Chantal Stern

Portrait of Chantal Stern

Professor and Chair, Psychological & Brain Sciences, College of Arts & Sciences
Director, Cognitive Neuroimaging Center

DPhil, Experimental Psychology, Oxford University
BA, Psychology, McGill University
Kilachand Center, Room 903


Stern is an expert in human brain imaging and was a member of the research team that pioneered the development of functional magnetic resonance imaging, including early work focusing on the human hippocampus. Her lab’s primary goal is to study how the normal brain encodes, stores, and subsequently recognizes visual, spatial, and verbal information. In addition to studies of normal memory processes, including long-term and short-term memory processes, Stern and her team are studying basic science questions that include understanding spatial navigation, rule-learning, and interactions between memory and attention. Her translational work focuses on Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. Thanks to a $1.6 million National Science Foundation instrumentation grant that Stern secured in 2016, her center showcases a Siemens 3 Tesla Magnetic Resonance Imaging scanner—a fundamental tool for studying the human brain.

Research Interests:

cognitive neuroscience, learning and memory, neuroimaging


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