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

Hutton, C.P., Lemon, J.A, Sakic, B., Rollo, C.D, Boreham, D.R, Fahnestock, M., Wojtowicz, J.M. and Becker, S. (in press), 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

Keating, L., Becker, S., McCabe, K., Whattam, J., Garrick, L., Frey, B., Sassi, R., and McKinnon, M. (in press), Effects of a 12-week running program in youth and adults with complex mood disorders. BMJ Open Sport and Exercise Medicine

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

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

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)

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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,

[pdf] 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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

Becker, S. (2005) A computational principle for hippocampal learning and neurogenesis, Hippocampus 15(6):722-738.

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.

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.

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.

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.