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Ken A. Paller

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

Professor of Psychology
James Padilla Chair in Arts & Sciences
Director, Cognitive Neuroscience Program
Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences
Fellow, Mesulam Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer's Disease Center
Feinberg School of Medicine
Director, Training Program in the Neuroscience of Human Cognition


Areas of Focus

  • Human memory
  • Neural substrates of conscious experience
  • Neurocognitive processing during sleep
  • Memory disorders


  • Investigates human memory functions and their implementation in the brain
  • Studies sleep’s role in memory consolidation, including influential studies using sounds to strengthen memories during sleep
  • Examines how conscious memory experiences are contrasted with ways in which we are unknowingly influenced by implicit memory, as in intuition and implicit social bias
  • Explores multiple techniques for measuring brain activity, using a cognitive neuroscience approach that respects the complexity of cognition as well as the detailed organization of the brain 
  • Studies linking memory deficits in older individuals with poor sleep