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Barbara Knowlton
Stanford University
Primary Area:
Behavioral Neuroscience
Secondary Area:
Cognitive Psychology
6623 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:


Lin, C.H., Knowlton, B.J., Wu, A.D., Iacoboni, M., Yang, H.C., Ye, Y.L., Liu, K.H., & Chiang, M.C. (2016) Benefit of interleaved practice of motor skills is associated withchanges in functional brain network topology that differ between younger and older adults. Neurobiology of Aging 42:189-198.

Patterson, T. K., Lenartowicz, A., Berkman, E. T., Ji, D., Poldrack, R. A., & Knowlton, B. J. (2016). Putting the brakes on the brakes: Negative emotion disrupts cognitive controlnetwork functioning and alters subsequent stopping activity. Experimental Brain Research. 234:3107-3118.

Viskontas, I.V., Knowlton, B.J., & Fried, I. (2016) Responses of neurons in the medial temporal lobe during encoding and recognition of face-scene pairs. Neuropsychologia, 90:200-209.

McCleery, A., Lee, J., Fiske, A.P., Ghermezi, L. Hayata, J.N., Hellemann, G.S., Horan, W.P., Kee, K.S., Kern, R.S., Knowlton, Subotnik K.L., Ventura, J., Sugar, C.A., Nuechterlein, K.H., &  Green, M.F. (2016). Longitudinal stability of social cognition in schizophrenia: A 5-year follow-up of social perception and emotion processing. Schizophrenia Research. 176:467-472.

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.