Karen Campbell

Assistant Professor, Ph.D. (U. of Toronto), Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience of Aging 

Office: MC B317
905 688 5550 x4281

Neurocognitive Aging

  • attention
  • memory
  • fMRI
  • EEG/ERPs
  • effective and functional connectivity
  • eye-tracking

The overall objective of my research program is to understand how attention and memory interact in the brain, and to determine why explicit memory declines with age. Attentional control, or the ability to limit one’s attention to goal-relevant information and suppress distraction, interacts with and affects almost all cognitive functions.

However, most cognitive aging research tends to focus on declines within particular cognitive domains (e.g., associative memory, language comprehension) with little regard for how the tasks used to measure those domains also tax attentional control systems.

My research program breaks from this tradition by asking how artificial task demands, coupled with reduced attentional control, contribute to apparent age differences in memory and the neural processes underlying it.

Campbell, K. L., & Schacter, D. L. (2016). Aging and the resting state: Is cognition obsolete? Language, Cognition, and Neuroscience. Advance online publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/23273798.2016.1227858.

Amer, T., Campbell, K. L., & Hasher, L. (2016). Cognitive control as a double-edged sword. Trends in Cognitive Sciences. Advance online publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tics.2016.10.002

Campbell, K. L., Samu, D., Davis, S. W., Geerligs, L., Mustafa, A., Cam-CAN, & Tyler, L. K. (2016). Robust resilience of the frontotemporal syntax system to aging. Journal of Neuroscience, 36, 5214-5227.

Campbell, K. L., Shafto, M. A., Wright, P., Tsvetanov, K. A., Geerligs, L., Cusack, R., Cam-CAN, & Tyler, L. K. (2015). Idiosyncratic responding during movie-watching predicted by age differences in attentional control. Neurobiology of Aging, 36, 3045-3055.

Campbell, K. L., Trelle, A., & Hasher, L. (2014). Age differences in hyper-binding across time. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 40, 293-299.

Campbell, K. L., Grady, C. L., Ng, C., & Hasher, L. (2012). Age differences in the frontoparietal cognitive control network: Implications for distractibility. Neuropsychologia, 50, 2212-2223.

Campbell, K. L., Hasher, L., & Thomas, R. C. (2010). Hyper-binding: A unique age effect. Psychological Science, 21, 399-405.

Campbell, K. L., Al-Aidroos, N., Pratt, J., & Hasher, L. (2009). Repelling the young and attracting the old: Examining age-related differences in saccade trajectory deviations. Psychology and Aging, 24, 163-168.