Margaret Keane, Ph.D.

Professor, Psychology Department


Department of Psychology
Wellesley College
106 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02481-8203
Phone: 781-283-3545
Office: Science Center 484A

I received my Ph.D. in cognitive neuroscience from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and joined the faculty of the Psychology Department at Wellesley College in 1995. I am currently Professor of Psychology at Wellesley, and Associate Director of the Memory Disorders Research Center (MDRC) at the Boston University School of Medicine and the Boston V.A. Medical Center. The aim of my research program is to understand the functional and neural basis of distinct forms of human memory.  These questions are addressed by examining patterns of spared and impaired memory function in individuals with brain damage due to disease, stroke, or head trauma (in studies conducted at the MDRC), and by examining the effects of experimental manipulations on memory performance in healthy research participants (in studies conducted at Wellesley College). I am particularly interested in memory processes that operate outside of conscious awareness, and that may be fully functional despite an absence of conscious memory for recent events and experiences. Current studies also explore interactions between episodic and semantic memory, the role of memory in envisioning the future, and the relationship between long-term memory and working memory.  My course offerings include Memory (PSYC 215), Cognition (PSYC 217), Neuropsychology (PSYC 319), and Research Methods in Cognitive Psychology (PSYC 314R). These courses form part of the curriculum in three different departments/programs: Psychology, Neuroscience, and Cognitive and Linguistic Sciences.

Recent publications:

Keane, M.M. and Verfaellie, M. (2010). Amnesia. In I. Weiner & E. Craighead (Eds.), Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology, Vol. 4, New York: John Wiley and Sons.

Keane, M.M., Martin, E., and Verfaellie, M. (2009). Performance benefits and costs in forced choice perceptual identification in amnesia: Effects of prior exposure and word frequency. Memory and Cognition, 37, 655-666.

Greenberg, D.L., Keane, M.M., Ryan, L., and Verfaellie, M. (2009). Impaired Category Fluency in Medial Temporal Lobe Amnesia: The Role of Episodic Memory. Journal of Neuroscience, 29, 10900 – 10908.