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My name is Christopher Madan and I am currently a postdoctoral research fellow with Dr. Elizabeth Kensinger at Boston College. If you want to email me, I can be contacted at: christopher.madan@bc.edu.

I study adaptive memory: how biologically relevant information — such as those evoke emotion, reward, or motor processing — influences our ability to form memories of the past and make decisions in the future. I ask these questions using a combination of cognitive psychology, computational modeling, and neuroimaging approaches. Click here to read more about my research interests.

I received my PhD in Psychology from the University of Alberta. At the University of Alberta, I was supervised by Dr. Marcia Spetch (Psychology). I also work extensively with Dr. Jeremy Caplan (Psychology & Neuroscience) and Dr. Esther Fujiwara (Psychiatry & Neuroscience), Dr. Anthony Singhal (Psychology & Neuroscience), Dr. Tobias Sommer (University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Systems Neuroscience) and Dr. Nikolai Malykhin (Psychiatry, Neuroscience, & Biomedical Engineering).

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Most Recent Publications

Madan, C. R., Spetch, M. L., & Ludvig, E. A. (in press). Rapid makes risky: Time pressure increases risk seeking in decisions from experience. Journal of Cognitive Psychology. doi:10.1080/20445911.2015.1055274


Nankoo, J.-F., Madan, C. R, Wylie, D. R. & Spetch, M. L. (2015). Re-evaluating birds' ability to detect Glass patterns. Animal Cognition, 18, 945-952. doi:10.1007/s10071-015-0865-1


Madan, C. R., & Singhal, A. (2015). No sex differences in the TAMI. Cognitive Processing, 16, 203-209. doi:10.1007/s10339-014-0644-y


Ludvig, E. A.*, Madan, C. R.*, & Spetch, M. L. (2015). Priming memories of past wins induces risk seeking. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 144, 24-29. doi:10.1037/xge0000046


Nankoo, J.-F.*, Madan, C. R.*, Spetch, M. L., & Wylie, D. R. (2015). Temporal summation of global form signals in dynamic Glass patterns. Vision Research, 107, 30-35. doi:10.1016/j.visres.2014.10.033


Caplan, J. B., Madan, C. R., & Bedwell, D. J. (2015). Item properties may influence item-item associations in serial recall. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 22, 483-491. doi:10.3758/s13423-014-0701-7


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I was recently interviewed by the Alberta Gambling Research Institute for their Summer 2014 newsletter, "The Influence of Reward Value on Memory and Decision-Making: Interview with Dr. Christopher Madan."

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An Introduction to MATLAB for Behavioral Researchers

MATLAB is a powerful data analysis program, but many behavioral science researchers find it too daunting to learn and use. An Introduction to MATLAB for Behavioral Researchers is an easy-to-understand, hands-on guide for behavioral researchers who have no prior programming experience. Written in a conversational and non-intimidating style, the author walks students--step by step--through analyzing real experimental data. Topics covered include the basics of programming, the implementation of simple behavioral analyses, and how to make publication-ready figures. More advanced topics such as pseudo-randomization of trial sequences to meet specified criteria and working with psycholinguistic data are also covered. Interesting behavioral science examples and datasets from published studies, such as visualizing fixation patterns in eye-tracking studies and animal search behavior in two-dimensional space, help develop an intuition for data analysis, which is essential and can only be developed when working with real research problems and real data.

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