Rosemary Cowell

“Computational and Experimental Studies of Forgetting in Amnesia and Aging”

Dr. Cowell’s work examines memory and visual perception in the human brain. Dr. Cowell plans to use her residency in the ISSR Scholars Program to expand on her current research investigating the mechanisms of memory loss caused by damage to the medial temporal lobe of the brain. Such damage can stem from a variety of causes, including stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy, or normal aging. Cowell's proposed research will examine how recognition memory–e.g., recognizing that a face or an object is familiar–is affected both by brain damage and by normal aging.

Recent Publications:
  • Rosemary A. Cowell and Garrison W. Cottrell. 2013. "What Evidence Supports Special Processing for Faces? A Cautionary Tale for fMRI Interpretation." Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 25(11):1777-1793.
  • Stephanie M. McTighe, Rosemary A. Cowell, Boyer D. Winters, Timothy J. Bussey, and Lisa M. Saksida. 2010. "Paradoxical False Memory for Objects after Brain Damage." Science, 330: 1408-1410.
  • Rosemary A. Cowell, Timothy J. Bussey, and Lisa M. Saksida. 2006. "Why Does Brain Damage Impair Memory? A Connectionist Model of Object Recognition Memory in Perirhinal Cortex." Journal of Neuroscience, 26 (47): 12186-12197. 
Keywords: memory, perception, vision, fMRI, computational modeling, cognitive neuroscience