We are currently recruiting a postdoc (see above). Please apply online at:

The lab accepts graduate students wishing to pursue a PhD through either the Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience Program of the UMass PBS department, or the Neuroscience and Behavior Program. The next application deadline is for entry in Fall 2018. Please visit the UMass gradschool website, the Neuroscience and Behavior Program website, and the graduate page of the Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience Division of PBS. We have a slight preference for accepting students through the PBS program (rather than the NSB program) but this is ultimately a personal choice for the applicant. Email Rosie Cowell for information specific to the cMAP Lab, and to discuss entry via the two programs.

There will be positions available for undergraduate Research Assistants (for 398B course credit) in Spring 2018. Please complete the cMAP RA Application Form and send it to Rosie Cowell by email in late Fall 2017.

If you wish to complete an Independent Study (for 496A course credit) in the lab, you must first complete a 398B. Please let us know your plans at the time of applying.

If your long-term goal is to complete an Honors Thesis in the lab, please speak to Rosie Cowell about this as early as possible. You must have first completed a semester of 496A (Independent Study). Also note that if you would like to write a thesis involving either fMRI or computational models, a critical pre-requisite is to be proficient in the MATLAB programming language. For Honors projects involving other methodologies (i.e., behavioral studies), MATLAB skills are also important but could be learned on the job.
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Welcome to the Computational Memory and Perception Lab, directed by Dr. Rosie Cowell in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

We are interested in the neural and cognitive mechanisms of visual perception and memory in the human brain. We also investigate how these functions are disrupted by aging or by brain damage in the ventral visual stream and medial temporal lobe. We use computational models, fMRI and behavioral studies in humans. Our research asks questions such as: What are the neural mechanisms of face processing? Does recollection require the hippocampus, or can it be mediated by other parts of the brain? How does interference cause forgetting, and does this change with age?

We are also developing novel methods for fMRI analysis, using maximum likelihood estimation and Bayesian hierarchical modeling. Our goal is to develop a mathematical technique that can characterize the neural-level responses that give rise to the voxel tuning functions observed in early visual areas using fMRI.

Our research is funded by the Cognitive Neuroscience Program of the National Science Foundation (NSF CAREER Award 1554871), and by the NIMH under the BRAIN Initiative (

*** We are hiring! *** A post-doctoral position is available under a new NIH Brain Initiative funding award. The project will develop a novel technique for inferring the operations of neural subpopulations that contribute to the voxel response in fMRI. Please see further details and apply at the following link:

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