Karin Schon, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology
Location: Spivack Center X141
Dr. Schon received a joint B.A./M.A. degree in Psychology from the University of Hamburg in Germany in 1998, and her Ph.D. from the Department of Psychology at Boston University in 2005. Her dissertation focused on functional neuroimaging studies of working memory and long-term memory formation under the mentorship of Prof. Chantal Stern. She then continued her work with Prof. Stern as a Postdoc. In 2010 she received a Pathway to Independence Career Development Award from the National Institute on Aging to investigate the effects or cardio-respiratory fitness and exercise on the function and structure of the medial temporal lobe memory system. In May 2013 she joined the Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology at the Boston University School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor.
Her research interests currently focus on investigating the role of aerobic exercise as a modulator of cognitive function and brain health in aging and Alzheimer’s disease in humans. She uses functional and structural MRI, behavioral and exercise physiology methods, and biomarker assays.
Dr. Schon is a cognitive neuroscientist collaborating with ADC investigators.
In addition to her Career Development Award from the National Institute on Aging that she received in 2010, Dr. Schon was awarded the Kavita Jain Dissertation Award for best dissertation at the Department of Psychology at Boston University and a Felicia Sorembe Lambros Prize for Research from Boston University in 2005. Dr. Schon is a 2013 CCAD Junior Investigator of the Charleston Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease. She is a member of the Society for Neuroscience, the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, and the International Neuropsychological Society.
R. E. Newmark, K. Schon, R. S. Ross, M. Young, C. E. Stern (2013). Disambiguation during working memory: A high-resolution fMRI study of the human medial temporal lobe. Hippocampus. In press.
K. Schon, R. S. Ross, M. E. Hasselmo, C. E. Stern (2013). Complementary Roles of medial temporal lobes and dorsolateral prefrontal cortex for working memory for novel and familiar trial-unique visual stimuli: an fMRI study. European Journal of Neuroscience. 37(4):668-78. doi: 10.1111/ejn.12062. Epub 2012 Nov 21.
K. Schon, Y. T. Quiroz, M. E. Hasselmo, C. E. Stern (2009). Greater working memory load results in greater medial temporal activity at retrieval. Cerebral Cortex 19(11):2561-2571. Epub 2009 Feb 18. PMCID: 2758675
M. L. LoPresti, K. Schon, M. D. Tricarico, J. D. Swisher, K. A. Celone, C. E. Stern (2008). Working memory for social cues recruits orbitofrontal cortex and amygdala: a functional magnetic resonance imaging study of delayed matching to sample for emotional expressions. The Journal of Neuroscience 28(14):3718-28. PMCID: 2748754
K. Schon, S. Tinaz, D. C. Somers, and C. E. Stern (2008). Delayed match to object or place: an event-related fMRI study of short-term stimulus maintenance and the role of stimulus pre-exposure. NeuroImage 39(2):857-72. Epub 2007 Sep 21. PMCID: 2147068
S. Tinaz, H. E. Schendan, K. Schon, and C. E. Stern (2006). Evidence for the importance of basal ganglia output nuclei in semantic event sequencing: An fMRI study. Brain Research 1067(1):239-49.
K. Schon, A. Atri, M. E. Hasselmo, M. D. Tricarico, M. L. LoPresti, and C. E. Stern. (2005) Scopolamine reduces persistent activity related to long-term encoding in the parahippocampal gyrus during delayed matching in humans. The Journal of Neuroscience 25(40): 9112-9123.
K. Schon, M. E. Hasselmo, M. L. LoPresti, M. D. Tricarico, and C. E. Stern. (2004) Persistence of parahippocampal representation in the absence of stimulus input enhances long-term encoding: A functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging study of subsequent memory after a delayed match-to-sample task. The Journal of Neuroscience 24(49):11088-11097.