School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Michael D. Rugg

Co-Director, Center for Vital Longevity
Distinguished Chair in Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Research Interests

Cognitive neuroscience of human memory; effects of age and neuropathology on episodic memory

Curriculum Vitae


Email: [email protected]
Phone: 972-883-3725
Office: VP_8.17
Campus Mail Code: VP10
Website: fNIM Laboratory


Dr. Michael Rugg is known for his work over the past 30 or more years using non-invasive methods (EEG, PET, fMRI) to identify the neural correlates of cognitive processes, especially those involved in different kinds of memory. Over the past year he has published more than 10 papers on the neural correlates of episodic memory encoding and retrieval, and how these correlates differ across the healthy adult lifespan. Dr. Rugg has received the Henri Hecaen Award for contributions to neuropsychology and has been named Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science. Dr. Rugg received his bachelor’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom.

Recent and Selected Representative Publications

Recent Articles in Peer-Refereed Journals

Elward, R.L. and Rugg, M.D. (2015). Retrieval goal modulates memory for context. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 27, 2529-2540.

King, D.R., de Chastelaine, M., Elward, R.L., Wang, T.H., and Rugg, M.D. (2015) Recollection-related increases in functional connectivity predict individual differences in memory accuracy. Journal of Neuroscience, 28, 35, 1763-1772.

Wang, T.H., Johnson, J.D., de Chastelaine, M., Donley, B.E., and Rugg, M.D. (in press). The effects of age on the neural correlates of recollection success, recollection-related cortical reinstatement and post-retrieval monitoring. Cerebral Cortex.