Rachel Diana

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Faculty, Department of Psychology
Area Director, Biological Psychology
Director, Measurement of Episodic Memory Lab
Affiliate Faculty, School of Neuroscience
Office Hours
Spring 2022:
Office Hours
Mondays 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Wednesdays 11:30am to 1:30pm

Office Address
335 Williams Hall
Office Phone
Curriculum Vitae
Short Bio
PhD Carnegie Mellon University 2006
MS Carnegie Mellon University 2003
BS Presbyterian College 2001

My area of specialization is the psychology and cognitive neuroscience of human memory. I have conducted research into the retrieval processes operating in recognition memory using behavioral techniques, event-related potentials, and computational modeling to assess the predictions of single and dual-process models of recognition. I have extended this research into the study of the brain by developing and testing a model of medial temporal lobe function in episodic memory processing using ERP, fMRI, and patient approaches.

Recent Courses Taught
  • PSYC 2064 Nervous Systems and Behavior
  • PSYC 4114 Cognitive Psychology
  • PSYC 5344 Cognitive Psychology (graduate level)
Select Publications
  • Tu, H.W. & Diana, R.A. (2021). The interaction of relational encoding and unitization: Effects on medial temporal lobe processing during retrieval. Behavioural Brain Research, 396, doi: 10.1016/j.bbr.2020.112878.
  • Hill, P.F., Yi, R., Spreng, R.N., & Diana, R.A. (2017). Neural congruence between intertemporal and interpersonal self-control: Evidence from delay and social discounting, NeuroImage, 162, 186-198.
  • Wang, F. & Diana, R.A. (2017). Temporal context in human fMRI. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences, 17, 57-64. doi: 10.1016/j.cobeha.2017.06.004
  • Tu, H-W., Alty, E.E., & Diana, R.A. (2017). Event-related Potentials during Encoding: Comparing Unitization to Relational Processing, Brain Research, 1667, 46-54. doi: 10.1016/j.brainres.2017.05.003.
  • O’Neill, M. & Diana, R.A. (2017). The neurocognitive basis of borrowed context information. Cortex.doi: 10.1016/j.cortex.2017.01.014.
  • Wang, F. & Diana, R.A. (2017). Neural correlates of temporal context retrieval for abstract scrambled phrases: Reducing narrative and familiarity-based strategies. Brain Research, 1655, 128-137. doi: 10.1016/j.brainres.2016.11.017. PubMed PMID: 27867032; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5221767.
  • Diana, R.A. (2016). Parahippocampal cortex processes the nonspatial context of an event. Cerebral Cortex. doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhw014. PubMed PMID: 26874181.
  • Wang. F. & Diana, R.A. (2016). Temporal context processing within hippocampal subfields. NeuroImage 134, 261–269. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2016.03.048. PubMed PMID: 27039142; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4912848.
  • Diana, R.A., Yonelinas, A.P., Ranganath, C. (2013). Parahippocampal cortex activation during context reinstatement predicts item recollection. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 142, 1287-97. doi: 10.1037/a0034029. PubMed PMID: 23937182. PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3939693.
  • Diana, R.A., Yonelinas, A.P., & Ranganath, C. (2010). Medial temporal lobe activity during source retrieval reflects information type, not memory strength. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 22, 1808-18. doi: 10.1162/jocn.2009.21335. PubMed PMID: 19702458; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2862119.
  • Diana, R.A., Yonelinas, A.P., & Ranganath, C. (2008). The effects of unitization on familiarity-based source memory: Testing a behavioral prediction derived from neuroimaging data. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, & Cognition, 34, 730-740. doi: 10.1037/0278-7393.34.4.730. PubMed PMID: 18605864; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2605011.
  • Diana, R.A., Yonelinas, A.P., & Ranganath, C. (2008). High-resolution multi-voxel pattern analysis of category selectivity in the medial temporal lobes. Hippocampus, 18, 536-541. doi: 10.1002/hipo.20433. PubMed PMID: 18446830; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2398650.
  • Diana, R.A., Yonelinas, A.P., & Ranganath, C. (2007). Imaging recollection and familiarity in the medial temporal lobe: A three-component model. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 11, 379-386. doi: 10.1016/j.tics.2007.08.001. PubMed PMID: 17707683.
  • Diana, R.A., Reder, L.M., Arndt, J., & Park, H. (2006). Models of recognition: A review of arguments in favor of a dual-process account. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 13, 1-21. PubMed PMID: 16724763; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2387212.