Marie St-Laurent

Marie St-Laurent

Research Focus

My work focuses on qualitative aspects of memory representation and their neural correlates. More specifically, I am interested in the impact of pathology, aging and individual differences on memory qualities, and on the neural signature of memory retrieval. I completed a PhD in psychology under Dr. Morris Moscovitch and Dr. Mary Pat McAndrews at the University of Toronto. I assessed how medial temporal lobe structures contribute to the retrieval of perceptually rich autobiographical and laboratory memory episodes. My work combined behavioural and neuroimaging studies, and was conducted in a population of patients suffering from medial temporal lobe epilepsy recruited through the Epilepsy Clinic of Toronto Western Hospital. In collaboration with Dr. Cheryl Grady at the Rotman Research Institute, I also conducted neuroimaging work assessing how aging affects the neural correlates of different types of declarative memory retrieval. I am currently working as a post-doctoral fellow with Dr. Bradley Buchsbaum at the Rotman Research Institute. I am using functional MRI and multivariate pattern classification to assess how healthy aging, and individual differences in young adults, determine the similarity between the neural correlates of memory and perception. I hope to identify cognitive factors that predict the neural signature of memory retrieval, as well as testing conditions that favor the reduction of age and individual differences in memory representation.  


Title Source (Journal/Book/Conference) Authors/Presenters Published On Type
Eye Movement Reinstatement and Neural Reactivation During Mental Imagery. Cerebral cortex (New York, N.Y. : 1991) Bone MB, St-Laurent M, Dang C, McQuiggan DA, Ryan JD, Buchsbaum BR 1546318800 Journal Article
Changes in patterns of neural activity underlie a time-dependent transformation of memory in rats and humans. Hippocampus Sekeres MJ, Winocur G, Moscovitch M, Anderson JAE, Pishdadian S, Martin Wojtowicz J, St-Laurent M, McAndrews MP, Grady CL 1514782800 Journal Article
Recovering and preventing loss of detailed memory: differential rates of forgetting for detail types in episodic memory. Learning & memory (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.) Sekeres MJ, Bonasia K, St-Laurent M, Pishdadian S, Winocur G, Grady C, Moscovitch M 1451624400 Journal Article
Age differences in brain activity related to unsuccessful declarative memory retrieval. Brain research Grady CL, St-Laurent M, Burianová H 1420088400 Journal Article
Functional and effective hippocampal-neocortical connectivity during construction and elaboration of autobiographical memory retrieval Cerebral Cortex McCormick C, St-Laurent M, Ty A, Valiante TA, McAndrews MP 1411617600 Journal Article
Social inference deficits in temporal lobe epilepsy and lobectomy: risk factors and neural substrates Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Cohn M, St-Laurent M, Barnett A, McAndrews MP 1411617600 Journal Article
The perceptual richness of complex memory episodes is compromised by medial temporal lobe damage Hippocampus St-Laurent M, Moscovitch M, Jadd R, McAndrews MP 1398916800 Journal Article
Using multivariate data reduction to predict post-surgery memory decline in patients with mesial temporal lobe epilepsy Epilepsy & Behavior St-Laurent M, McCormick C, Cohn M, Misic B, Giannoylis I, McAndrews MP 1391230800 Journal Article
Memory reactivation in healthy aging: evidence of stimulus-specific dedifferentiation Journal of Neuroscience St-Laurent M, Abdi H, Bondad A, Buchsbaum BR 1388552400 Journal Article
Influence of Aging on the Neural Correlates of Autobiographical, Episodic and Semantic Memory Retrieval Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience St-Laurent M, Abdi H, Burianova H, Grady CL 1312948800 Journal Article
The temporal unraveling of autobiographical memory narratives in patients with temporal lobe epilepsy or excisions Hippocampus St-Laurent M, Moscovitch M, Tau M, McAndrews MP 1301630400 Journal Article
The immediacy of recollection: The use of the historical present in narratives of autobiographical episodes by patients with unilateral temporal lobe epilepsy Neuropsychologia Park L, St-Laurent M, McAndrews MP, Moscovitch M 1297486800 Journal Article
Does the cingulate cortex contribute to spatial conditional associative learning? Hippocampus St-Laurent M, Petrides M, Sziklas V 1246420800 Journal Article
Determinants of autobiographical memory in patients with unilateral temporal lobe epilepsy or excisions Neuropsychologia St-Laurent M, Moscovitch M, Levine B, McAndrews MP 1233291600 Journal Article
Spatial conditional associative learning: effects of thalamo-hippocampal disconnection in rats Neuroreport Henry J, Petrides M, St-Laurent M, Sziklas V 1098676800 Journal Article


  • 2012: PhD, Psychology, University of Toronto Toronto, ON, CA
  • 2007: MA, Psychology, University of Toronto Toronto, ON, CA
  • 2003: BSc, Psychology, McGill University Montreal, Qc, CA

Distinctions and Awards

  • 2011: Age + Prize, CIHR Institute of Aging , $1000
  • 2011: Ben and Hilda Katz Postdoctoral Fellowship , Rotman Research Institute, $45 000 / year (2 years)
  • 2010: Savoy Foundation Studentship & Van Gelder Award , Savoy Epilepsy Foundation , $16 500 (1 year)
  • 2007: NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship - Doctoral , $21 000 / year (3 years)
  • 2005: NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarship - Master's , $17 500 (1 year)
  • 2005: FRSQ Master's Training Award - Declined , Fonds de la Recherche en Santé du Québec , $15 000 (1 year)
  • 2003: Major Hiram Mills Medal , Science Faculty, McGill University


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