Selected Polyn Lab Poster Presentations

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  • Morton, N. W., and Polyn, S. M. A neurocognitive theory of episodic and semantic interactions during memory search.

    Download file "MortPoly_sub.pdf"
  • Polyn, S. M., McCluey, J. D., Morton, N. W., Woolard, A. A., Luksik, A. S., and Heckers, S. Memory targeting and the organizational impairment of memory search in schizophrenia.

    Download file "PolyEtalSZ.pdf"

In press

  • Kragel, J. E., Morton, N. W, and Polyn, S. M. Neural activity in the medial temporal lobe reveals the fidelity of mental time travel. Journal of Neuroscience.
    Download file "KragEtal14_inpress.pdf"
  • Kragel, J. E. and Polyn, S. M. Functional interactions between large-scale networks during memory search. Cerebral Cortex.
    Download file "KragPoly13.pdf"
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  • Lohnas, L. J., Polyn, S. M., and Kahana, M. J. Expanding the scope of memory search: Modeling intralist and interlist effects in free recall. Psychological Review.


  • Polyn, S. M., and Sederberg, P. B. (2013) Brain rhythms in mental time travel. NeuroImage, 85, 678-684.
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  • Miller, J. F., Neufang, M., Solway, A., Brandt, A., Trippel, M., Mader, I., Hefft, S., Merkow, M., Polyn, S. M., Jacobs, J., Kahana, M. J., Schulze-Bonhage, A. (2013) Neural activity in human hippocampal formation reveals the spatial context of retrieved memories. Science, 342, 1111-1114.
    Download file "MillEtal13.pdf"
  • Miller, J. F., Lazarus, E. M., Polyn, S. M., and Kahana, M. J. (2013) Spatial clustering during memory search. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 39 (3), 773-781.
    Download file "MillEtal12a.pdf"
  • Morton, N. W, Kahana, M. J., Rosenberg, E. A., Baltuch, G. H., Litt, B. B., Sharan, A. D., Sperling, M. R., and Polyn, S. M. (2013). Category-specific neural oscillations predict recall organization during memory search. Cerebral Cortex, 23 (10), 2407–2422.
    Download file "MortEtal13.pdf"
  • Morton, N. W (2013). Interactions between episodic and semantic memory (Major area paper for PhD qualifying exam). Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN.
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  • Pachur, T., Raaijmakers, J. G. W., Davelaar, E. J., Daw, N. D., Dougherty, M. R., Hommel, B., Lee, M. D., Polyn, S. M., Ridderinkhof, K. R., Todd, P. M., and Wolfe, J. M. (2012). Unpacking cognitive search: mechanisms and processes. In P. M. Todd, T. T. Hills, and T. W. Robbins (Eds.), Cognitive Search: Evolution, Algorithms, and the Brain. (pp. 237-254). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
    Download file "PachEtal12.pdf"
  • Polyn, S. M., Kragel, J. E., Morton, N. W, McCluey, J. D., and Cohen, Z. D. (2012) The neural dynamics of task context in free recall. Neuropsychologia, 50, 447–457.
    Download file "PolyEtal12.pdf"


  • Manning, J. M., Polyn, S. M., Baltuch, G., Litt, B., Kahana, M. J. (2011) Oscillatory patterns in temporal lobe reveal context reinstatement during memory search. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA.Download file "MannEtal11a.pdf"
  • Lohnas, L. J., Polyn, S. M., and Kahana, M. J. (2011) Contextual variability in free recall. Journal of Memory and Language, 64, 249-255.
    Download file "LohnEtal11.pdf"
  • Polyn, S. M., Erlikhman, G., and Kahana, M. J. (2011) Semantic cuing and the scale-insensitivity of recency and contiguity. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 27 (3), 766–775.
    Download file "PolyEtal11.pdf"
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  • Sederberg, P. B., Gershman, S. J., Polyn, S. M., and Norman, K. A. (2011) Human memory reconsolidation can be explained using the Temporal Context Model. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 18 (3), 455-468.
    Download file "SedeEtal11.pdf"


  • Polyn, S. M., Norman, K. A., and Kahana, M. J. (2009b). Task context and organization in free recall. Neuropsychologia, 47, 2158-2163.
    Download file "PolyEtal09b.pdf"
  • Polyn, S. M., Norman, K. A., and Kahana, M. J. (2009a). A context maintenance and retrieval model of organizational processes in free recall. Psychological Review, 116(1), 129–156.
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  • Kahana, M. J., Howard, M. W., and Polyn, S. M. (2008). Associative retrieval processes in episodic memory. In H. L. Roediger III (Ed.), Cognitive psychology of memory. Vol. 2 of Learning and memory: A comprehensive reference, 4 vols. (J. Byrne, Editor). Oxford: Elsevier.
  • Polyn S. M. & Kahana M. J. (2008) Memory search and the neural representation of context. Trends in Cognitive Science, 12(1), 24-30.
    Download file "PolyKaha08.pdf"

2007 and earlier

  • Norman K. A., Polyn S. M., Detre G. J., & Haxby J. V. (2006) Beyond mind reading: multi-voxel pattern analysis of fMRI data. Trends in Cognitive Science, 10(3), 424-430.
    Download file "NormEtal06_TICS.pdf"
  • Polyn S. M., Natu V. S., Cohen J. D., & Norman K. A. (2005) Category-specific cortical activity precedes recall during memory search. Science, 310, 1963-1966.
    Download file "PolyEtal05.pdf"
  • Polyn S., Wu X.B., & Levy W.B. (2000) Entorhinal/dentate excitation of CA3: A critical variable in hippocampal models. Neurocomputing, 32-33, 493-499.
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