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Jesse Rissman, Ph.D.

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6639 Franz Hall
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Los Angeles, CA 90095

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Department / Division Affiliations
Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, Cognitive Psychology
Member, Brain Research Institute

Research Interest:

Functional neuroimaging studies of human memory and cognitive control

Dr. Jesse Rissmanís research explores the interplay of attention and memory, using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to characterize the neural circuits that support these fundamental cognitive processes. Projects in his laboratory seek to elucidate how moment-to-moment changes in a personís behavioral goals can serve to sculpt neural activity within sensory cortices and the medial temporal lobe memory system, exerting a profound influence over what information gets encoded into, maintained in, or retrieved from memory. His work also examines how the act of bringing past experiences back to mind, via the neural reactivation of specific event details, can facilitate the generation of memory-based predictions that guide future behavior. Rather than simply using fMRI as tool to isolate the functional contributions of individual brain regions, his research employs innovative analytical tools to characterize the dynamic interactions between brain regions, as well as to decode the informational content of distributed brain activity patterns.


Jesse Rissman joined the UCLA faculty in 2011 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology, with a secondary appointment in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences. He earned his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley and subsequently completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University.


Kuhl Brice A, Rissman Jesse, Wagner Anthony D Multi-voxel patterns of visual category representation during episodic encoding are predictive of subsequent memory. Neuropsychologia. 2012; 50(4): 458-69.
Rissman Jesse, Wagner Anthony D Distributed Representations in Memory: Insights from Functional Brain Imaging. Annual review of psychology. 2012; 108(14): .
Kuhl Brice A, Rissman Jesse, Chun Marvin M, Wagner Anthony D Fidelity of neural reactivation reveals competition between memories. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 2011; 108(14): 5903-8.
Rissman Jesse, Greely Henry T, Wagner Anthony D Detecting individual memories through the neural decoding of memory states and past experience. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 2010; 107(21): 9849-54.
Carr Valerie A, Rissman Jesse, Wagner Anthony D Imaging the human medial temporal lobe with high-resolution fMRI. Neuron. 2010; 65(3): 298-308.
Rissman Jesse, Gazzaley Adam, D'Esposito Mark The effect of non-visual working memory load on top-down modulation of visual processing. Neuropsychologia. 2009; 47(7): 1637-46.
Rissman Jesse, Gazzaley Adam, D'Esposito Mark Dynamic adjustments in prefrontal, hippocampal, and inferior temporal interactions with increasing visual working memory load. Cerebral cortex (New York, N.Y. : 1991). 2008; 18(7): 1618-29.
Gazzaley Adam, Rissman Jesse, Cooney Jeffrey, Rutman Aaron, Seibert Tyler, Clapp Wesley, D'Esposito Mark Functional interactions between prefrontal and visual association cortex contribute to top-down modulation of visual processing. Cerebral cortex (New York, N.Y. : 1991). 2007; 17 Suppl 1(7): i125-35.
Fiebach Christian J, Rissman Jesse, D'Esposito Mark Modulation of inferotemporal cortex activation during verbal working memory maintenance. Neuron. 2006; 51(2): 251-61.
Gazzaley Adam, Cooney Jeffrey W, Rissman Jesse, D'Esposito Mark Top-down suppression deficit underlies working memory impairment in normal aging. Nature neuroscience. 2005; 8(10): 1298-300.
Blumstein Sheila E, Myers Emily B, Rissman Jesse The perception of voice onset time: an fMRI investigation of phonetic category structure. Journal of cognitive neuroscience. 2005; 17(9): 1353-66.
Ranganath Charan, Heller Aaron, Cohen Michael X, Brozinsky Craig J, Rissman Jesse Functional connectivity with the hippocampus during successful memory formation. Hippocampus. 2005; 15(8): 997-1005.
Misiurski Cara, Blumstein Sheila E, Rissman Jesse, Berman Daniel The role of lexical competition and acoustic-phonetic structure in lexical processing: evidence from normal subjects and aphasic patients. Brain and language. 2005; 93(1): 64-78.
Gazzaley Adam, Rissman Jesse, D'Esposito Mark Functional connectivity during working memory maintenance. Cognitive, affective & behavioral neuroscience. 2004; 4(4): 580-99.
Rissman Jesse, Gazzaley Adam, D'Esposito Mark Measuring functional connectivity during distinct stages of a cognitive task. NeuroImage. 2004; 23(2): 752-63.
Rissman Jesse, Eliassen James C, Blumstein Sheila E An event-related FMRI investigation of implicit semantic priming. Journal of cognitive neuroscience. 2003; 15(8): 1160-75.