Dr Bernhard Staresina

Bernhard Staresina

University position

Research Associate


MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit



Research Theme

Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience


My main research focuses on the neural mechanisms underlying episodic memory in humans. In particular, I have been interested in how different subregions of the medial temporal lobe (MTL) contribute to successful encoding and recollection of multiple event details.To address this question, I've been using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) in healthy participants along with intracranial electroencephalography (iEEG) in epilepsy patients.

Research Focus







Clinical conditions

No direct clinical relevance


intracranial EEG (iEEG)

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)



Nikolai Axmacher Web: http://www.epileptologie-bonn.de/cms/fro...

Lila Davachi Web: http://www.psych.nyu.edu/davachi/

Juergen Fell Web: http://www.epileptologie-bonn.de/cms/fro...

Ole Jensen Web: http://www.neuosc.com/olejensen

Dan Schacter Web: http://www.wjh.harvard.edu/~dsweb/...

Anthony Wagner Web: https://psychology.stanford.edu/awagner



Staresina BP, Alink A, Kriegeskorte N, Henson RN (2013), “Awake reactivation predicts memory in humans.” Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 110(52):21159-64 Details

Staresina BP, Cooper E, Henson RN (2013), “Reversible Information Flow across the Medial Temporal Lobe: The Hippocampus Links Cortical Modules during Memory Retrieval.” J Neurosci 33(35):14184-92 Details

Staresina BP, Fell J, Dunn JC, Axmacher N, Henson RN (2013), “Using state-trace analysis to dissociate the functions of the human hippocampus and perirhinal cortex in recognition memory.” Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 110(8):3119-24 Details


Do Lam AT, Axmacher N, Fell J, Staresina BP, Gauggel S, Wagner T, Olligs J, Weis S (2012), “Monitoring the mind: the neurocognitive correlates of metamemory.” PLoS One 7(1):e30009 Details

Fell J, Staresina BP, Do Lam AT, Widman G, Helmstaedter C, Elger CE, Axmacher N (2012), “Memory modulation by weak synchronous deep brain stimulation: A pilot study.” Brain Stimul Details

Staresina BP, Fell J, Do Lam ATA, Axmacher N, Henson RN (2012), “Memory signals are temporally dissociated in and across human hippocampus and perirhinal cortex” Nature Neuroscience 15(8):1167-1173

Staresina BP, Henson RN, Kriegeskorte N., Alink A (2012), “Episodic reinstatement in the medial temporal lobe” The Journal of Neuroscience 32(50):18150 - 18156


Fell J, Ludowig E, Staresina BP, Wagner T, Kranz T, Elger CE, Axmacher N (2011), “Medial temporal theta/alpha power enhancement precedes successful memory encoding: evidence based on intracranial EEG.” J Neurosci 31(14):5392-7 Details

Staresina BP, Duncan KD, Davachi L (2011), “Perirhinal and parahippocampal cortices differentially contribute to later recollection of object- and scene-related event details.” J Neurosci 31(24):8739-47 Details


Devinsky O, Davachi L, Santchi C, Quinn BT, Staresina BP, Thesen T (2010), “Hyperfamiliarity for faces.” Neurology 74(12):970-4 Details

Staresina BP, Davachi L (2010), “Object unitization and associative memory formation are supported by distinct brain regions” J Neurosci 30(29):9890-97


Oztekin I, McElree B, Staresina BP, Davachi L (2009), “Working memory retrieval: contributions of the left prefrontal cortex, the left posterior parietal cortex, and the hippocampus.” J Cogn Neurosci 21(3):581-93 Details

Staresina BP, Davachi L (2009), “Mind the gap: binding experiences across space and time in the human hippocampus.” Neuron 63(2):267-76 Details

Staresina BP, Gray JC, Davachi L (2009), “Event congruency enhances episodic memory encoding through semantic elaboration and relational binding.” Cereb Cortex 19(5):1198-207 Details


Staresina BP, Davachi L (2008), “Selective and shared contributions of the hippocampus and perirhinal cortex to episodic item and associative encoding.” J Cogn Neurosci 20(8):1478-89 Details


Staresina BP, Davachi L (2006), “Differential encoding mechanisms for subsequent associative recognition and free recall.” J Neurosci 26(36):9162-72 Details


Staresina BP, Bauer H, Deecke L, Walla P (2005), “Magnetoencephalographic correlates of different levels in subjective recognition memory.” Neuroimage 27(1):83-94 Details

Staresina BP, Bauer H, Deecke L, Walla P (2005), “Neurocognitive correlates of incidental verbal memory encoding: a magnetoencephalographic (MEG) study.” Neuroimage 25(2):430-43 Details