Professor Madeline Eacott

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education) and Professor (R)
Department of Psychology
Professor Madeline Eacott



Madeline Eacott is Professor of Psychology at Essex University and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education). She joined Essex University in January 2018 from the University of Durham where she had a variety of roles including Head of the Department of Psychology, Deputy Dean of Science with responsibility for undergraduate and postgraduate education, Chair of Education Committee and Chair of Senate Disciplinary Committee.


  • DPhil Oxford University,

  • BSc. Psychology University of Reading,


University of Essex

  • Pro Vice Chancellor for Education, University of Essex (1/2018 - present)


Journal articles (61)

Seel, S., Easton, A., Mcgregor, A., Buckley, M. and Eacott, MJ., (2019). Walking through doorways differentially affects recall and familiarity. British Journal of Psychology. 110 (1), 173-184

Chan, M., Austen, JM., Eacott, MJ., Easton, A. and Sanderson, DJ., (2019). The NMDA receptor antagonist MK-801 fails to impair long-term recognition memory in mice when the state-dependency of memory is controlled. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory. 161, 57-62

Samuel, S., Cole, G. and Eacott, M., (2019). Grammatical gender and linguistic relativity: A systematic review. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review

Seel, SV., Eacott, MJ., Langston, RF. and Easton, A., (2018). Cholinergic input to the hippocampus is not required for a model of episodic memory in the rat, even with multiple consecutive events. Behavioural Brain Research. 354, 48-54

Chan, M., Eacott, MJ., Sanderson, DJ., Wang, J., Sun, M. and Easton, A., (2018). Continual Trials Spontaneous Recognition Tasks in Mice: Reducing Animal Numbers and Improving Our Understanding of the Mechanisms Underlying Memory. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience. 12, 214-

Ameen-Ali, KE., Norman, LJ., Eacott, MJ. and Easton, A., (2017). Incidental context information increases recollection. Learning and Memory. 24 (3), 136-139

Robertson, B-A., Eacott, MJ. and Easton, A., (2015). Putting memory in context: Dissociating memories by distinguishing the nature of context. Behavioural Brain Research. 285, 99-104

Ameen-Ali, KE., Easton, A. and Eacott, MJ., (2015). Moving beyond standard procedures to assess spontaneous recognition memory. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews. 53, 37-51

Grisdale, E., Lind, SE., Eacott, MJ. and Williams, DM., (2014). Self-referential memory in autism spectrum disorder and typical development: Exploring the ownership effect. Consciousness and Cognition. 30, 133-141

Easton, A. and Eacott, MJ., (2013). Cholinergic mechanisms of episodic memory: What specific behavioural tasks can tell us about specific neural mechanisms. Brain Research Bulletin. 92, 21-28

Davis, KE., Eacott, MJ., Easton, A. and Gigg, J., (2013). Episodic-like memory is sensitive to both Alzheimer's-like pathological accumulation and normal ageing processes in mice. Behavioural Brain Research. 254, 73-82

Davis, KE., Easton, A., Eacott, MJ. and Gigg, J., (2013). Episodic-Like Memory for What-Where-Which Occasion is Selectively Impaired in the 3xTgAD Mouse Model of Alzheimer's Disease. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease. 33 (3), 681-698

Ameen-Ali, KE., Eacott, MJ. and Easton, A., (2012). A new behavioural apparatus to reduce animal numbers in multiple types of spontaneous object recognition paradigms in rats. Journal of Neuroscience Methods. 211 (1), 66-76

Easton, A., Webster, LAD. and Eacott, MJ., (2012). The episodic nature of episodic-like memories. Learning & Memory. 19 (4), 146-150

Eacott, MJ. and Easton, A., (2012). Remembering the future: The influence of past experience on future behavior. Learning and Motivation. 43 (4), 167-168

Eacott, MJ. and Easton, A., (2012). Remembering the past and thinking about the future: Is it really about time?. Learning and Motivation. 43 (4), 200-208

Easton, A., Douchamps, V., Eacott, M. and Lever, C., (2012). A specific role for septohippocampal acetylcholine in memory?. Neuropsychologia. 50 (13), 3156-3168

Jones, EJH., Pascalis, O., Eacott, MJ. and Herbert, JS., (2011). Visual recognition memory across contexts. Developmental Science. 14 (1), 136-147

