Matthew Grilli

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Associate Professor, Clinical
Director, Human Memory Lab


(520) 621-5705
Psychology 217E (office) / Psychology 242, 232, & 240 (labs)
Research Interests: 
  • Understanding how the brain stores and retrieves memories of everyday life
  • Uncovering how memory is used to support everyday functioning
  • Developing more effective strategies for improving memory and cognition in older adults and individuals with acquired brain injury

My research interests are broadly focused on understanding how and why we store and retrieve memories. The clinical and cognitive neuroscience research conducted in my laboratory combines neuropsychological, cognitive, social psychological, and neuroimaging approaches. An emphasis of my current research is autobiographical memory, which refers to memories of personal experiences. Ongoing projects are investigating how autobiographical memory is affected in several populations, including older adults at risk for Alzheimer’s disease and individuals with acquired brain injury. We also are interested in understanding how changes to autobiographical memory impact other aspects of cognition, and we seek to develop new interventions to improve autobiographical memory and everyday functioning.

Selected Publications: 


Grilli, M.D., & Verfaellie, M. (in press). Supporting the self-concept with memory: insight from amnesia. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience.

Grilli, M.D., & Verfaellie, M. (2014). Personal semantic memory: insights from neuropsychological research on amnesia. Neuropsychologia, 61, 56-64.

Grilli, M.D., & Glisky, E.L. (2013). Imagining a better memory: self-imagination in memory-impaired patients. Clinical Psychological Science, 1(1), 93-99.

Grilli, M.D., & McFarland, C.P. (2011). Imagine that: self-imagining enhances prospective memory in memory-impaired individuals with neurological damage. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 21(6), 847-859.

Grilli, M.D., & Glisky, E.L. (2010). Self-Imagination enhances recognition memory in memory-impaired individuals with neurological damage. Neuropsychology, 24 (6), 698 -710.


Courses Taught: 

504A: Human Brain and Behavior Relationships
694D: Clinical Neuropsychology Practicum

Research Program: