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Understanding How We Remember

Dr Christopher Madan was the September 2018 Teaching Innovation & Learning Enhancement (TILE) network speaker on the topic of “Understanding How We Remember”. A student’s reflections on the talk.


Many Analysts, One Data Set: Making Transparent How Variations in Analytic Choices Affect Results

Large collaborative project to examine the influence of data analysis decisions on experimental results, now published in Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science. Also see coverage in FiveThirtyEight, “Science Isn’t Broken”, and APS Observer, “How Researchers Can Find Different Results Using the Same Data”.


Personal values influencing career path in academic medicine: Perspectives of selected Canadian trainees

“To pursue research, education, and health policy in one’s career, broadly defined as academic medicine, is one of the most important decisions of a trainee doctor’s career. Despite this, there is scant literature on which factors influence trainees’ choices towards clinical work or academic research.”


Age differences in head motion and estimates of cortical morphology

“Cortical morphology is known to differ with age, as measured by cortical thickness, fractal dimensionality, and gyrification. However, head motion during MRI scanning has been shown to influence estimates of cortical thickness as well as increase with age. Studies have also found task-related differences in head motion and relationships between body–mass index (BMI) and head motion.”


Symposium at APA 2018

Come to the APA convention in August! Dr. Madan organized a symposium on ‘Motivated Memory and Event Cognition’ (as part of Division 3’s program).


Getting a grip on sensorimotor effects in lexical–semantic processing

New paper with Penny Pexman and colleagues at the University of Calgary.

“In the present study, we collected ratings for 621 words on seven semantic dimensions (graspability, ease of pantomime, number of actions, animacy, size, danger, and usefulness), in order to investigate which attributes are most strongly related to BOI ratings and to lexical–semantic processing.”

Invited talk and workshop on computational neuroanatomy at Aalto University (Finland)


Invited talk and workshop on computational neuroanatomy at Aalto University (Finland)

“Novel methods are needed to further our understanding of human brain structure. However, along with the development of methods come additional considerations to interpret these findings and avoid potential confounds. In this workshop I will provide an overview of the mathematical principles behind novel approaches to computational neuroanatomy, with an emphasis on fractal dimensionality and spherical harmonics.”


Positive emotion enhances association-memory

New paper with Elizabeth Kensinger (Boston College).

“The influence of emotion on association-memory is often attributed to arousal, but negative stimuli are typically used to test for these effects. While prior studies of negative emotion on association-memory have found impairments, theories suggest that positive emotion may have a distinct effect on memory, and may lead to enhanced association-memory.”


Living near the edge: How extreme outcomes and their neighbors drive risky choice

“Extreme stimuli are often more salient in perception and memory than moderate stimuli. In risky choice, when people learn the odds and outcomes from experience, the extreme outcomes (best and worst) also stand out. Here we assess whether extreme outcomes stand out because they fall at the edges of the experienced outcome distributions or because they are distinct from other outcomes.”


How to choose a postdoc, and find the right PhD

“It’s a big decision isn’t it? In this podcast we hope our panel can help you decide. Podcast organised by the Dementia Researcher network.

In this weeks podcast our panel is chaired by Dr Charlotte Stoner, Research Associate from University College London. On the panel we have Christopher Madan an Assistant Professor from University of Nottingham, Angelique Mavrodaris a Clinical Research Fellow and Consultant in Public Health Medicine in Cambridge, and Suzanne Hill a PhD student at University of Bradford.”


Four simple strategies from cognitive psychology for the classroom

Short chapter on learning strategies, published in Essays from E-xcellence in Teaching 2017, an annual collection from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology.

“In this article, we describe the science behind four evidence-based teaching strategies: (1) providing visual examples, (2) teaching students to explain and to do, (3) spaced practice, and (4) frequent quizzing. Below, we provide concise overview of these strategies and examples of how they can be implemented in the classroom before describing the science behind each strategy.”


Chinese translation of Matlab book

Dr. Madan’s 2014 book, An Introduction to MATLAB for Behavioral Researchers, has now been translated into Chinese!