Christopher Madan

Assistant Professor (Psychology)

Nottingham, UK

I study memory using a combination of cognitive psychology, neuroimaging, and computational modeling methods. I am particularly interested in what factors makes some experiences more memorable than others (such as emotion, reward, and motor processing) and how these influences can manifest in future behavior, such as decision making. I also specialize in characterizing inter-individual differences in brain morphology, particularly with respect to aging, dementia, and cognitive abilities.


  • 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

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