Carr, Valerie

Assistant Professor, Psychology

Faculty advisor to Psi Chi



(408) 924-5630

Office hours

Dudley Moorhead Hall (DMH) 318

Spring 2017: Tues/Thurs 4:30-5:30pm


Spring 2017:

PSYC 155 (Human Learning)

PSYC 230 (Seminar in Physiological Psychology)


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Neuroscience, UCLA, 2008
  • Bachelor of Science, Biological Psychology, The College of William & Mary, 2001


Dr Valerie Carr earned her PhD in Neuroscience from UCLA in 2008 where she examined strategic factors influencing memory in both younger and older adults. Afterwards she pursued an NIH postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University where she investigated neural mechanisms of memory and how these mechanisms change with age. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Psychology department where an overarching goal of her research is to understand the factors that influence the content, quality, and durability of memories across the lifespan. She aims to leverage her knowledge of cognitive neuroscience to develop strategies for improving memory, with an emphasis on developing exercise interventions that improve memory performance and brain health in populations such as older adults and individuals with anxiety and depression.

Recent Publications

Wisse, L. E. M., Daugherty, A. M., Olsen, R. K., Berron, D., Carr, V. A., … la Joie, R., for the Hippocampal Subfields Group (2017). A harmonized segmentation protocol for hippocampal and parahippocampal subregions: Why do we need one and what are the key goals? Hippocampus, 27, 3-11.

Brown, T. I., Carr, V. A., LaRocque, K. F., Favila, S. E., Gordon, A. M., Bowles, B., Wagner, A. D. (2016). Prospective representation of navigational goals in the human hippocampus. Science, 352, 1323-1326.

Yushkevich, P. A., Amaral, R. S. C., Augustinack, J. C., Bender, A. R., Bernstein, J. D., Boccardi, M., Bocchetta, M., Burggren, A. C., Carr, V. A., ... Zeineh, M. M. (2015). Quantitative comparison of 21 protocols for labeling hippocampal subfields and parahippocampal cortical subregions in in vivo MRI: Initial steps towards a harmonized segmentation protocol. Neuroimage, 11, 526-541.

Carr, V. A., Castel, A.D., and Knowlton, B. J. (2015). Age-related differences in subsequent memory performance after attending to distinctiveness or similarity during learning. Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition, 22, 155-169.

Carr, V. A., Engel, S. A., and Knowlton, B. J. (2013). Top-down modulation of hippocampal encoding activity as measured by high-resolution functional MRI. Neuropsychologia, 51, 1829-1837.

LaRocque, K. F., Smith, M. E., Carr, V. A., Witthoft, N., Grill-Spector, K. and Wagner. A. D. (2013). Global similarity and pattern separation in the human medial temporal lobe predict subsequent memory. The Journal of Neuroscience, 33, 5466-5474.

Carr, V. A., Viskontas, I. V., Engel, S. A., and Knowlton, B. J. (2010). Neural activity in the hippocampus and perirhinal cortex during encoding is associated with the durability of episodic memory. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 22, 2652-2662.

Carr, V. A., Rissman, J., and Wagner, A.D. (2010). Imaging the human medial temporal lobe with high-resolution fMRI. Neuron, 65, 298-308.

Viskontas, I. V., Carr, V. A., Engel, S. A., and Knowlton, B. J. (2009). The neural correlates of recollection: Hippocampal activation declines as episodic memory fades. Hippocampus, 19, 265-272.




Carr Lab Investigating Memory and the Brain (CLIMB)

NEW! Minor in applied computing for behavioral and social sciences (ACBSS)

Psi Chi

Cognitive Neuroscience Society

Society for Neuroscience