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Joseph MannsAssociate Professor


Dr. Manns received his B.A. from Santa Clara University and completed his Ph.D. at the University of California, San Diego in 2002. He did a postdoctoral fellowship at Boston University from 2002 to 2007. Dr. Manns joined the Department of Psychology in the Fall of 2007.


Research Interests

Neuroscience and psychology of memory.

Research Areas

Our research connects neuroscience with psychology to ask how the brain enables acquisition of memories in both humans and rats. One goal of the laboratory is to answer fundamental questions regarding the hippocampal memory system. Another goal is to ask how the amygdala prioritizes hippocampus-dependent memory processes. Finding basic mechanisms for enhancing memory will be a window into the biological machinery that supports our everyday memories and will point to therapeutic treatments for diseases and disorders that impair memory.


  • PSYC 322/NBB 370: Neural Basis of Learning and Memory
  • PSYC 353/NBB 302: Behavioral Neuroscience
  • PSYC 522: Psychobiology of Learning and Memory