Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, Campus Box 345
University of Colorado at Boulder
Boulder, CO 80309-0345
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 by expertise.
Schwikert, S.R., & Curran, T. (2014). Familiarity and Recollection in Heuristic Decision Making. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 143, 6, 2341–2365.
Ketz, N., O'Reilly, R.C., & Curran, T. (2014). Classification aided analysis of oscillatory signatures in controlled retrieval. NeuroImage, 85, 2, 749-760.
Noh, E., Herzmann, G., Curran, T., & de Sa, V. (2014). Using single-trial EEG to predict and analyze subsequent memory. NeuroImage, 84, 1, 712-723.
Depue, B.E., Ketz, N., Mollison, M.V., Nyhus, E., Banich, M.T., & Curran, T. (2013). ERPs and Neural Oscillations during Volitional Suppression of Memory Retrieval. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 25, 10, 1624-1633.