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Jessica M. Karanian

Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology

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BA Fairfield University
MA Boston College
PHD Boston College

Jessica M. Karanian

How is our conscious experience of memory supported by the brain? Dr. Karanian aims to answer this question by employing a variety of cognitive neuroscience techniques (fMRI, EEG, and TMS). More specifically, she studies the role of medial temporal and visual cortical regions during the construction of true and false memories for visual information. Most recently, Dr. Karanian investigates how certain factors, including repeated interviews, misinformation, and stress, affect the accuracy of eyewitness memory reports. Ultimately, Dr. Karanian hopes to apply our theoretical understanding of memory construction to protect the integrity and improve the accuracy of human memory in real-world contexts.

Dr. Karanian received her Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience from Boston College in 2017. As a graduate student, she completed an Apprenticeship in College Teaching and was awarded the Donald J. White Award for Teaching Excellence. She also enjoys involvement in a number of mentorship and outreach initiatives, including the Boston College Women in Science and Technology Program, Boston College Law Innocence Program, and Graduate-Undergraduate Mentorship Program.

Representative Publications

  • Karanian, J. M., & Slotnick, S. D. (2017). False memory for shape activates the lateral occipital complex. Learning & Memory, 24, 552-556.
  • Karanian, J. M., & Slotnick, S. D. (2017). False memory for context and true memory for context similarly activate the parahippocampal cortex. Cortex, 91, 79-88.
  • Karanian, J. M., & Slotnick, S. D. (2015). Memory for shape reactivates the lateral occipital complex. Brain Research, 1603, 124-132.
  • Karanian, J. M., & Slotnick, S. D. (2014). False memory for context activates the parahippocampal cortex. Cognitive Neuroscience, 5, 186-192.
  • Karanian, J. M., & Slotnick, S. D. (2014). The cortical basis of true memory and false memory for motion. Neuropsychologia, 54, 53-58.


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