Larry Cahill

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Professor, Neurobiology and Behavior
School of Biological Sciences

PH.D., University of California, Irvine, 1990

Email: lfcahill@uci.edu

University of California, Irvine
116 Bonney Bldg (inner office)
Irvine, CA 92697-3800
Research Interests
Sex influences on the mammalian brain/body
Academic Distinctions
Outstanding Professor in the School of Biological Sciences, 2005-6, 2007-8
Research Abstract
For the first half of my career I, like most neuroscientists, assumed that biological sex does not matter for understanding any brain processes outside those directly related to reproduction. It turns out that this view is completely false. Sex influences of all sizes exist at all levels of mammalian brain function, necessarily including the human brain, all the way down to the genetic level. My work the past 18 years focused on understanding sex influences in the specific domain of emotional memory, and in changing all of research/medicine to start actively understanding, rather than denying, sex differences, especially since denying them disproportionately harms women.
Publications
Cahill, L (in press) How does hormonal contraception affect the developing teen brain? Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences
 
Ferree, N., Wheeler, M., Cahill,L. (in press) The influence of emergency contraception on post-traumatic stress symptoms following sexual assault. Journal of Forensic Nursing,
 
Cahill, L (in press) A Half Truth is a Whole Lie: on the Necessity of Investigating Sex influences on Brain Function. Neuroendocrinology.
 
Ertman, N. , Andreano, J., and Cahill, L (2011) Progesterone at encoding predicts subsequent emotional memory. Learning and Memory, 18: 1-6.
 
Nielsen, S., Ertman., N., Lakhani, Y., and Cahill L. (2011) Hormonal contraception usage is associated with altered memory for an emotional story. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 96: 378- 384.
 
Cahill, L. (2010) Sex Influences on Brain and Emotional Memory: The Burden of Proof has Shifted. Progress in Brain Research (I. Savic, Ed) 186: 29-40.
 
Andreano, J and Cahill, L (2010) Menstrual cycle modulation of medial temporal lobe activity evoked by negative emotion. Neuroimage 53: 1286-1293
 
Jazin, E and Cahill, L. (2010) Sex Differences in Molecular Neuroscience: From Drosophila to Humans. Nature Neuroscience Reviews. 11: 9-17
 
Andreano, J. and Cahill, L (2009) Sex Influences on the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory. Learning and Memory. 16: 248-266.
 
Segal, S. and Cahill, L. (2009) Endogenous noradrenergic activation and subsequent memory in men and women. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 34: 1263-1271.
 
Ferree, N. and Cahill, L. (2009) Post-event spontaneous intrusive recollections and strength of memory for emotional events in men and women. Consciousness and Cognition. 18: 126-134
 
Alkire, M., Gruver, R., Miller, J., McReynolds, J., Hahn, E. and Cahill., L. (2008) Neuroimaging analysis of an anesthetic gas that blocks human emotional memory. PNAS USA, 105: 1722-1727.
 
Andreano, J.M. and Cahill, L. Glucocorticoid Release and Memory Consolidation in Men and Women. Psychological Science 17:466-70 (2006).
 
Cahill, L. Why Sex Matters for Neuroscience. Nature Neuroscience Reviews. 7: 477-484. (2006).
 
Kilpatrick, L. Zald, D.H., Pardo, J.V. and Cahill, L. Sex-related Differences in Amygdala Functional Connectivity during Resting Conditions. Neuroimage. 30: 452-461. (2006).
 
Cahill, L. His Brain, Her Brain Scientific American. May 2005
 
Ferree, N., Kamat, R. and Cahill, L. (2011) Influences of menstrual cycle position and sex hormone levels on spontaneous intrusive recollections following emotional stimuli. Consciousness and Cognition, 20: 1154-1162.
 
Parker, E.S., Cahill, L., and McGaugh, J.L. A case of unusual autobiographical remembering. Neurocase. 12: 35-49. (2006)
 
Cahill, L., Uncapher, M. Kilpatrick, L., Alkire, M. and Turner, J. Sex-Related Hemispheric Lateralization of Amygdala Function in Emotionally-Influenced Memory: An fMRI Investigation. Learning and Memory. (2004) 11: 261-266.
 
Cahill, L., Gorski, L., Belcher, A. and Huynh, Q. A study of the influence of sex versus sex-related traits on long-term recall of gist and detail from an emotional story. Consciousness and Cognition. (2004) 13: 391-400.
 
Kilpatrick, L and Cahill, L. Amygdala modulation of parahippocampal and frontal regions during emotionally influenced memory storage. Neuroimage. (2003) 20: 2091-2099.
 
Cahill, L., Sex- and hemisphere-related influences on the neurobiology of emotionally influenced memory. Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry. (2003) 27: 1235-1241.
 
Cahill, L. and Alkire, M. Epinephrine enhancement of human memory consolidation: Interaction with arousal at encoding. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory. (2003) 79: 194-198.
 
Cahill, L. and van Stegeren, A. Sex-related impairment of memory for emotional events with ß-adrenergic blockade. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory. (2003) 79:81-88.
 
Cahill, L. and McGaugh, J.L. Mechanisms of emotional arousal and lasting declarative memory. Trends in Neurosciences (1998) 21:294-299.
 
Cahill, L., Weinberger, N., Roozendaal, B., and McGaugh, J.L. Is the amygdala a locus of "conditioned fear?" Some questions and caveats. Neuron. (1999) 23:227-228.
Professional Society
Organization for the Study of Sex Differences
Last updated
07/27/2018