Karin Schon, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor  Karin_headshot_web.jpg

Phone: 617-414-2327
Email: kschon@bu.edu
Brain Plasticity and Neuroimaging Laboratory
Office: Spivack Center, X-141

Dr. Schon received her doctorate from the Department of Psychology at Boston University in 2005. Her dissertation focused on functional neuroimaging studies of working memory and long-term memory formation under the mentorship of Prof. Chantal Stern. She then continued her work with Prof. Stern as a Postdoc. In 2010 she received a Pathway to Independence Career Development Award from the National Institute on Aging to investigate the effects or cardio-respiratory fitness and exercise on the function and structure of the medial temporal lobe memory system.

Dr. Schon’s research interests are centered on brain plasticity, cognition and aging in humans. Currently, her research focuses on the role of aerobic exercise and cardio-respiratory fitness as a modulator of cognitive function and brain integrity across the lifespan. She uses functional and structural MRI, behavioral and exercise physiology methods, and biomarker assays.

Click here to read a BU Today feature about Dr. Schon’s former undergraduate research assistant’s work on cardio-respiratory fitness and memory.

Recent publications

Whiteman AS, Young DE, He X, Chen TC, Wagenaar RC, Stern CE, Schon K (2014). Interaction between serum BDNF and aerobic fitness predicts recognition memory in healthy young adults. Behav. Brain Res. 259:302-12. doi: 10.1016/j.bbr.2013.11.023. Epub 2013 Nov 21.

Ross RS, Lopresti ML, Schon K, Stern CE. (2013). Role of the hippocampus and orbitofrontal cortex during the disambiguation of social cues in working memory. Cogn Affect Behav Neurosci. 2013 May 3.

Newmark RE, Schon K, Ross RS, Young M, Stern CE (2013). Disambiguation during working memory: A high-resolution fMRI study of the human medial temporal lobe. Hippocampus. doi: 10.1002/hipo.22106.

Schon K, Ross RS, Hasselmo ME, Stern CE (2013). Complementary Roles of medial temporal lobes and dorsolateral prefrontal cortex for working memory for novel and familiar trial-unique visual stimuli: an fMRI study. European Journal of Neuroscience. 37(4):668-78. doi: 10.1111/ejn.12062. Epub 2012 Nov 21.

Schon K, Quiroz YT, Hasselmo ME, Stern CE (2009). Greater working memory load results in greater medial temporal activity at retrieval. Cerebral Cortex 19(11):2561-2571. Epub 2009 Feb 18. PMCID: 2758675

LoPresti ML, Schon K, Tricarico MD, Swisher JD, Celone KA, Stern CE (2008). Working memory for social cues recruits orbitofrontal cortex and amygdala: a functional magnetic resonance imaging study of delayed matching to sample for emotional expressions. The Journal of Neuroscience 28(14):3718-28. PMCID: 2748754