Michael Starrett

Department of Psychology
University of California, Davis
One Shields Ave
Davis, CA 95616

Background and Info

I am interested in the cognitive and neural bases of spatial representations for large-scale environments. My research combines innovative and immersive virtual reality (VR) technology with both behavioral and neurophysiological measures. I am particularly interested in how spatial information is learned and how properties of these representations evolve, emerge, and change with repeated exposure to an environment. 

Before Joining the Spatial Cognition Lab, I received my BA in 2011 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where I worked with Dr. Bradley R. Postle [Postlab] on various projects utilizing EEG, fMRI, and rTMS. In my free time I enjoy cycling, craft beer, and spending time with my dog.


Rose, N. S., LaRocque, J. J., Riggall, A. C., Gosseries, O., Starrett, M. J., Meyering, E. E., & Postle, B. R. (2016). Reactivation of latent working memories with transcranial magnetic stimulation. Science, 354(6316): 1136-1139. doi:10.1126/science.aah7011.

LaRocque, J. J., Eichenbaum, A. S., Starrett, M. J., Rose, N. S., Emrich, S. M., & Postle, B. R. (2015). The short- and long-term fate of memory items retained outside the focus of attention [Special issue on working memory]. Memory and Cognition, 43(3): 453-468. doi:10.3758/s13421-014-0486-y. [pdf]

Starrett, M. J., Stokes, J. D., & Ekstrom, A. D. (2017, August). Dynamic Evolution Of Spatial Representations During Free Ambulation Of Novel Large-Scale Virtual Environments. Presented at the annual meeting of the Cognitive Science Association for Interdisciplinary Learning, Hood River, OR. 

Saad, E., Starrett, M. J., LaRocque, J. J., Rose, N. S., & Postle, B. R. (2015, October). Multivariate assessment of biased competition in human visual attention. In C. Gray (Chair), Assessment and Modulation of Human Working Memory. Nanosymposium conducted at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, Chicago, IL. [abstract]

Riggall, A. C., Rose, N. S., Starrett, M. J., & Postle, B. R. (2014, November). Frontoparietal contributions to the short-term retention of motion and color. In A. C. Nobre (Chair), Working Memory. Nanosymposium conducted at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, Washington, D.C. [abstract]