Matthew Grilli

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Assistant Professor, Clinical
Director, Human Memory Lab


Research Interests: 
  • Understanding how memory influences sense of self and wellbeing
  • Researching how the relation of memory and self is affected by changes to the brain
  • Developing more effective strategies for improving memory and cognition in older adults and individuals with acquired brain injury

My research interests are broadly focused on understanding the reciprocal relations of self and memory. How does the self influence learning and memory retrieval? How does memory contribute to one's sense of self? Uncovering the ways in which the self and memory interact may advance understanding of identity, elucidate the conditions and experiences that modify the self, and inspire clinical interventions that improve quality of life and wellbeing for people who have neurological or mental health conditions.

Ongoing projects are investigating how to improve memory through self-referential encoding strategies in individuals with traumatic brain injury and other neuropsychological conditions.

My current research also is investigating how individuals with amnesia (a profound learning and memory impairment) construct a sense of self and experience a sense of continuity in life.

Selected Publications: 


Grilli, M.D., & Verfaellie, M. (in press). Supporting the self-concept with memory: insight from amnesia. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience.

Grilli, M.D., & Verfaellie, M. (2014). Personal semantic memory: insights from neuropsychological research on amnesia. Neuropsychologia, 61, 56-64.

Grilli, M.D., & Glisky, E.L. (2013). Imagining a better memory: self-imagination in memory-impaired patients. Clinical Psychological Science, 1(1), 93-99.

Grilli, M.D., & McFarland, C.P. (2011). Imagine that: self-imagining enhances prospective memory in memory-impaired individuals with neurological damage. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 21(6), 847-859.

Grilli, M.D., & Glisky, E.L. (2010). Self-Imagination enhances recognition memory in memory-impaired individuals with neurological damage. Neuropsychology, 24 (6), 698 -710.


Courses Taught: 

504A: Human Brain and Behavior Relationships
694D: Clinical Neuropsychology Practicum