I received my Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Alberta (2009-2014, Canada), where I worked with researchers across a variety of topics, including cognitive psychology, neuroimaging, computational modeling, and comparative psychology. During my Ph.D., I also worked as a visiting scientist at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (2011-2012, Germany). I then worked as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Boston College (2014-2017, USA) in the research group of Dr. Elizabeth Kensinger. I started as an Assistant Professor at the University of Nottingham in 2017.
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.
I conduct research across a variety of topics, including emotional memory, risky decision-making, and embodied cognition. I study these topics using behavioral paradigms, as well as fMRI, EEG, and structural MRI. Additionally, some studies involve computational modeling--either in the form of advanced statistical methods and machine learning, or through the development of specific models designed to distinguish between particular theoretical hypotheses.
WEINSTEIN Y, MADAN CR and SUMERACKI MA, 2018. Teaching the science of learning. Cognitive research: principles and implications. 3(1), 2 MADAN CR, SCOTT SME and KENSINGER EA, 2018. Positive emotion enhances association-memory. Emotion (Washington, D.C.).
HEARD A, MADAN CR, PROTZNER AB and PEXMAN PM, 2018. Getting a grip on sensorimotor effects in lexical-semantic processing. Behavior research methods.