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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

Lynn Lohnas

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Assistant Professor


504 Huntington Hall



Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, Neuroscience

B.A., Brandeis University, Neuroscience and Mathematics

Research and Teaching Interests

My research focuses on how memories are formed, stored and retrieved. I am particularly interested in how the relationships between information may influence which information is remembered and which information is forgotten. Further, I am interested in how these relationships between memories influences the dynamics of memory retrieval. I also research why repeating information improves memory for that information. To conduct my research, I use computational cognitive models to make predictions of behavior and brain activity. I have used electrophysiology measures such as scalp electroencephalography (EEG) and electrocorticography (ECoG), as well as functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), to examine brain activity. My teaching interests are in basic and advanced cognitive neuroscience.

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Select Publications

Lohnas, L.J., Duncan, K., Doyle, W.K., Thesen, T., Devinsky, O., Davachi, L. (2018). Time-resolved neural reinstatement and pattern separation during memory decisions in human hippocampus. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 115 (31), E7418-E7427.

Lohnas, L.J., Polyn, S.M., Kahana, M.J. (2015). Expanding the scope of memory search: Modeling intralist and interlist effects in free recall. Psychological Review, 122(2), 337-363.

Lohnas, L.J., Kahana, M.J. (2014). Compound cuing in free recall. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 40(1), 12-24.

Lohnas, L.J., Polyn, S.M., Kahana, M.J. (2011). Contextual variability in free recall. Journal of Memory and Language, 64(3), 249-255.