Christopher Madan

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Boston, MA
I study adaptive memory: how biologically relevant information — such as those evoke emotion, reward, or motor processing — influences our ability to form memories of the past and make decisions in the future. I ask these questions using a combination of cognitive psychology, computational modeling, and neuroimaging approaches.


  • Remembering the best and worst of times: Memories for extreme outcomes bias risky decisions. DOI: 10.3758/s13423-013-0542-9
  • The benefits of undergraduate research: The student's perspective
  • Toward a common theory for learning from reward, affect, and motivation: The SIMON framework DOI: 10.3389/fnsys.2013.00059
  • Introducing TAMI: An objective test of ability in movement imagery DOI: 10.1080/00222895.2013.763764
  • Extreme outcomes sway risky decisions from experience DOI: 10.1002/bdm.1792
  • Motor imagery and higher-level cognition: four hurdles before research can sprint forward. DOI: 10.1007/s10339-012-0438-z
  • Using actions to enhance memory: Effects of enactment, gestures, and exercise on human memory DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2012.00507
  • Perception of dynamic Glass patterns DOI: 10.1016/j.visres.2012.09.008
  • Motor imagery and higher-level cognition: Four hurdles before research can sprint forward DOI: 10.1007/s10339-012-0438-z
  • Is the enhancement of memory due to reward driven by value or salience? DOI: 10.1016/j.actpsy.2011.12.010
  • High reward makes items easier to remember, but harder to bind to a new temporal context DOI: 10.3389/fnint.2012.00061
  • Encoding the world around us: Motor-related processing influences verbal memory DOI: 10.1016/j.concog.2012.07.006
  • Emotional arousal does not enhance association-memory DOI: 10.1016/j.jml.2012.04.001
  • Building a memory palace in minutes: Equivalent memory performance using virtual versus conventional environments with the Method of Loci DOI: 10.1016/j.actpsy.2012.09.002
  • The influence of item properties on association-memory DOI: 10.1016/j.jml.2010.03.001
  • Emotion selectively impairs associative memory
  • Reward context determines risky choice in pigeons and humans. PMID: 25165453
  • Item-properties may influence item-item associations in serial recall. PMID: 25128208
  • Practice makes proficient: pigeons (Columba livia) learn efficient routes on full-circuit navigational traveling salesperson problems. PMID: 24966123
  • Perception of complex motion in humans and pigeons (Columba livia). PMID: 24570385
  • Manipulability impairs association-memory: revisiting effects of incidental motor processing on verbal paired-associates. PMID: 24686239
  • Improving the TAMI for use with athletes. PMID: 24669880
  • Augmented memory: a survey of the approaches to remembering more DOI: 10.3389/fnsys.2014.00030
  • A systematic exploration of model-mechanisms for interactions between item- and association-memory in paired-associate learning. PMC: PMC3090985