Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour

Neurotechnology and Neuroplasticity Lab

Sue Becker Sue Becker, Professor, Department of Psychology Neuroscience & Behaviour
McMaster University, Bldg 34, Rm 312
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, ON, Canada L8S 4K1
+1-905-525-9140 ext23020
becker at McMaster dot ca



Selected Publications

[Pubmed link] Dhindsa, K., Gauder, K. D., Marszalek, K., Terpou, B., & Becker, S. (2018) Progressive Thresholding: Incorporating Shaping in Automated Neurofeedback Training. IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering 26(12):2297-2305.

[Pubmed link] Hutton, C.P., Lemon, J.A, Sakic, B., Rollo, C.D, Boreham, D.R, Fahnestock, M., Wojtowicz, J.M. and Becker, S. (2018), Early intervention with a multi-ingredient dietary supplement improves mood and spatial memory in a triple transgenic mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease 64(3):835-857.

[Full tex link] Keating, L., Becker, S., McCabe, K., Whattam, J., Garrick, L., Frey, B., Sassi, R., and McKinnon, M. (2018), Effects of a 12-week running program in youth and adults with complex mood disorders. BMJ Open Sport and Exercise Medicine doi:10.1136/bmjsem-2017-000314

[link] Dhindsa, K., Carcone, D. and Becker, S. (2017), A brain-computer interface based on abstract visual and auditory imagery: Evidence for an effect of artistic training. Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Human-computer Interaction. Vancouver, Canada. July 9-14 2017.

[Pubmed link] [IEEE explore link] Dhindsa, K., Carcone, D. and Becker, S. (2017), Toward an open-ended BCI: A user-centered coadaptive design. Neural Computation 29(10).

[Pubmed link] Heisz, J., Clark, I.B., Bonin, K., Paolucci, E.M., Michalski, B., Becker, S. and Fahnestock, M. (2017), The effects of physical exercise and cognitive training on memory and neurotrophic factors. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 29(11): 1895-1907

[Pubmed link] [pdf Preprint] Becker, S. (2017), Neurogenesis and pattern separation: Time for a divorce. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Cognitive Science (WIREs Cogn Sci 2017, 8:e1427. doi: 10.1002/wcs.1427)

[pdf Preprint] Finnegan, R., Shaw, M. and Becker, S. (2017), Restricted Boltzmann Machine Models of Hippocampal Coding and Neurogenesis. The Rewiring Brain: A Computational Approach to Structural Plasticity in the Adult Brain. Section VIII. Structural plasticity in large-scale models. Edited by Arjen van ooyen and Markus Butz-Ostendorf, Elsevier.

[pdf Preprint] Becker, S. (2017), Marr's simple memory theory of archicortex, then and now: four decades later, things are not quite as simple. Chapter 7, page 159-177 in Computational Theories and their Implementation in the Brain: The Legacy of David Marr. Edidted by L.M. Vaina and R.E. Passingham. Oxford University Press.

[pdf Preprint] [Pubmed link] Goldstein, A., Déry, N., Pilgrim, M., Ioan, M. and Becker, S. (2016) Stress and binge drinking: a toxic combination for the teenage brain. Neuropsychologia 90:251-60. doi:10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2016.07.035. Epub 2016 Aug 3.

[Full text link] [PubMed link] Finnegan, R. and Becker, S. (2015), Neurogenesis paradoxically decreases both pattern separation and memory interference. Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience 9:136 doi: 10.3389/fnsys.2015.00136

[Pubmed link] Hutton, C., Déry, N., Rosa, E., Lemon, J., Rollo, C.D., Boreham, D., Fahnestock, M., deCatanzaro, D., Wojtowicz, J.M. and Becker, S. (2015). Synergistic effects of diet and exercise on hippocampal function in chronically stressed mice. Neuroscience 308:180-193. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroscience.2015.09.005

[Preprint pdf], [Pubmed link] Han, X. and Becker, S. (2014), One spatial map or many? Spatial coding of connected environments. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning Memory and Cognition 40(2):511-531

[PubMed link] [Full text link] Dhindsa, K., Drobinin, V., King, J., Hall, G., Burgess, N. and Becker, S. (2014), Examining the role of the temporo-parietal network in memory, imagery and viewpoint transformations. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. Vol 8, No 709,

[Full text link] [PubMed link] Dery, N., Pilgrim, M., Gibala, M., Gillen, J., Wojtowicz, J.M., MacQueen, G. and Becker, S. (2013), Adult hippocampal neurogenesis reduces memory interference in humans: opposing effects of aerobic exercise and depression, Frontiers in Neuroscience 7:66, DOI:10.3389/fnins.2013.00066 10.3389 pp.66

[Pubmed link] Luu, P., Sill, O., Gao, L., Becker, S., Wojtowicz, J.M. and Smith, D. (2012), The Role of Adult Hippocampal Neurogenesis in Reducing Interference. Behavioural Neuroscience 126(3):381-391.

[Pubmed link] Winocur, G., Becker, S., Luu, P., Rosenzweig, S. and Wojtowicz, J.W. (2011), Adult hippocampal neurogenesis and memory interference. Behavioural Brain Research doi:10.1016/j.bbr.2011.05.032

[Pubmed link] Chrostowski, M., Yang, L., Wilson, H., Bruce, I. and Becker, S. (2011), Can homeostatic plasticity in deafferented primary auditory cortex lead to traveling waves of excitation? Journal of Computational Neuroscience 30(2):279-299. DOI 10.1007/s10827-010-0256-1

[Pubmed link] Becker, S., MacQueen, G. and Wojtowicz, J.M. (2009) Computational modeling and empirical studies of hippocampal neurogenesis-dependent memory: Effects of interference, stress and depression. Brain Research 1299:45-54.

[Pubmed link] Turnock, M. and Becker, S. (2008), A neural network model of hippocampal-striatal-prefrontal interactions in contextual conditioning. Brain Research 1202:87-96

[Pubmed link] [pdf preprint] Byrne, P., Becker, S. and Burgess, N. (2007), Remembering the past and imagining the future: a neural model of spatial memory and imagery. Psychological Review 114(2):340-375.

[pdf preprint] [Pubmed link] Becker, S. and Wojtowicz, J.M. (2007), A model of hippocampal neurogenesis in memory and mood disorders. Trends in Cognitive Sciences 11(2):70-76.

[Pubmed link] [pdf preprint] Smith, A., Li, M., Becker, S. and Kapur, S. (2007), Linking animal models of psychosis to computational models of dopamine function. Neuropsychopharmacology 32(1):54-66, doi:10.1038/sj.npp.1301086

[pdf preprint] [Pubmed link] Becker, S. (2005) A computational principle for hippocampal learning and neurogenesis, Hippocampus 15(6):722-738.

[Semantic scholar link] Bondy, J., Becker, S., Bruce, I., Trainor, L. and Haykin. S. (2004). A novel signal-processing strategy for hearing-aid design: NeuroCompensation. Signal Processing 84(7):1239-1253.

[Pubmed link] Becker, S. and Lim, J. (2003), A computational model of prefrontal control in free recall: strategic memory use in the California Verbal Learning Task, Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 15(6):347-374.

[Pubmed link] Becker, S., Moscovitch, M. Behrmann, M. and Joordens (1997), Long-term semantic priming: A computational account and empirical evidence. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition, 23(5):1059-1082.

[Pubmed link] Becker, S. and Hinton, G. E. (1992), A self-organizing neural network that discovers surfaces in random-dot stereograms, Nature, Vol. 355, pp. 161-163.