Karin Schon, Ph.D.



Karin Schon is a senior postdoctoral associate at the Cognitive Neuroimaging Laboratory and a member of the Center of Excellence for Learning in Education, Science, and Technology (CELEST) and the Silvio O. Conte Center for Memory and Brain.


Dr. Schon's research focuses on basic and translational cognitive neuroscience of learning and memory in healthy young adults and in aging. Her research investigates the role of the hippocampus and related medial temporal lobe structures and the prefrontal cortex in episodic and working memory and examines the relationship between the two memory systems using functional MRI and other techniques and a variety of cognitive paradigms.


Her most recent research interests include brain plasticity in the adult human brain, effects of exercise on cognition, and how functional and structural brain-behavior relationships change as a function of healthy, successful aging, and as a function of psychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders. In September 2010 she was awarded an NIH Pathway to Independence Award from the National Institute on Aging to investigate the effects of aerobic exercise and cardio-respiratory fitness on memory, hippocampal function and structure, and the role of neurotrophins in mediating this relationship in healthy young adults and in aging.