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Brock Kirwan, Associate Professor

Department: Psychology



  • PhD, Johns Hopkins University, 2006
  • MA, Johns Hopkins University, 2004
  • BS, University of Utah, 2001
  • BS, University of Utah, 2001

Research Interests

I study the brain mechanisms that allow people to form and retain memories of events. This includes big events, like your wedding or your sixth birthday, as well as more mundane information, like where you parked your car or what the word "doughnut" means. One question that occupies much of my time is this: What information will we forget, and why? To address this and other questions, my students and I use a number of methods, including neuropsychological studies with memory-impaired patients, behavioral studies with healthy adults, and functional neuroimaging (fMRI) experiments. Our fMRI experiments are conducted at the new MRI Research Facility on BYU campus.

Publication Info

  • Sarah E. Nguyen, Christopher R. Doxey, BreAnna Hutchinson, Amanda L. Nielson, Joseph L. Nguyen, Thomas R Golightly, Christopher B Kirwan, Jonathan Jayme Wisco (2016). The Effect of Students’ Emotional Maturity on Their Perception of Test Question Fairness: An fMRI and Focus Group Study.
  • Mikle Don South, David N Top, Kevin Stephenson, Christopher R Doxey, Michael J Crowley, Christopher B Kirwan (2016). Atypical amygdala response to fear conditioning in autism spectrum disorder. Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging.
  • Malia L Anderson, Jesse R James, Christopher B Kirwan (2016). An Event-related Potential Investigation of Pattern Separation and Pattern Completion Processes. Cognitive Neuroscience.
  • Michael J Larson, Peter E Clayson, Christopher B Kirwan, Daniel H Weissman (2016). Event-related potential (ERP) indices of congruency sequence effects without feature integration or contingency learning confounds. Psychophysiology.
  • Chad D Jensen, Kara M Duraccio, Kaylie A Carbine, Christopher B Kirwan (2016). Topical Review: Unique contributions of magnetic resonance imagining to pediatric psychology research. Journal of Pediatric Psychology.
  • Travis Masterson, Christopher B Kirwan, Lance E Davidson, James Derek LeCheminant (2016). Neural reactivity to visual food stimuli is reduced in some areas of the brain during evening hours compared to morning: an fMRI study in women. Brain Imaging and Behavior.
  • Bonnie Brinton Anderson, Christopher B Kirwan, Jeffrey Lyne Jenkins, David Eargle, Seth Howard, Anthony O Vance (2015). How Polymorphic Warnings Reduce Habituation in the Brain—Insights from an fMRI Study. Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI).
  • Christopher R. Doxey, Christopher B Kirwan (2015). Structural and functional correlates of behavioral pattern separation in the hippocampus and medial temporal lobe. Hippocampus.
  • Chad D Jensen, Christopher B Kirwan (2015). Functional brain response to food images in successful adolescent weight losers compared to normal weight and overweight controls. Obesity.
  • Bonnie Brinton Anderson, Anthony O Vance, Christopher B Kirwan, David Eargle, Seth Howard (2014). Users Aren’t (Necessarily) Lazy: Using NeuroIS to Explain Habituation to Security Warnings. International Conference on Information Systems.