Resources and Partners

Below are listed some of the extraordinary resources to which the Memory Systems Lab has access, and some of the facilities, programs and other labs with which we partner.

Center for Nutrition, Learning and Memory

Neal Cohen serves as Director of the Center for Nutrition, Learning, and Memory (CNLM), a unique interdisciplinary research Center formed in a partnership between Abbott Nutrition and the University of Illinois to discover the potentially enhancing effects of nutrition on learning and memory, and the brain mechanisms that support it.


In collaboration with the Cognitive Neuroimaging Lab (CNL), directed by Gabriele Gratton & Monica Fabiani, we have used the Event Related Optical Signal (EROS) from optical imaging, using its unprecedented combination of spatial and temporal resolution to study cortical reactivation of relational memory.

Magnetom Trio 3T

Biomedical Imaging Center

We take advantage of the presence within the Beckman Institute of The Biomedical Imaging Center (BIC), whose commitment to the development of cutting edge techniques that integrate MRI and fMRI with other imaging or cognitive neuroscience techniques, including optical imaging, eye-tracking, EEG, and TMS, permit us to address critical questions about the complex interactions among the multiple brain regions supporting memory and among the multiple memory systems of the brain.

Neuroscience Program

We also benefit greatly from our association with the Neuroscience Program (NSP), one of the most comprehensive neuroscience programs in the country, with more than 80 faculty from across 7 colleges on campus, with research focusing both on model systems and on studies related to understanding and treatment of human behavioral disorders and neural disease. Particular areas of strength and interest include cognitive neuroscience and imaging; neural plasticity, learning, and memory; neuronal signaling and development; and neurogenomics.

Want to get involved with our research?

If you are interested in gaining research experience and earning psychology course credit, we offer courses in which you will receive credit hours for your work in our lab. We also are currently looking for participants for our studies from a variety of populations.

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