Neal J Cohen

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.


Ph.D., University of California, San Diego

Additional Campus Affiliations

Director, Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research
Professor, Psychology
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

Román, F. J., Colom, R., Hillman, C. H., Kramer, A. F., Cohen, N. J., & Barbey, A. K. (2019). Cognitive and neural architecture of decision making competence. NeuroImage, 199, 172-183.

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].

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.

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.

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.

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