Neal J Cohen

Professor

Research Interests

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 ) 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.

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 ) 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

Additional Campus Affiliations

Director, Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research
Professor, Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology
Professor, Carle Illinois College of Medicine
Director, Center for Nutrition, Learning, & Memory (CNLM), Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology

Recent Publications

Avery, S. N., Armstrong, K., Blackford, J. U., Woodward, N. D., Cohen, N. J., & Heckers, S. (2019). Impaired relational memory in the early stage of psychosis. Schizophrenia Research, 212, 113-120. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.schres.2019.07.060

Cannavale, C. N., Hassevoort, K. M., Edwards, C. G., Thompson, S. V., Burd, N. A., Holscher, H. D., ... Khan, N. A. (2019). Serum lutein is related to relational memory performance. Nutrients, 11(4), [768]. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu11040768

Chojnacki, M. R., Holscher, H. D., Balbinot, A. R., Raine, L. B., Biggan, J. R., Walk, A. M., ... Khan, N. A. (2019). Relations between mode of birth delivery and timing of developmental milestones and adiposity in preadolescence: A retrospective study. Early Human Development, 129, 52-59. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.earlhumdev.2018.12.021

Hammer, R., Paul, E. J., Hillman, C. H., Kramer, A. F., Cohen, N. J., & Barbey, A. K. (2019). Individual differences in analogical reasoning revealed by multivariate task-based functional brain imaging. NeuroImage, 184, 993-1004. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2018.09.011

Hassevoort, K. M., Khan, N. A., Hillman, C. H., & Cohen, N. J. (2019). Differential development of relational memory and pattern separation. Hippocampus. https://doi.org/10.1002/hipo.23146

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