Easton, A., Fitchett, AE., Eacott, MJ. and Baxter, MG., (2010). Medial septal cholinergic neurons are necessary for context-place memory but not episodic-like memory. Hippocampus. 21 (9), n/a-n/a

Eacott, MJ. and Easton, A., (2010). Episodic memory in animals: Remembering which occasion. Neuropsychologia. 48 (8), 2273-2280

Easton, A. and Eacott, MJ., (2010). Recollection of episodic memory within the medial temporal lobe: Behavioural dissociations from other types of memory. Behavioural Brain Research. 215 (2), 310-317

Easton, A., Zinkivskay, A. and Eacott, MJ., (2009). Recollection is impaired, but familiarity remains intact in rats with lesions of the fornix. Hippocampus. 19 (9), 837-843

Eacott, MJ. and Easton, A., (2007). On familiarity and recall of events by rats. Hippocampus. 17 (9), 890-897

Eacott, MJ. and Easton, A., (2007). Mental time travel in the rat: Dissociation of recall and familiarity. Behavioral and Brain Sciences. 30 (3), 322-323

Crawley, RA. and Eacott, MJ., (2006). Memories of early childhood: Qualities of the experience of recollection. Memory & Cognition. 34 (2), 287-294

Eacott, MJ. and Gaffan, EA., (2005). The Roles of Perirhinal Cortex, Postrhinal Cortex, and the Fornix in Memory for Objects, Contexts, and Events in the Rat. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology Section B. 58 (3-4b), 202-217

Norman, G. and Eacott, MJ., (2005). Dissociable Effects of Lesions to the Perirhinal Cortex and the Postrhinal Cortex on Memory for Context and Objects in Rats.. Behavioral Neuroscience. 119 (2), 557-566

Eacott, MJ., (2005). Recollection in an episodic-like memory task in the rat. Learning & Memory. 12 (3), 221-223

GREENBERG, D., EACOTT, M., BRECHIN, D. and RUBIN, D., (2005). Visual memory loss and autobiographical amnesia: a case study. Neuropsychologia. 43 (10), 1493-1502

Norman, G. and Eacott, MJ., (2004). Impaired object recognition with increasing levels of feature ambiguity in rats with perirhinal cortex lesions. Behavioural Brain Research. 148 (1-2), 79-91

Eacott, MJ., (2004). Integrated Memory for Object, Place, and Context in Rats: A Possible Model of Episodic-Like Memory?. Journal of Neuroscience. 24 (8), 1948-1953

Gaffan, EA., Healey, AN. and Eacott, MJ., (2004). Objects and Positions in Visual Scenes: Effects of Perirhinal and Postrhinal Cortex Lesions in the Rat.. Behavioral Neuroscience. 118 (5), 992-1010

Eacott, MJ., Norman, G. and Gaffan, EA., (2003). The Role of Perirhinal Cortex in Visual Discrimination Learning for Visual Secondary Reinforcement in Rats.. Behavioral Neuroscience. 117 (6), 1318-1325

Norman, G., Brooks, SP., Hennebry, GM., Eacott, MJ. and Little, HJ., (2002). Nimodipine prevents scopolamine-induced impairments in object recognition. Journal of Psychopharmacology. 16 (2), 153-161

Eacott, M., (2001). Elemental and configural visual discrimination learning following lesions to perirhinal cortex in the rat. Behavioural Brain Research. 124 (1), 55-70

Gaffan, EA., Eacott, MJ. and Simpson, EL., (2000). Perirhinal cortex ablation in rats selectively impairs object identification in a simultaneous visual comparison task.. Behavioral Neuroscience. 114 (1), 18-31

Gaffan, EA., Eacott, MJ. and Simpson, EL., (2000). Perirhinal cortex ablation in rats selectively impairs object identification in a simultaneous visual comparison task. BEHAVIORAL NEUROSCIENCE. 114 (1), 18-31

Crawley, RA. and Eacott, MJ., (1999). Memory for Early Life Events: Consistency of Retrieval of Memories Over a One-year Interval. Memory. 7 (4), 439-460

Eacott, MJ. and Crawley, RA., (1999). Childhood Amnesia: On Answering Questions About Very Early Life Events. Memory. 7 (3), 279-292

Eacott, MJ., (1999). Memory for the Events of Early Childhood. Current Directions in Psychological Science. 8 (2), 46-48

Machin, PE. and Eacott, MJ., (1999). Perirhinal cortex and visual discrimination learning in the rat. Psychobiology. 27 (4), 470-479

