Joel Quamme

Joel Quamme

Associate Professor
B.A. Jamestown College, Jamestown, ND
M.A. University of California, Davis
Ph.D. University of California, Davis
Office: 1311 Au Sable Hall
Phone: 616-331-2153

Office Hours


Memory and Cognition, Cognitive Neuroscience

Courses Taught

PSY 101 - Introductory Psychology
PSY 300 - Research Methods in Psychology
PSY 365 - Cognition

Current Research Interests

I study human memory.  I am interested in the cognitive and neural mechanisms that underlie our ability to remember prior events.  I conduct experiments to examine the memory abilities of normal healthy individuals, the memory performance of individuals with organic memory disorders, and brain activity correlates of memory decisions in functional MRI.  I also develop and test mathematical and statistical models of memory processes to explain commonalities and individual differences in how people make memory judgments.

Most of my work is aimed at characterizing how people make use of different types of information to make recognition decisions. When deciding whether a stimulus was encountered before, to what extent do we rely on the general familiarity of the item and to what extent do we rely on the recollection of specific details about the prior event during which the stimulus previously occurred?  In my research I’ve been investigating how these two sources of evidence are represented in memory, how people combine them to make decisions in different situations, and how the brain gives rise to these processes.

Representative Publications

Quamme, J. R., Weiss, D. J., & Norman, K. A. (2010) Listening for recollection: a multi-voxel pattern analysis of recognition memory retrieval strategies. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 4:61. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2010.00061

Migo, E., Montaldi, D., Norman, K A., Quamme, J.. & Mayes, A. (2009). The contribution of familiarity to recognition memory is a function of test format when using similar foils.  Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 62, 1198-1215.

Vann, S. D., Tsivilis, D., Denby, C. E., Quamme, J. R., Yonelinas, A. P., Aggleton, J. P., Montaldi, D., & Mayes, A. R. (2009). Impaired recollection but spared familiarity in patients with extended hippocampal system damage: convergence across three methods. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 106, 5442-7.

Haskins, A., Yonelinas, A. P., Quamme, J. R., & Ranganath, C. (2008). Perirhinal cortex supports encoding and familiarity-based recognition of novel associations. Neuron, 59, 554-560.

Quamme, J. R., Yonelinas, A. P., & Norman, K. A. (2007). Effect of unitization on associative recognition in amnesia. Hippocampus, 17, 192-200.

Quamme, J. R., Yonelinas, A. P., Widaman, K. F., Kroll N. E. A., & Sauve, M. J. (2004). Recall and recognition in mild hypoxia: Using covariance structural modeling to test competing theories of explicit memory. Neuropsychologia, 42, 672-691.

Yonelinas, A. P., Kroll, N. E. A., Quamme, J. R., Lazzara, M. L., Widaman, K. F., Sauve, M. J, & Knight, R. T. (2002). Differential effects of extensive medial-temporal lobe damage or mild hypoxia on recollection and familiarity. Nature Neuroscience, 5, 1236-1241.

Quamme, J. R., Fredrick, C., Kroll N. E. A., Yonelinas, A. P., Dobbins, I. (2002). Recognition memory for source and occurrence: The importance of recollection. Memory and Cognition, 30, 893-907.

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