Kelly Giovanello


Associate Professor
Department: Psychology
M: 341A Davie Hall, CB 3270, Chapel Hill NC 27599

Research Interests: My research combines behavioral, patient-based, and functional neuroimaging approaches to investigate the cognitive neuroscience of human learning and memory.

My primary research focus is in elucidating the cognitive processes and neural mechanisms mediating relational memory - the form of memory which represents relationships among items or informational elements. In everyday life, relational memory processes play a critical role in linking or binding together the various cognitive, affective, and contextual components of a learning event into an integrated memory trace. I am interested in exploring the cognitive and neural processes mediating relational memory in young adults and examining how these processes change with healthy aging and neurodegenerative disease (particularly Alzheimer’s disease).


Recent Publications:

1. Ford, J. H., Giovanello, K. S., Guskiewicz, K. M. (in press). Episodic memory in former professional football players with a history of concussion: An event-related functional neuroimaging study. Journal of Neurotrauma

2. De Brigard, F., Addis, D. R., Ford, J. H., Schacter, D. L., & Giovanello, K. S. (2013). Remembering what could have happened: Neural correlates of episodic counterfactual thinking. Neuropsychologia.

3. Giovanello, K.S., De Brigard, F., Ford, J.H., Kaufer, D., Browndyke, K., & Welsh-Bohmer, K. (2012). Functional-anatomic correlates of relational memory in healthy aging and MCI. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 18, 886-97.

4. Giovanello, K.S. & Schacter, D. L. (2012). Reduced specificity of hippocampal and posterior ventrolateral prefrontal activity during relational retrieval in normal aging. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 24, 159-170.

5. Gao, W., Gilmore, J.H., Giovanello, K.S., Smith, J.K., Shen, D., Zhu, H. & Lin, W. (2011). Temporal and spatial evolution of brain network topology during the first two years of life. PLoS One, 6(9): e25278.

6. Kim, S-Y. & Giovanello, K.S. (2011). The effects of attention on age-related memory deficits: fMRI evidence from a novel attentional manipulation. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 23, 3637-56.

7. Ford, J.H., Addis, D. R., & Giovanello, K.S. (2011). Differential neural activity during search of specific and general autobiographical memories elicited by musical cues. Neuropsychologia, 49, 2514-2526

8. Giovanello, K.S., Kensinger, E. A., Wong, A., & Schacter, D. L. (2010). Age-related neural changes during memory conjunction errors. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 22, 1348-1361.

9. Gao, W., Zhu, H., Giovanello, K.S., Smith, J. K., Shen, D., Gilmore, J., & Lin, W. (2009). Evidence of the emergence of the brain's default network from two-week-old to two-year-old healthy pediatric subjects. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 106, 6790-6795.

10. Giovanello, K.S., Schnyer, D. L., & Verfaellie, M. V. (2009). Distinct hippocampal regions make unique contributions to relational memory. Hippocampus, 19, 111-117.