Arthur Shimamura


Art’s primary research interests concerned how the brain learns and remembers. He began his career studying patients with memory disorders. Later with advances in functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) he studied the brain’s activity as one tries to learn new material and retrieve them from memory. Other fun research projects included visual illusions (The Mystery Spot), a psychological analysis of aging in UC Berkeley Professors, and a study of brain activity while watching movies.

A full listing of Art’s publications can be found here.

Sample of Art’s Research Articles and Chapters

Shimamura, A. P. (2014). Remembering the past: Neural substrates underlying episodic encoding and retrieval. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 23, 257-263.

Marian, D. E., & Shimamura, A. P. (2012). Emotions in context: pictorial influences on affective attributions, Emotion, 12, 371-375.

Shimamura, A. P. (2010). Bridging psychological and biological science: The good, bad, and ugly. Perspectives in Psychology, 5, 772-775.

Shimamura, A. P. (2010). Hierarchical relational binding in the medial temporal lobe: The strong get stronger. Hippocampus, 20, 1206-1216.

Shimamura, A. P., Ross, J., & Bennett, H. (2006). Memory for facial expressions: The power of a smile, Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 13, 217-222.

Shimamura, A. P. (2003). Neural basis of memory: systems level. In L. Nadel (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Cognitive Science, Macmillan: London.

Rule, R. R., Shimamura, A. P., & Knight, R. T. (2002). Orbitofrontal cortex and dynamic filtering of emotional stimuli. Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience, 2, 264-270.

Shimamura, A. P.(2000). The role of the prefrontal cortex in dynamic filtering. Psychobiology, 28, 207-218.