Eacott, MJ., (1999). That old familiar feeling: On uniquely identifying the role of perirhinal cortex. Behavioral and Brain Sciences. 22 (3), 448-449

Eacott, MJ. and Crawley, RA., (1998). The offset of childhood amnesia: Memory for events that occurred before age 3.. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. 127 (1), 22-33

Eacott, MJ., (1998). Acquisition and retention of visual discrimination learning after ablation of perirhinal cortex in the rat. Psychobiology. 26 (1), 36-41

Simpson, EL., Gaffan, EA. and Eacott, MJ., (1998). Rats' object-in-place encoding and the effect of fornix transection. Psychobiology. 26 (3), 190-204

Rushworth, MFS., Nixon, PD., Eacott, MJ. and Passingham, RE., (1997). Ventral Prefrontal Cortex Is Not Essential for Working Memory. The Journal of Neuroscience. 17 (12), 4829-4838

Gaffan, EA. and Eacott, MJ., (1997). Spatial memory impairment in rats with fornix transection is not accompanied by a simple encoding deficit for directions of objects in visual space.. Behavioral Neuroscience. 111 (5), 937-954

Parker, A., Eacott, MJ. and Gaffan, D., (1997). The Recognition Memory Deficit Caused by Mediodorsal Thalamic Lesion in Non-human Primates: A Comparison with Rhinal Cortex Lesion. European Journal of Neuroscience. 9 (11), 2423-2431

Gaffan, D. and Eacott, MJ., (1995). Visual Learning for an Auditory Secondary Reinforcer by Macaques is Intact after Uncinate Fascicle Section: Indirect Evidence for the Involvement of the Corpus Striatum. European Journal of Neuroscience. 7 (9), 1866-1871

Gaffan, D. and Eacott, MJ., (1995). Uncinate fascicle section leaves delayed matching-to-sample intact, with both large and small stimulus sets. Experimental Brain Research. 105 (1), 175-180

Eacott, MJ. and Heywood, CA., (1995). Perception and memory: Action and interaction. Critical Reviews in Neurobiology. 9 (4), 311-320

Gaffan, EA. and Eacott, MJ., (1995). A computer-controlled maze environment for testing visual memory in the rat. Journal of Neuroscience Methods. 60 (1-2), 23-37

Eacott, MJ., Gaffan, D. and Murray, EA., (1994). Preserved Recognition Memory for Small Sets, and Impaired Stimulus Identification for Large Sets, Following Rhinal Cortex Ablations in Monkeys. European Journal of Neuroscience. 6 (9), 1466-1478

Eacott, MJ., Heywood, CA., Gross, CG. and Cowey, A., (1993). Visual discrimination impairments following lesions of the superior temporal sulcus are not specific for facial stimuli. Neuropsychologia. 31 (6), 609-619

Eacott, MJ. and Gaffan, D., (1992). Inferotemporal-frontal Disconnection: The Uncinate Fascicle and Visual Associative Learning in Monkeys. European Journal of Neuroscience. 4 (12), 1320-1332

Eacott, MJ. and Gaffan, D., (1991). The role of monkey inferior parietal cortex in visual discrimination of identity and orientation of shapes. Behavioural Brain Research. 46 (1), 95-98

Eacott, MJ. and Gaffan, D., (1990). Interhemispheric transfer of visuomotor conditional learning via the anterior corpus callosum of monkeys. Behavioural Brain Research. 38 (2), 109-116

Eacott, MJ. and Gaffan, D., (1989). Interhemispheric transfer of visual learning in monkeys with intact optic chiasm. Experimental Brain Research. 74 (2), 348-352


Gaffan, EA. and Eacott, M., (1986). Memory for Feeding in Rats’ Spatial and Visual Choice Behaviour. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology Section B. 38 (3), 285-311

Gaffan, EA. and Eacott, M., (1986). Memory for feeding in rats' spatial and visual choice behaviour.. The Quarterly journal of experimental psychology. B, Comparative and physiological psychology. 38 (3), 285-311

Books (1)

Easton, A. and Eacott, MJ., (2008). Chapter 2.3 A new working definition of episodic memory: replacing “when” with “which”. Elsevier. 9780444531742

Conferences (1)

Machin, PE. and Eacott, MJ., (1998). Retrieval of object discriminations is impaired but acquisition is intact following perirhinal ablation in the rat

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