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Stephan HamannProfessor


Dr. Hamann received his B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley in 1988 and completed his Ph.D. at the University of Toronto in 1993, joining the Emory faculty in 1996.


Research Interests

Research focuses on explicit and implicit memory in normal and neuropsychological populations (amnesiac patients and patients with Alzheimer’s disease) and the effect of emotion on memory.  Other interests include application of neuroimaging techniques (PET, fMRI) to memory research, and perception of emotion in facial expression.

Research Areas

Declarative and nondeclarative memory in humans; emotion and emotional memory; methodologies include cognitive tasks, neuroimaging, TMS, and study of neuropsychological patients.


  • PSYC 190: Images of Mind: Neuroimaging
  • PSYC 425 Brain Imaging
  • PSYC 302: Human Learning and Memory
  • PSYC 770: Memory, Emotion & Social Cognition, and Thinking


  • Dahlgren, K., Ferris, C., & Hamann, S. (2020). Neural correlates of successful emotional episodic encoding and retrieval: An SDM meta-analysis of neuroimaging studies. Neuropsychologia, 107495.
  • Inman, C. S., James, G. A., Vytal, K., & Hamann, S. (2018). Dynamic changes in large-scale functional network organization during autobiographical memory retrieval. Neuropsychologia, 110, 208-224.
  • Inman, C. S., Bijanki, K. R., Bass, D. I., Gross, R. E., Hamann, S., & Willie, J. T. (2018). Human amygdala stimulation effects on emotion physiology and emotional experience. Neuropsychologia.
  • Bush, K. A., Inman, C. S., Hamann, S., Kilts, C. D., & James, G. A. (2017). Distributed Neural Processing Predictors of Multi-dimensional Properties of Affect. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 11, 459.   
  • Bauer, P. J., Pathman, T., Inman, C., Campanella, C., & Hamann, S. (2016). Neural correlates of autobiographical memory retrieval in children and adults. Memory, 1–17.
  • Hamann, S. (2012). Mapping discrete and dimensional emotions onto the brain: controversies and consensus. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 16, 458-466.
  • Kim, S-H, & Hamann, S. (2007). Neural correlates of positive and negative emotion regulation. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. 19, 776-798.
  • Hamann, S., Herman, R.A., Nolan, C.L., & Wallen, K. (2004). A sex difference in amygdala response to visual sexual stimuli. Nature Neuroscience, 7, 411-416.
  • Hamann, S.B., Ely, T., Grafton, S., & Kilts, C. (1999). Amygdala activity related to enhanced memory for pleasant and aversive stimuli, Nature Neuroscience, 2, 289-293.