Nathan Rose

Nathan Rose

Assistant Professor, William P. and Hazel B. White Collegiate Chair

Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis

  • Cognition, Brain, and Behavior


Corbett Family Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556

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Professor Rose is open to mentoring graduate students in the fall


Dr. Rose conducts research on the cognitive neuroscience of memory and aging. He studies the neurocognitive processes that support working memory, long-term memory, and prospective memory in healthy young adults and older adults and in patients with Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, or amnesia. His research uses neuroimaging (fMRI, ERP) and neurostimulation (TMS, tDCS) technologies and behavioral assessment to test and inform theories of memory and aging. In addition to studying basic memory processes, his research also assesses how cognitive theories can be applied to understanding memory performance in the real world and how cognitive training techniques can be utilized to improve memory performance. See a short video here: Dr. Rose has published articles in leading journals such as Science, Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, and the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, and his research has been featured in popular press including Time, the Wall Street Journal, and NPR's All Things Considered.

Recent Publications

Rose, N.S., LaRocque, J., Riggall, A., 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.

Agarwal, P.K., Finley, J.R., Rose, N.S., & Roediger, H.L. (2016) Benefits from retrieval practice are greater for students with low working memory than for students with high working memoryMemory, 1-8, DOI: 10.1080/09658211.2016.1220579.

Shelton, J.T., Lee, J.H., Scullin, M.K., Rose, N.S., Rendell, P.G., & McDaniel, M.A. (2016). Improving Prospective Memory in Healthy Older Adults and Individuals with Very Mild Alzheimer's Disease. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 64(6), 1307-1312.

Rose, N.S., Craik, F. I. M. & Buchsbaum, B. (2015). Levels of processing in working memory: Differential involvement of frontotemporal networks. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 7, 3, 522–532, doi:10.1162/jocn_a_00738.

Rose, N.S., Craik, F.I.M., Hering, A., Rendell, P.G., Bidelman, G.M., & Kliegel, M. (2015). Cognitive and Neural Plasticity in Older Adults' Prospective Memory Following Training on the Virtual Week Computer Game. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 9.

Craik, F.I.M. & Rose, N.S. (2012). Memory encoding and aging: A neurocognitive perspective. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 36, 1729–1739, doi:10.1016/j.neubiorev.2011.11.007.

Rose, N.S., Buchsbaum, B.R., & Craik, F.I.M.  (2014). Short-term retention of a single word relies on retrieval from long-term memory when both rehearsal and refreshing are disrupted. Memory & Cognition, 42(5):689-700, DOI 10.3758/s13421-014-0398-x. 

Rose, N.S. & Craik, F.I.M. (2012). A processing approach to the working memory/long-term memory distinction: Evidence from a levels-of- processing span task. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 38, 4, 1019-1029,

Rose, N.S., Olsen, R.K., Craik, F.I.M., & Rosenbaum, R.S. (2012). Working memory and amnesia: The role of stimulus novelty. Neuropsychologia, 50, 1, 11-18, doi:10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2011.10.016.

Hale, S., Rose, N.S., Myerson, J., Strube, M.J., Sommers, M., Tye-Murray, N., & Spehar, B. (2011). The structure of working memory abilities across the adult lifespan. Psychology and Aging, 26, 1, 92-110, doi:10.1037/a0021483.

Hering, A., Rendell, P., Rose, N.,  Schnitzspahn, K. & Kliegel, M. (2014). Prospective memory training in older adults and its relevance for successful aging. Psychological Research, 6, 892-904.  DOI 10.1007/s00426-014-0566-4.

Foster, E., Rose, N.S., Rendell, P., & McDaniel, M. (2013). Prospective memory in Parkinson disease during a Virtual Week: Effects of both prospective and retrospective demands. Neuropsychology, 27, 2, 170-181,

Kliegel, M., Altgassen, M., Hering, A., & Rose, N.S. (2011). A process-based approach to prospective memory impairment in Parkinson’s disease. Neuropsychologia, 49, 8, 2166-77, doi:10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2011.01.024.

Rose, N.S., Myerson, J., Roediger III, H.L., & Hale, S. (2010). Similarities and differences between working memory and long-term memory: Evidence from the levels-of-processing span task. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 36, 2, 471-483, DOI: 10.1037/a0026976.

Rose, N.S., Rendell, P.G., McDaniel, M.A., Aberle, I., & Kliegel, M. (2010). Age and individual differences in prospective memory during a “Virtual Week”: The role of working memory, vigilance, task-regularity, and cue-focalityPsychology and Aging, 25, 3, 595-605, doi: 10.1037/a0019771.

Rose, N.S., Myerson, J., Sommers, M., & Hale, S. (2009). Are there age differences in the executive component of working memory? Evidence from domain-general interference effects. Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition, 16, 6, 633-653, DOI: 10.1080/13825580902825238.