Brock Kirwan, Associate Professor
- PhD in Psychological and Brain Sciences from Johns Hopkins University, 2006
- MA in Psychology from Johns Hopkins University, 2004
- BS in Philosophy from University of Utah, 2001
- BS in Psychology from University of Utah, 2001
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.
- Kirwan, C., Davidson, L., Larson, M., & LeCheminant, J. (2018). Brain reactivity to visual food stimuli after moderate-intensity exercise in children. Brain Imaging and Behavior, 12, 1032-1041.
- Doxey, C. R., Hodges, C. B., Bodily, T. A., Muncy, N. M., & Kirwan, C. (2018). The Effects of Sleep on the Neural Correlates of Pattern Separation. Hippocmpus.
- Kirwan, C. (2017). Discrete pre-processing step effects in registration-based pipelines: A preliminary volumetric study on T1-weighted images. PLOS One, 12(10), e0186071.
- Jensen, C., Duraccio, K. M., Carbine, K. A., Barnett, K. A., & Kirwan, C. (2017). Motivational impact of palatable food correlates with functional brain responses to food images in adolescents.. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 578-587.
- Wright, K. L., Kirwan, C., Gale, S., Levan, A. J., & Hopkins, R. (2017). Long-term cognitive and neuroanatomical stability in patients with anoxic amnesia: A case resport. Brain Injury, 31(5), 709-716.
- Nguyen, S. E., Doxey, C. R., Hutchinson, B., Nielson, A. L., Nguyen, J. L., Golightly, T., Wisco, J. (2016). The Effect of Students’ Emotional Maturity on Their Perception of Test Question Fairness: An fMRI and Focus Group Study. .
- South, M., Top, D. N., Stephenson, K., Doxey, C. R., Crowley, M. J., & Kirwan, C. (2016). Atypical amygdala response to fear conditioning in autism spectrum disorder.. Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging, 1(4), 308-314.
- Kirwan, C. (2016). An Event-related Potential Investigation of Pattern Separation and Pattern Completion Processes. Cognitive Neuroscience, 8(1), 9-23.
- Clayson, P. E., Kirwan, C., & Weissman, D. H. (2016). Event-related potential (ERP) indices of congruency sequence effects without feature integration or contingency learning confounds. Psychophysiology, 53, 814-822.
- Jensen, C., Duraccio, K. M., Carbine, K. A., & Kirwan, C. (2016). Topical Review: Unique contributions of magnetic resonance imagining to pediatric psychology research.. In Journal of Pediatric Psychology. Cary/NC: Oxford University Press.
- Kirwan, C., Davidson, L., & LeCheminant, J. (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. In Brain Imaging and Behavior (pp. 68-78).
- Anderson, B., Kirwan, C., Jenkins, J., & Vance, A. (2015). How Polymorphic Warnings Reduce Habituation in the Brain—Insights from an fMRI Study. In Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI). Seoul:
- Kirwan, C. (2015). Structural and functional correlates of behavioral pattern separation in the hippocampus and medial temporal lobe. In Hippocampus.
- Jensen, C., & Kirwan, C. (2015). Functional brain response to food images in successful adolescent weight losers compared to normal weight and overweight controls.. In Obesity (pp. 630-636). Nature Publishing Group.
- Anderson, B., Vance, A., & Kirwan, C. (2014). Users Aren’t (Necessarily) Lazy: Using NeuroIS to Explain Habituation to Security Warnings. International Conference on Information Systems.
- Vance, A., Anderson, B., & Kirwan, C. (2014). Using Measures of Risk Perception to Predict Information Security Behavior: Insights from Electroencephalography (EEG). Journal of the Association for Information Systems, 15(10), pp. 679-722.
- Smith, C. N., Jeneson, A., Frascino, J. C., Kirwan, C., Hopkins, R., & Squire, L. R. (2014). When recognition memory is independent of hippocampal function. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111(27), 9935-9940.
- Kirwan, C. (2014). Remembering and Imagining Differentially Engage the Hippocampus: A Multivariate fMRI Investigation. Cognitive Neuroscience, 5(3-4), 1-9.
- Kirwan, C. (2013). A possible negative influence of depression on the ability to overcome memory interference. In Behavioral Brain Research (pp. 20-26).
- Kirwan, C. (2013). Visual Object Pattern Separation Varies in Older Adults. Learning and Memory, 20, 348-351.
- Larson, M., & Kirwan, C. (2013). What are the influences of orthogonally-manipulated valence and arousal on performance monitoring processes? The effects of affective state. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 87(3), 327-339.
- Kirwan, C. (2012). A Parametric Investigation of Pattern Separation Processes in the Medial Temporal Lobe. The Journal of Neuroscience, 32(38), 13076-13084.
- Kirwan, C. (2009). Visual object pattern separation deficits in nondemented older adults. Learning and Memory, 16, 338-342.
- Kirwan, C. (2009). The Human Hippocampus and Recognition Memory: Evidence from Yes/No Tests and Forced-Choice Tests with either Corresponding or Non-Corresponding Lures. In Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience (pp. Abstract No. A87).
- Kirwan, C. (2008). Activity in both hippocampus and perirhinal cortex predicts the memory strength of subsequently remembered information. Neuron, 59(4), 547-553.
- Kirwan, C. (2008). Activity in the medial temporal lobe predicts memory strength, whereas activity in the prefrontal cortex predicts recollection. Journal of Neuroscience, 28(42), 10541-10548.
- Kirwan, C. (2008). Pattern Separation in the human hippocampal CA3 and dentate gyrus subfields. Science, 319(5870), 1640-1642.
- Kirwan, C. (2008). The neural basis of the cognitive map: path integration does not require hippocampus or entorhinal cortex. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 105(33), 12034-12038.
- Kirwan, C. (2007). High-Resolution fMRI Investigation of the Medial Temporal Lobe. Human Brain Mapping, 28(10), 959-966.
- Kirwan, C. (2007). Overcoming interference: An fMRI investigation of pattern separation in the medial temporal lobe. Learning and Memory, 14(9), 625-633.
- Kirwan, C. (2004). Medial temporal lobe activation during encoding and retrieval of novel face-name pairs. Hippocampus, 14(7), 919-930.
- Kirwan, C. (2003). Medial temporal lobe activation in encoding and retrieval of novel face-name pairs. Society for Neuroscience Abstracts, 29, Program No. 514.7.