Craig E L Stark

Professor, Neurobiology and Behavior
School of Biological Sciences

Fellow, Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory

Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University, 1997, Cognitive Psychology

A.B., Harvard University, 1992, Psychology

Phone: (949) 824-4201

University of California, Irvine
320 Qureshey Research Lab
Mail Code: 3800
Irvine, CA 92697

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Memory, hippocampus, neuroimaging, amnesia, FMRI
URL Stark Lab website
Dr. Stark's research investigates the neural bases of human long-term memory. He uses functional neuroimaging (fMRI), experimental psychology, neuropsychological studies of amnesic patients, and studies of aging and dementia to investigate how the neural systems supporting these various types of memory operate and interact. Particular emphasis is placed on understanding the human hippocampus and other components of the medial temporal lobe.
Publications Lacy, JW, & Stark, CEL (2013). The neuroscience of memory: implications for the courtroom. Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 14: 1-10.
  Stark SM, Yassa MA, Lacy JW, & Stark CEL (2013). A task to assess behavioral pattern separation (BPS) in humans: Data from healthy aging and mild cognitive impairment. Neuropsychologia, doi:10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2012.12.014 [Epub ahead of print].
  Kirwan CB, Hartshorn A, Stark SM, Goodrich-Hunsaker NJ, Hopkins RO, & Stark CEL (2012). Pattern separation deficits following damage to the hippocampus. Neuropsychologia, 50(10), 2408-2414. PMCID: PMC3411917.
  LePort, AKR., Mattfeld, AT, Dickinson-Anson, H, Fallon, JH, Stark, CEL, Kruggel, FR, Cahill, L, & McGaugh, JL (2012). A behavioral and neuroanatomical investigation of Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory (HSAM). Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 98(1), 78-92.
  Lacy, JW, & Stark, CEL (2012). Intrinsic functional connectivity of the medial temporal lobe suggest a distinction between adjacent MTL cortices and hippocampus. Hippocampus, 22: 2290-2302.
  Stark, CEL (2012) It is time to fill gaps left by simple dissociations. Cognitive Neuroscience, 3: 215-216.
  Yassa MA, Hazlett RL, Stark CEL, & Hoehn-Saric R (2012). Functional MRI of the amygdala and bed nucleus of the stria terminalis during prolonged stress in generalized anxiety disorder. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 46(8):1045-52.
  Segal, SK, Stark, SM, Kattan, D, Stark, CEL, & Yassa, MA (2012). Norepinephrine-mediated emotional arousal facilitates subsequent pattern separation. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 97(4): 465-469.
  Bakker, A, Krauss, G, Albert, MA, Speck, CL, Jones, LR, Stark, CEL, Yassa, MA, Bassett, SS, Shelton, AL, & Gallagher, M (2012). Levetiracetam treatment attenuates excess hippocampal activity with cognitive benefit in patients with amnestic mild cognitive impairment. Neuron, 74(3): 476-474. PMCID: PMC3351697.
  Hargraeves EL, Mattfeld AM, Stark CEL, & Suzuki WA (2012). Conserved fMRI and LFP signals during new associative learning in the human and macaque monkey medial temporal lobe. Neuron, 74(4): 743-752.
  Mattfeld AM, Gluck MA & Stark CEL (2011). Functional specialization within the striatum along both the dorsal/ventral and anterior/posterior axes during associative learning via reward and punishment. Learning and Memory, 18:703-711. PMCID: PMC3207255.
  Yassa MA & Stark CEL (2011) Pattern separation in the hippocampus. Trends in Neuroscience
  Yassa MA, Mattfeld, AT, Stark SM, & Stark CEL (2011) Age-related memory deficits linked to circuit-specific disruptions in the hippocampus. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 108(21), 8873-8878.
  Lacy JW, Yassa MA, Stark SM, & Stark CEL (2011) Distinct pattern separation related transfer functions in human CA1 and CA3/DG revealed using high-resolution fMRI and mnemonic similarity. Learning and Memory, 18: 15-18
  Stark CEL, Okado Y, & Loftus, EF (2010) Imaging the reconstruction of true and false memories using sensory reactivation and the misinformation paradigm. Learning and Memory, 17: 485-488.
  Mattfeld AM & Stark CEL (2010) Striatal and medial temporal lobe functional interactions during visuomotor associative learning. Cerebral Cortex, E-pub ahead of print, Aug 5, 2010. doi.10.1093/cercor/bbq144.
  Yassa MA, Muftuler LT, & Stark CEL (2010) Ultrahigh-resolution microstructural diffusion tensor imaging (msDTI) elucidates perforant path degradation in aged humans in vivo. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences U S A, 107(28), 12687-12691.
  Stark SM, Yassa MA, & Stark CEL (2010) Individual differences in spatial pattern separation performance associated with healthy aging in humans. Learning and Memory, 17(6), 284-288.
  Yassa MA, Wu J, Stark SM, Albert MS, Gallagher M, & Stark CEL (2010) Pattern separation deficits associated with increased hippocampal CA3 and dentate gyrus activity in nondemented older adults. Hippocampus, E-pub ahead of print: 2010 DOI 10.1002/hipo.20808.
  Yassa MA, Stark SM, Bakker A, Albert MS, Gallagher M, & Stark CEL (2010) High-resolution functional MRI of hippocampal CA3 and dentate gyrus in patients with amnestic mild cognitive impairment. NeuroImage, 51(3), 1242-1252.
  Gallagher M, Bakker A, Yassa MA, & Stark CEL (2010) Bridging neurocognitive aging and disease modification: targeting functional mechanisms of impairment. Current Alzheimer’s Research, 7(3), 1567-2050.
Graduate Programs Neurobiology and Behavior

Research Center Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory (CNLM)
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