Former postdoctoral fellow, now Asst. Professor at St. Louis University
Brenda’s research currently focuses on the role of prefrontal, medial temporal, and parietal regions in the encoding and retrieval of declarative memories. She is interested in exploring the distinct functions of these regions, and the interactions between these regions, in memory processes. She uses behavioral and fMRI research techniques to study these questions both in healthy volunteers and in patients with memory impairments resulting from brain injuries or illness.
B.A. Kirchhoff and R.L. Buckner. Functional-Anatomic Correlates of Individual Differences in Memory. Neuron 51, 263–274, 2006. [pdf file]
Kirchhoff, B.A., Schapiro, M.L., Buckner, R.L. (Submitted). Orthographic distinctiveness and semantic elaboration provide separate contributions to verbal memory.
Gold, B.T., Balota, D.A., Kirchhoff, B.A., Buckner, R.L. (2005). Common and dissociable activation patterns associated with controlled semantic and phonological processing: Evidence from fMRI adaptation. Cerebral Cortex.
Atri, A., Sherman, S., Norman, K.A., Kirchhoff, B.A., Nicolas, M.M., Greicius, M.D., Cramer, S.C., Breiter, H.C., Hasselmo, M.E., Sern, C.E. (2004). Blockade of central cholinergic receptors impairs new learning and increases proactive interference in a word paired-associate memory task. Behavioral Neuroscience, 118(1):223-236.
Stern C.E., Sherman, S.J., Kirchhoff, B.A., Hasselmo, M.E. (2001). Medial temporal and prefronal contributions to working memory tasks with novel and familiar stimuli. Hippocampus, 11:337-346.
Kirchhoff, B.A., Wagner, A.D., Maril, A., Stern, C.E. (2000). Prefrontal-temporal circuitry for episodic encoding and subsequent memory. The Journal of Neuroscience, 20(16):6173-6180.