Dr. Curran's research focuses on human learning and memory.
He approaches these topics from a cognitive neuroscience perspective
with the goals of understanding the characteristics of mental
processes and how they are realized within the brain. Dr.
Curran's research uses behavioral methods derived from cognitive
psychology, neuropsychological studies of the effects of brain
injury, and neuroimaging methods (PET, fMRI, ERP). Most of
his current research uses measures of brain electrical activity
(ERPs) to study the brain processes that underlie recognition
memory. In particular, ERPs are being used to dissociate the
influences of recollection and familiarity on recognition
memory. Other ongoing research, in collaboration with the
Perceptual Expertise Network , uses ERPs to investigate the
manner in which visual object recognition processes are influenced
Nyhus, E., & Curran, T. (2012). Midazolam induced amnesia reduces memory for details and affects the ERP correlates of recollection and familiarity. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, in press.
Herzmann, G. & Curran, T. (2011). Experts' memory: An ERP study of perceptual expertise effects on encoding and recognition. Memory & Cognition, 39, 412-432.
Curran, T., & Doyle, J. (2011). Picture superiority doubly dissociates the ERP correlates of recollection and familiarity. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 23, 1247-1262.
Scott, L. S., Tanaka, J. W., Sheinberg, D. L., & Curran, T. (2008). The role of category learning in the acquisition and retention of perceptual expertise: A behavioral and neurophysiological study. Brain Research, 1210, 204-215.