Lab Updates

How does caffeine influence memory? Drug, experimental, and demographic factors

Congratulations to Ruo-Chong Zhang on her first first-authored paper!

“Caffeine is a widely used nootropic drug, but its effects on memory in healthy participants have not been sufficiently evaluated. Here we review evidence of the effects of caffeine on different types of memory, and the associated drug, experimental, and demographical factors. […] For drug factors, a dose-response relationship may exist but findings are inconsistent. Moreover, there is evidence that the source of caffeine can modulate its effects on memory.”

Memory Disorders Research Society

Dr. Christopher Madan has just been elected to the Memory Disorders Research Society (MDRS).

MDRS is a by-invitation-only professional society dedicated to the study of memory.

Psychonomic Society Early Career Award

“The Psychonomic Society congratulates Christopher R. Madan (University of Nottingham) on receiving this year’s PS Early Career Award! The award honors scientists who have made excellent contributions to cognitive psychology early in their careers.”

How Can a Supervisor Support PhD Students In Transitioning To Industry?

Dr. Madan spoke with Natalia of Odyssey Careers for their “Career Talks” series about how PhD supervisors can support PhD students in considering non-academic careers.

Transfer of negative valence in an episodic memory task

Now online in Cognition! Research in collaboration with Dr. Daniela Palombo and students in her lab.

“a number of recent episodic memory studies show that emotion—particularly negative emotion—weakens associative memory, including item-item associations. Other literature shows that emotion biases our later attitudes and preferences. That is, the coincident pairing of a negative stimulus with a neutral one can reduce one’s preference for that neutral stimulus upon subsequent encounter—a ‘transfer of valence’ effect. “

A brief primer on the PhD supervision relationship

Now online in European Journal of Neuroscience!

“Many academic skills are learned ‘on the job’, but few more so than PhD supervision. While I myself have limited PhD supervision experience, I have reviewed the literature on PhD student-supervisor relationship and here present a brief primer.”

Posters at CogSci 2021

Two PhD students are presenting their work at this year’s Cognitive Science Society meeting!

RuoChong Zhang: Impact of performing a secondary task on recall (2-C-103)

Yashoda Gopi: The effectiveness of face-name mnemonics on name recall (3-C-100)

Symposium on "Multifaceted influences of emotion on memory"

Dr. Madan and close collaborator Dr. Daniela Palombo presented recent work as part of a symposium, “Multifaceted influences of emotion on memory”, that they organised as part of the annual meeting of the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition (SARMAC).

Exploring the Facets of Emotional Episodic Memory: Remembering “What,” “When,” and “Which”

Now online in Psychological Science! Research in collaboration with Dr. Daniela Palombo and students in her lab.

“results showed that emotion enhanced and impaired memory, respectively, for “what” and “which.” Unexpectedly, emotion was associated with enhanced accuracy for “when”: We found that participants estimated that neutral images occurred relatively later, but there was no such bias for negative images.”

PhD studentship funded by ASME

The Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME) has awarded us a PhD studentship for research focused on using virtual patients to reduce errors in diagnosis. The research will be led by John Sandars and Jeremy Brown, at Edge Hill University, along with Rakesh Patel and Christopher Madan, at the University of Nottingham.

“The PhD project funded this year explores feedback for early medical and physician associate students on their clinical reasoning and we hope the findings will inform undergraduate health professions education and, ultimately, improve healthcare practice.”

T2 heterogeneity as an in vivo marker of microstructural integrity in medial temporal lobe subfields in ageing and mild cognitive impairment

New paper looking at with Alfie Wearn, Liz Coulthard, and collaborators now online in NeuroImage!

“T2 heterogeneity in CA1-3 and entorhinal cortex and volume of entorhinal cortex showed some ability to predict cognitive decline, where absolute T2 could not, however further studies are required to verify this result. Increases in T2 heterogeneity in MTL cortices may reflect localised pathological change and may present as one of the earliest detectible brain changes prior to atrophy.”

Careers for Psychology Grads panel

Dr. Madan spoke as part of the “Careers for Psychology Grads” panel at NOWCAM, sharing insights from the recent post-PhD academic/non-academic interview project.

Stay tuned for more information about this project in the next months!