Adaptive memory lab - Members


Catarina Ferreira - POSTDOCTORAL Fellow


I am a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow interested in long-term memory retrieval, concretely in understanding how memories are retrieved, and why some memory representations become increasingly stronger while others fade out. On my postdoctoral grant, I aim to investigate how actively retrieving a representation (through testing, for instance) changes it, and what neural mechanisms modulate these changes and potentiate long-term retention. I am using a range of behavioural and neuroimaging techniques (such as fMRI) in order to investigate these issues.



Ferreira, C.S., Charest, I., & Wimber, M. (2019). Retrieval aids the creation of a generalised memory trace and strengthens episode-unique information. Neuroimage. 201:115996

Ferreira, C.S., Maraver, M.J., Hanslmayr, S., & Bajo, M.T. (2019). Theta oscillations show impaired interference detection in older adults during selective memory retrieval. Scientific Reports, 9:9977.

Guo, Y.; Schmitz, T., Mur, M., Ferreira, C.S., & Anderson, M.C. (2018). A supramodal role of the basal ganglia in memory and motor inhibition: Meta-analytic evidence. Neuropsychologia, 108, 117-134.

Schmitz, T., Correia, M., Ferreira, C.S., Prescot, A., & Anderson, M.C. (2017). Hippocampal GABA enables inhibitory control over unwanted thought. Nature Communications, 8:1311, 1-12.

Antony, J.W., Ferreira, C.S., Norman, K.A., & Wimber, M. (2017). Retrieval as a fast route to memory consolidation, TICS, 21, 573-576.

Marful, A., Gómez-Amado, J.C., Ferreira, C.S., & Bajo, M.T. (2015). Face naming and retrieval inhibition in the old and very old age. Experimental Aging Research, 41,  39-56.

Ferreira, C.S., Marful, A., Staudigl, T., Bajo, M.T., & Hanslmayr, S. (2014). Medial prefrontal theta oscillations track the time course of interference during selective memory retrieval. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience26, 777–791.

Ferreira, C.S., Marful, A., & Bajo, M.T. (2014). Interference resolution in face perception and name retrieval. Acta Psychologica153, 120-128.



a.c.sanchesferreira [at]

twitter: @catisf


Marije ter wal - Post Doctoral researcher


I am interested in how cells and neural circuits work together to code, transform and transfer information. My methods of choice are intracranial EEG recordings, which give us an unique insight into the human brain, combined with computational modelling.  I currently study the temporal structure of hippocampal activity during encoding of new memories and during later reinstatement. I hold bachelor's degrees in Biology and Physics from the University of Utrecht and a master's degree in Biophysics from the Radboud University. I did my PhD research on dynamic communication between neural circuits under supervision of Prof. dr. Paul Tiesinga at the Donders Institute.     


KEY Publications

Roberts, M. J., Lowet, E., Brunet, N. M., Ter Wal, M., Tiesinga, P., Fries, P., & DeWeerd, P. (2013). Robust gamma coherence between macaque V1 and V2 by dynamic frequency matching. Neuron, 78(3), 523–536.

ter Wal, M., & Tiesinga, P. (2013). Hippocampal Oscillations (PING, ING, sparse) - Encyclopedia of Computational Neuroscience (pp. 1–14).

ter Wal, M., & Tiesinga, P. H. (2017). Phase difference between model cortical areas determines level of information transfer. Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience, 11.

ter Wal, M., Cardellicchio, P., LoRusso, G., Pelliccia, V., Avanzini, P., Orban, G.A., Tiesinga, P.H.E. (under review). Characterization of network structure in stereoEEG data using consensus-based partial coherence.





m.j.terwal [at]


Casper Kerrén  - PhD student

areas of interest

Memories. They define me. Not too stable in all circumstances. Sometimes they change, it seems; do I then also change? I remember several past episodes of my life. Or do I. How real are they? If my brain is adaptively constructed (which it should be), maybe my less important memories will fade, and when activated, fail me. Who knows? Anyways. I find myself with several questions about my own memory. My memories. That is why I want to understand. How do I understand something like this? Well, good question. In the field in which I have chosen to spend my time in, we use several different electrophysiological and imaging methods, multivariate pattern techniques, along with some form of intelligence. I am no reductionist; I think the brain works on several different levels. Maybe not equally important. So far, my method of use has been EEG, and my question has been whether there is an optimal time point for retrieving memories. I started in March 2017. I am from Sweden.


Key Publications

Michelmann, S., Treder, M.S., Griffiths, B.J., Kerrén, C., Roux, F., Wimber, M., Rollings, D., Sawlani, V., Chelvarajah, R., Gollwitzer, S., Kreiselmeyer, G., Hamer, H., Bowman, H., Staresina, B., Hanslmayr, S. (2018) Data-driven re-referencing of intracranial EEG based on independent component analysis (ICA). J Neurosci Meth. accepted.

Linde-Domingo, J., Treder, M., Kerren, C., & Wimber, M. (preprint 2018). Evidence for a reversal of the neural information flow between object perception and object reconstruction from memory. bioRxiv, 300913. Under review.

Kerren, C., Linde-Domingo, J., Hanslmayr, S., & Wimber, M. An optimal oscillatory phase for pattern reactivation during memory retrieval. Current Biology. (accepted).



Kerren, C., Linde-Domingo, J., Hanslmayr, Simon. & Wimber, M. (2018). An optimal oscillatory phase for pattern reactivation during memory retrieval. Poster at Learning and Memory 2018, Huntington Beach, USA.

Kerren, C., Linde-Domingo, J., Hanslmayr, Simon. & Wimber, M. (2017). Reactivation of memory patterns in the human EEG rhythmically fluctuates in the theta range. Poster at International Conference for Cognitive Neuroscience (ICON), Amsterdam, The Netherlands.



c.kerren [at]


Julia Lifanov - PhD student

areas of interest

During my studies in the field of psychology and cognitive neuroscience in Maastricht (the Netherlands), I developed my strong interest in the plastic and continuously learning brain. My Master’s project kept me busy with understanding how the brain encodes temporal, spatial and contextual information and integrates it into a single memory. Now, I see the next challenge in discovering what happens during the retrieval process of memories and how information is reconstructed once it has been learned. The methods of interest for my projects are combined EEG-fMRI techniques. Next to my passion for neuronal processes during learning and retrieving information, I appreciate to dive deeper into the technical challenges of combined imaging studies and analytical methods such as multivariate analyses.

“Learning is experience. Everything else is just information.” (Einstein)


conference contributions

Lifanov, J., Griffiths, B., Linde-Domingo, J., Sanches Ferreira, C., Wilson, M., Mayhew, S. & Wimber, M. (2018). Reconstructing the spatio-temporal components of episodic memories in the human brain. Poster at Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience (SfN). San Diego, USA.

van de Ven, V., Lifanov, J., Iosif, O., Kochs, S., Smulders, F., de Weerd, P. (2017). Associate Memory of Elapsed Time: Behavior, Brain Oscillations and Hippocampal Activity. Poster at Timing Research Forum, Strasbourg, France.


JXL1118 [at]

Christopher Postzich - Phd Student

areas of interest


CXP912 [at]


Adaptive memory lab alumni