The University of Texas at Dallas School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Michael D. Rugg

Director, Center for Vital Longevity
Distinguished Chair in Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Research Interests

Cognitive neuroscience of human memory; effects of age and neuropathology on episodic memory

Curriculum Vitae


Email: [email protected]
Phone: 972-883-3725
Office: VP_8.17
Campus Mail Code: VP10
Website: fNIM Laboratory


Dr. Michael Rugg has employed non-invasive methods (EEG, PET, fMRI) to identify the neural correlates of cognitive processes, especially those involved in different kinds of memory, for more than 30 years. He has published more than 200 papers on the neural correlates of episodic memory encoding and retrieval, and how these correlates differ across the healthy adult lifespan. Dr. Rugg received the Henri Hecaen Award for contributions to neuropsychology and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science. He received his bachelor’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom.

Recent and Selected Representative Publications

Recent Articles in Peer-Refereed Journals

Horne, E.D., de Chastelaine, M., and Rugg M.D. Neural correlates of post-retrieval monitoring in older adults are preserved under divided attention, but are decoupled from memory performance. Neurobiology of Aging, 2021, 97, 106-119.

Hill, P.F., King, D.R., and Rugg, M.D. Age differences in retrieval-related reinstatement reflect age-related dedifferentiation at encoding. Cerebral Cortex, 2021, 31, 106-122.

Kota, S., Rugg, M.D., and Lega, B.C. Hippocampal theta oscillations support successful associative memory formation. Journal of Neuroscience, 2020, 40, 9507-9518.

Koen, J.D., Hauck, N., and Rugg, M.D. The relationship between age, neural differentiation, and memory performance. Journal of Neuroscience, 2019, 39, 149-162.

Renoult, L., Irish, M., Moscovitch, M., Rugg, M.D. From knowing to remembering: the semantic-episodic distinction. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 2019, 23, 983-1088.