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Cognitive, Faculty, Neuroscience


Dr. Chris Martin


The University of Western Ontario, 2015

Assistant Professor

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Dr. Martin is recruiting a graduate student for Fall of 2023

Research Interests

Cognitive neuroscience of human memory. Our goal is to develop a deeper understanding of the cognitive and neural bases of human memory. To this end, we use fMRI, EEG, eye tracking, motion tracking, and cognitive behavioral experiments to measure brain activity and behavioral expressions of long-term memory. We also explore how memory 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. We answer these questions in research conducted with cognitively healthy participants and in individuals with memory disorders.

Selected Publications

Martin, C.B., Hong, B., Newsome, R.N., Savel, K., Meade, M., Xia, A., Honey, C.J. & Barense, M.D. (2022). A smartphone intervention that enhances real-world memory and promotes differentiation of hippocampal activity in older adults. PsyArXiv.

Douglas, D.M., Man, L.Y., Newsome, R.N., Park, H., Aslam, H.M., Barense, M.D. & Martin, C.B. (2019). Resolving visual and conceptual interference among object concepts requires medial temporal lobe cortex. PsyArXiv.

Ferko, K.M., Blumenthal, A., Martin, C.B., Proklova, D., Saksida, L.M., Bussey, T.J., Khan, A.R., & Kӧhler, S. (2022). Activity in perirhinal and entorhinal cortex predicts observer-specific perceived visual similarities between objects. eLife 11:e66884.

Kӧhler, S., & Martin, C.B. (2020). Familiarity impairments after anterior temporal-lobe resection with hippocampal sparing: Lessons learned from case NB. Neuropsychologia, 138, 107339.

Martin, C.B., Douglas, D., Newsome, R.N., Man, L.L.Y., & Barense, M.D. (2018). Integrative and distinctive coding of visual and conceptual object features in the ventral visual stream. eLife 7: e31873.

Martin, C.B., Sullivan, J., Wright, J., & Kӧhler, S. (2018). How landmark suitability shapes recognition memory signals for objects in the medial temporal lobes. NeuroImage, 166, 425-436.

Martin, C.B., Cowell, R.A., Gribble, P.L., Wright, J., & Kӧhler, S. (2016). Distributed category-specific recognition memory signals in perirhinal cortex. Hippocampus, 26(4), 423-436.

Martin, C.B., McLean, D.A., O’Neil, E.O., & Kӧhler, S. (2013). Distinct familiarity-based response patterns for faces and buildings in perirhinal and parahippocampal cortex. Journal of Neuroscience, 33(26), 10915-10923.


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