Neal Cohen

Professor, Department of Psychology
B.A., SUNY, Stony Brook
Ph.D., University of California, San Diego

Cognitive neuroscience

Work in my laboratory has two related foci: (1) an interdisciplinary exploration of human memory using a broad array of cognitive neuroscience methods to permit identification and characterization of the brain’s various memory systems, and (2) functional neuroimaging studies of a range of cognitive processes in the human brain. The memory work combines neuropsychological studies of patients with memory impairments, eye movement monitoring studies, computational modeling, and functional neuroimaging studies. The neuroimaging work involves the use of fMRI to permit mapping the brain substrates of learning and memory (including especially the hippocampal system), and of attentional and executive functioning in humans.

Collaborative Projects

My lab also collaborates with the laboratory of Professor Arthur Kramer, investigating aging and cognition.

Research Areas

Representative Publications

Duff, M. C.; Hengst, J. A.; Tranel, D.; Cohen, N. J., Taling across time: Using reported speech as a communicative resource in amnesia. Aphasiology 2007, 21, (6-8), 702-716.

Hannula, D. E.; Ryan, J. D.; Tranel, D.; Cohen, N. J., Rapid onset relational memory effects are evident in eye movement behavior, but not in hippocampal amnesia. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 2007, 19, (10), 1690-1705.

Ryan, J. D.; Hannula, D. E.; Cohen, N. J., The obligatory effects of memory on eye movements. Memory 2007, 15, (5), 508-525.

Hannula, D. E.; Federmeier, K. D.; Cohen, N. J. Event-related potential signatures of relational memory. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 2006, 18, (11), 1863-1876.

Hannula, D. E.; Tranel, D.; Cohen, N. J. The long and the short of it: Relational memory impairments in amnesia, even at short lags Journal of Neuroscience 2006, 26, (32), 8352-8359.

Ryan, J.D. and N.J. Cohen. 2004. Processing and short-term retention of relational information in amnesia. Neuropsychologia 42:497-511.

Colcombe, S.J., A.F. Kramer, K.I. Erickson, P. Scalf, E. McAuley, N.J. Cohen, A. Webb, G.J. Jerome, D.X. Marquez, and S. Elavsky. 2004. Cardiovascular fitness, cortical plasticity, and aging. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 101:3316-3321.

Ryan, J.D. and N.J. Cohen. 2003. Evaluating the neuropsychological dissociation evidence for multiple memory systems. Journal of Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience. 3/3:168-185.

Milham, M., M. Banich, E. Claus, and N.J. Cohen. 2003. Practice-related effects demonstrate complementary roles of anterior cingulate and prefrontal cortices in attentional control. Neuroimage 18/2:483-493.

Cohen, N.J. and M.T. Banich. 2003. Memory. In M.T. Banich, ed. Neuropsychology: The Neural Bases of Mental Function, 2nd edition. Boston: Houghton-Mifflin.