Michael Starrett

Michael J. Starrett
Department of Psychology
University of California, Davis
One Shields Ave
Davis, CA 95616
mjstarrett@ucdavis.edu

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.

Previous Work

PUBLICATIONS
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]

TALKS
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]

POSTERS
Rose, N. S., LaRocque, J. J., Riggall, A. C., Gosseries, O., Starrett, M. J., & Postle, B. R. (2016, April). Can transcranial magnetic stimulation bring passively retained items in short-term memory back into focal attention? Poster to be presented at the annual meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, New York, NY.

Starrett, M. J., Gosseries, O., LaRocque, J. J., Saad, E., Cowan, N., & Postle, B. R. (2015, October). Delay-period activity of the parietal cortex depends on working memory load, not interference. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, Chicago, IL. [pdf]

Starrett, M. J., Rose, N. S., Riggall, A. C., Samaha, J., & Postle, B. R. (2015, March). EEG and behavioral effects of delay-period rTMS. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, San Francisco, CA. [pdf]

Starrett, M. J., Rose, N. S., Riggall, A. C., & Postle, B. R. (2014, November). Behavioral and EEG effects of rTMS on recall of items inside versus outside the focus of attention. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, Washington, D.C. [pdf]

Gosseries, O., LaRocque, J. J., Riggall, A. C., Starrett, M. J., & Postle, B. R. (2014, November). Theta burst stimulation to MT+ versus IPS: effect on behavioral and neural fidelity in short-term memory. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, Washington, D.C. [pdf]

Starrett, M. J., LaRocque, J. J., Rose N. S., & Postle, B. R. (2014, April). In short-term memory but outside the focus of attention: A role for long-term memory? Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, Boston, MA. [pdf]

Gosseries, O., LaRocque, J. J., Riggall, A. C., Starrett, M. J., & Postle, B.R. (2014, April). Effect of theta burst stimulation on visual representation during a short-term memory task. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, Boston, MA. [pdf]