories, among competing alternatives, according to current goals? (2) Once we form a new memory, what factors determine whether that memory will endure or whether it will be forgotten? (3) Can we use neuroimaging methods to ‘see’ when memories of the past come back to mind?
To address these questions we use behavioral methods and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). In addition to using fMRI to identify neural sites that support specific mnemonic operations, we also make extensive use of multivariate analysis techniques, such as pattern classification, that are geared toward understanding the information represented in the brain. This approach allows one to decode the memory representations that are active during encoding and retrieval and therefore represents a unique and exciting tool for probingmemory.
Ph.D., Stanford University, 2009
A.B., Kenyon College, 2001
Assistant Professor of Psychology, New York University, 2012 – present
Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Psychology, Yale University, 2009 – 2012
Kuhl BA, Bainbridge WA, & Chun MM (2012) Neural reactivation reveals mechanisms of memory updating. Journal of Neuroscience, 32:3453–3461.
Kuhl BA, Rissman J, & Wagner AD (2012) Multi-voxel patterns of visual category representation during episodic encoding are predictive of subsequent memory. Neuropsychologia, 50:458–469.
Kuhl BA, & Anderson MC (2011) More is not always better: paradoxical effects of repetition on semantic accessibility. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 18:964–972.
Kuhl BA, Rissman J, Chun MM, & Wagner AD (2011) Fidelity of neural reactivation reveals competition between memories. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences: USA, 108:5903–5908.
Kuhl BA, Shah AT, DuBrow S, & Wagner AD (2010) Resistance to forgetting associated with hippocampus-mediated reactivation during new learning. Nature Neuroscience, 13:501–506.
Kuhl BA, & Wagner AD (2009) Forgetting and Retrieval. In G. G. Berntson & J. T. Cacioppo (Eds.). Handbook of Neuroscience for the Behavioral Sciences.
Kuhl BA, & Wagner AD (2009) Strategic control of memory. In L. Squire et al. (Eds.). The New Encyclopedia of Neuroscience, 9:437-444.
Kuhl BA, Dudukovic NM, Kahn I, & Wagner AD (2007) Decreased demands on cognitive control reveal the neural processing benefits of forgetting. Nature Neuroscience, 10:908-914.
Anderson MC, Ochsner K, Kuhl B, Cooper J, Robertson E, Gabrieli SW, Glover GH, & Gabrieli JDE (2004) Neural systems underlying the suppression of unwanted memories. Science, 303:232-235.
Department of Psychology
New York University
6 Washington Place, room 280
New York, NY 10003
Phone: (212) 998-8602
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