Assistant Professor
Weiss Hall
1701 N. 13th Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19122



Motivation, Novelty, Episodic Memory, Consolidation, Cognitive Neuroscience, Neuromodulation


Vishnu P. Murty will be starting as an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Temple University in January of 2018. Dr. Murty completed his Ph.D in Neurobiology with a certificate in Cognitive Neuroscience at Duke University, where he worked with Drs. Alison Adcock and Kevin LaBar. Dr. Murty then completed a post-doctoral fellowship at NYU under Dr. Lila Davachi. His current research program investigates how engagement of neuromodulatory systems influence both memory and memory-guided decisions using novel behavioral paradigms and human neuroimaging. He studies these processes in a variety of motivational and affective states including, reward, threat, and novelty. In addition, he applies these models developed in healthy adult populations to better understand healthy and aberrant adolescent development.

Selected Publications

  • Murty VP, Ballard IB, Adcock RA (2017) Prefrontal cortex and hippocampus predicts distinct temporal profiles of the ventral tegmental area. Cerebral Cortex, 27(2): 1660-1669.
  • Murty VP, Tompary A, Adcock RA, Davachi L (2017) Selectivity in post-encoding connectivity with high-level visual cortex is associated with reward-motivated memory. Journal of Neuroscience. 37(3): 537-545
  • Murty VP*, FeldmanHall O*, Hunter LE, Phelps EA, Davachi L (2016) Episodic memory predicts adaptive value-based decision-making. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. 145(5): 548-58
  • Murty VP, Calabro F, Luna B (2016) The role of experience in adolescent cognitive development: Integration of executive, memory, and mesolimbic systems. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews. 70: 46-58
  • Murty VP, DuBrow S, Davachi L The simple act of choosing influences declarative memory encoding. Journal of Neuroscience. 35(16): 6255-64
  • Murty VP, LaBar KS, Adcock RA (2012) Threat of punishment motivates memory encoding via amygdala, not midbrain, interactions with the medial temporal lobe. Journal of Neuroscience. 32(26): 8969-76
  • Murty VP & Adcock RA (2012) Enriched encoding: reward motivation organizes cortical networks for hippocampal detection of unexpected events. Cerebral Cortex. 24(8):2160-8