Ian G. Dobbins, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Psychological and Brain Sciences

Neurosciences Program

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  • idobbins@wustl.edu

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  • Interaction of Episodic Memory and Decision-Making Using fMRI and behavioral methods

Research Abstract:

My laboratory studies the cognitive process and neural mechanisms underlying how people both deliberately and automatically recover memories. Our research particularly focuses on how regions within the prefrontal cortex contribute to the deliberate retrieval of memories and how regions in other parts of the brain may instead regulate more automatic expressions of memory. Tools used in the laboratory include behavioral experiments, decision modeling, and brain imaging with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Our newest research suggests there may be separate implicit and explicit decision mechanisms that regulate the expression of memory content and that each demonstrates different operating characteristics and neural substrates.

Selected Publications:

Dobbins IG, & Han S. What constitutes a model of item-based memory decision-making? In A. Benjamin & B. Ross (Eds.), The psychology of learning and motivation: Vol. 48. Strategic and nonstrategic influences on memory attribution. Elsevier, London (In Press).

Dobbins IG, & Han S. Cue- versus probe-dependent prefrontal cortex activity during contextual remembering. J Cog Neurosci 2006 18:1439-1452.

Dobbins IG & Han S. Isolating rule- versus evidence-based prefrontal activity during episodic and lexical discrimination: A functional magnetic resonance imaging investigation of detection theory distinctions. Cerebral Cortex 2006 16:1614-1622.

Dobbins IG & Wagner AD. Domain-general and domain-sensitive prefrontal mechanisms for recollecting events and detecting novelty, Cerebral Cortex 2005 15:1768-1778.

Dobbins IG, Schnyer DM, Verfaellie M, & Schacter DL. Cortical activity reductions during repetition priming can result from rapid response learning. Nature 2004 428:316-319.

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