Robert Ross

Phone: (603) 862-4305
Office: Psychology, McConnell Hall Rm 424, Durham, NH 03824
Robert Ross

I have always been interested in how we can remember information. As a graduate student, I used animal models of memory to examine how long-term memories are stored. My post-graduate training has been as a cognitive and clinical neuroscientist. As a cognitive neuroscientist, I use electroencephalography (EEG) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to illustrate how the brain supports memory and cognitive control and how certain disease states impact brain function during memory and cognitive control. I am specifically interested in the interaction between alpha and beta oscillations during memory and cognitive control. I also examine how different cognitive training techniques like mindfulness meditation might help improve memory function.


  • Ph.D., Psychology, Boston University
  • M.A., Psychology, Boston University
  • B.A., Psychology, Fairleigh Dickinson University

Research Interests

  • Behavioral/Experimental Psychology
  • Cognition
  • Cognitive neuroscience, with an emphasis on memory and executive function
  • Human Learning and Memory
  • Long-Term Memory
  • Memory Disorders
  • Neuropsychology
  • Neuroscience
  • Physiological Psychology
  • Psychology of Aging
  • Short-term Memory

Courses Taught

  • INCO 590: Rsrch Exp/Psychology
  • INCO 790: Adv Rsrch Exp/Psychology
  • NSB 502: Fundament. of Neuroscience II
  • NSB 503: Neurobiology Laboratory II
  • NSB 799H: Honors Senior Thesis
  • PSYC 502: Research Methods in Psychology
  • PSYC 716: Cognitive Neuroscience
  • PSYC 741W: Adv Top/Cognitive Neuroscience
  • PSYC 894: Advanced Research
  • PSYC 901: Graduate Pro-seminar
  • PSYC 902: Graduate Pro-seminar
  • PSYC 933: Adv Sem/Physiological Psych
  • PSYC 999: Doctoral Research

Selected Publications

Cohen, J. E., Ross, R. S., & Stern, C. E. (2018). Predictability matters: role of the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex in disambiguation of overlapping sequences. Learning & Memory, 25(8), 335-346. doi:10.1101/lm.047175.117

Medrano, P., Nyhus, E., Smolen, A., Curran, T., & Ross, R. S. (2017). Individual differences in EEG correlates of recognition memory due to DAT polymorphisms. Brain and Behavior, 7(12), e00870. doi:10.1002/brb3.870

Schon, K., Newmark, R. E., Ross, R. S., & Stern, C. E. (2016). A Working Memory Buffer in Parahippocampal Regions: Evidence from a Load Effect during the Delay Period. Cerebral Cortex, 26(5), 1965-1974. doi:10.1093/cercor/bhv013

Putcha, D., Ross, R. S., Cronin-Golomb, A., Janes, A. C., & Stern, C. E. (2016). Salience and Default Mode Network Coupling Predicts Cognition in Aging and Parkinson’s Disease. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 22(2), 205-215. doi:10.1017/s1355617715000892

Ross, R. S., Medrano, P., Boyle, K., Smolen, A., Curran, T., & Nyhus, E. (2015). Genetic variation in the serotonin transporter gene influences ERP old/new effects during recognition memory. Neuropsychologia, 78, 95-107. doi:10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2015.09.028

Sherrill, K. R., Erdem, U. M., Ross, R. S., Brown, T. I., Hasselmo, M. E., & Stern, C. E. (2013). Hippocampus and Retrosplenial Cortex Combine Path Integration Signals for Successful Navigation. Journal of Neuroscience, 33(49), 19304-19313. doi:10.1523/jneurosci.1825-13.2013

Brown, T. I., Ross, R. S., Keller, J. B., Hasselmo, M. E., & Stern, C. E. (2010). Which Way Was I Going? Contextual Retrieval Supports the Disambiguation of Well Learned Overlapping Navigational Routes. Journal of Neuroscience, 30(21), 7414-7422. doi:10.1523/jneurosci.6021-09.2010

McGaughy, J., Ross, R. S., & Eichenbaum, H. (2008). Noradrenergic, but not cholinergic, deafferentation of prefrontal cortex impairs attentional set-shifting. Neuroscience, 153(1), 63-71. doi:10.1016/j.neuroscience.2008.01.064

Ross, R. S., & Slotnick, S. D. (2008). The Hippocampus is Preferentially Associated with Memory for Spatial Context. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 20(3), 432-446. doi:10.1162/jocn.2008.20.3.432

Ross, R. S. (2006). Dynamics of Hippocampal and Cortical Activation during Consolidation of a Nonspatial Memory. Journal of Neuroscience, 26(18), 4852-4859. doi:10.1523/jneurosci.0659-06.2006

Most Cited Publications