Lab Updates

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!

Scan Once, Analyse Many: Using large open-access neuroimaging datasets to understand the brain.

Now online in Neuroinformatics!

“We are now in a time of readily available brain imaging data. Not only are researchers now sharing data more than ever before, but additionally large-scale data collecting initiatives are underway with the vision that many future researchers will use the data for secondary analyses. Here I provide an overview of available datasets and some example use cases.”

Encoding Context Determines Risky Choice

Now online in Psychological Science!

“Both memory and choice are influenced by context: Memory is enhanced when encoding and retrieval contexts match, and choice is swayed by available options. Here, we assessed how context influences risky choice in an experience-based task”

EPS April 2021

EPS April 2021

Chris gave a talk at this EPS conference, entitled “Encoding context determines risky choice”.

Nick also presented a poster on a related study.

Science of Learning Strategy Series: Article 2, Retrieval Practice

Second paper in a series, with Tom Van Hoof and Megan Sumeracki!

“Retrieval practice is an evidence-based, science of learning strategy that is relevant to the planning and implementation of continuing professional development (CPD). Retrieval practice requires one to examine long-term memory to work with priority information again in working memory.”