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Dr Alexa Morcom

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Position: Senior Lecturer


Memory, ageing, fMRI, EEG, ERPs

Institute: PPLS

Department: Psychology

Research Themes

My group's research focuses on human memory and how it changes in normal ageing, using brain imaging – functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and electrophysiological event-related potentials (ERPs) – as well as behavioural methods. We are particularly interested how the mental and brain substrates that enable us to remember events (episodic memory) change during the adult lifespan.

Key Publications
  • Morcom, A.M., Cam-CAN, & Henson, R.N.A. Increased prefrontal activity with aging reflects nonspecific neural responses rather than compensation. J Neurosci (In press). http://www.jneurosci.org/content/early/2018/07/23/JNEUROSCI.1701-17.2018
  • Hoffman, P., & Morcom, A.M. (2018) Age-related changes in the neural networks supporting semantic cognition: A meta-analysis of 47 functional neuroimaging studies. Neurosci Biobehav Rev 84, 134-150.
  • Burnside, K.; Hope C; Gill, E.; & Morcom, A.M. (2017) Semantic relations do not always increase false memory in older adults. PeerJ 5: e4184.
  • Keating, J., Affleck-Brodie, C., & Morcom, A.M. (2017) Aging, Working memory capacity and the proactive control of recollection. PLoS ONE 12(7).
  • Morcom, A.M. (2016). Mind over memory: Cueing the aging brain. Curr Direc Psychol Sci. 25: 143.
  • Pidgeon, L., & Morcom, A.M. (2016). Cortical pattern separation and item-specific memory encoding. Neuropsychologia. 85:256.
  • Morcom, A.M. (2015) Resisting false recognition: An ERP study of lure discrimination. Brain Res. 1624: 336.
  • Abdularahman, H.; Fletcher, P.C., Bullmore, E.T.; Morcom, A.M. (2015). Dopamine and memory dedifferentiation in ageing. Neuroimage. 153: 211–220.
  • Morcom A.M.; Johnson, W. (2015) Neural reorganization and compensation in aging. J Cogn Neurosci. 27(7):1275.
  • Parra, M.A., della Sala, S., Logie, R.H., & Morcom, A.M. (2014). Neural correlates of visual working memory binding. Neuropsychologia. 52:27.

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