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Barbara Knowlton
Stanford University
Primary Area:
Behavioral Neuroscience
Secondary Area:
Cognitive Psychology
3621A FH
(310) 825-5917
Research and Teaching Interests:

The focus of our lab is the study of the neural bases of memory. We use a number of different approaches, including neuroimaging and testing neuropsychological patients to describe functional differences between memory systems and the brain regions that support different memory processes.

Representative Publications:


Shimizu, R.E., Wu, A.D., & Knowlton, B.J. (2016). Cerebellar activation during motor sequence learning is associated with subsequent transfer to new sequences. Behavioral Neuroscience. 130:572-584.

Waltzman, D., Knowlton, B.J., Cohen, J.R., Bookheimer, S.Y., Bilder, R.M., & Asarnow, R.F. (2016) DTI microstructural abnormalities in adolescent siblings of patients with childhood-onset schizophrenia. Psychiatry Research. 258:23-29

Shimizu, R.E., Wu, A.D., Samra, J.K., & Knowlton B.J. (2017). The impact of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) on learning fine-motor sequences. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 372:20160050

Hennessee, J.P., Castel, A.D., & Knowlton, B.J. (2017) Recognizing what matters: Value improves recognition by selectively enhancing recollection. Journal of Memory and Language.  94:195-205.

Knowlton, B.J., Siegel, A.L.M., & Moody, T.D. (2017) Procedural Learning in Humans. In J.H. Byrne, (ed.) Learning and Memory: A Comprehensive Reference, 2nd Edition, Volume 4: Memory Systems. Elsevier, Amsterdam. pp. 295-312

Cohen, M.S., Rissman, J., Hovhannisyan, M., Castel, A.D., & Knowlton, B.J. (2017). Free recall test experience potentiates strategy-driven effects of value on memory. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, & Cognition. 43:1581-1601.

Hennessee, J.P., Castel, A.D., & Knowlton, B.J. (2018) The effects of value on context-item associative memory in younger and older adults. Psychology and Aging. 33:46-56.

Patterson, T.K. & Knowlton, B.J. (2018) Habit formation in the striatum. Current Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences, 37:275-295.

Lee, J., Nuechterlein, K., Knowlton, B., Bearden, C., Cannon, T., Fiske, A., Ghermezi, L., Hayata, J., Hellemann, G., Horan, W., Kee, K., Kern, R., Subotnik, K., Sugar, C., Ventura, J., Yee-Bradbury, C., & Green, M. (2018). Episodic memory for dynamic social interaction across phase of illness in schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Bulletin 44:620-630.

Patterson, T.K. & Knowlton B.J. (2018). Subregional specificity in human striatal habit learning: A meta-analytic review of the fMRI literature. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences, 20:75-82.