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School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences - The University of Texas at Dallas

Michael Rugg


Michael Rugg


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

PhD, University of Leicester, UK

Cognitive Neuroscience of Episodic Memory



972-883-3725 phone email


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About Michael Rugg


Dr. Rugg is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Association for Psychological Science. He was awarded the Henri Hecaen Award for contributions to neuropsychology in 1989 and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1996. He is currently editor-in-chief of the international journal Neuropsychologia.


He received his bachelor's and doctoral degrees in psychology from the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom and went on to professorships at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and University College London. He joined the University of California, Irvine in 2003, where he served as the director of the Center for Neurobiology and Learning and Memory. In 2011, he joined UT Dallas as the Distinguished Chair in Behavioral and Brain Sciences and co-director of the Center for Vital Longevity.


Research Interests


Dr. Rugg works in the fields of cognitive neuroscience and human memory, as well as how aging and injury impact memory. His current work includes understanding how age-related changes in the brain's structure and function affect cognitive abilities. A major focus of his research is on episodic memory - the type of memory that allows us to remember events that are tied to a particular place and time. His work employs the behavioral methods of experimental psychology, neuroimaging techniques including functional magnetic resonance imaging, and electrophysiological recordings of human brain activity.


Recent Publications


Gottlieb, L., Wong, J., de Chastelaine, M. and Rugg, M.D. Neural correlates of the encoding of multi-modal contextual features. Learning and Memory, 2012, 19, 605-14.


Vilberg, K.L., and Rugg, M.D. The neural correlates of recollection: transient versus sustained fMRI effects. Journal of Neuroscience, 2012, 32, 15679-87.


Wang, T.H., de Chastelaine, M., Minton, B., and Rugg, M.D. Effects of age on the neural correlates of familiarity as indexed by ERPs. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 2012, 24, 1055-1068.


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