Larry R. Squire, Ph.D. 

Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry, Neurosciences,
and Psychology
Research Career Scientist at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, VAMCSD

Memory Research Laboratory


Contact Information

3350 La Jolla Village Drive
San Diego, CA 92161-116B
T: (858) 642-3628
F: (858) 552-7457


Dr. Squire received his undergraduate degree from Oberlin College, his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Brain and Cognitive Sciences), and did postdoctoral study at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine before coming to UCSD. His publications include approximately 500 research articles and two books: Memory and Brain (Oxford Press, 1987) and Memory: From Mind to Molecules with Eric Kandel (Roberts and Co., 2009). He is also Senior Editor of the textbook, Fundamental Neuroscience, now in its 4th Edition and Editor-in-Chief of The History of Neuroscience in Autobiography (now in eight volumes). He served as President of the Society for Neuroscience (1993-1994) and is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and The Institute of Medicine. He is a recipient of the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from the American Psychological Association, the William Middleton Award from the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Metropolitan Life Award for Medical Research, the Karl Lashley Award (American Philosophical Society), the Herbert Crosby Warren Medal (Society of Experimental Psychologists), the Award for Scientific Reviewing (National Academy of Sciences), and the Goldman-Rakic Prize (Brain and Behavior Research Foundation).

Research Interests

Research Focus

Dr. Squire’s research concerns the organization and structure of mammalian memory (humans and rodents) at the level of neural systems and cognition. A part of the research involves studies of identified neurological patients with impaired memory. The research program also involves rodents, particularly with respect to questions about the anatomy of memory and the function of the brain systems that support memory. In addition, the facility for functional imaging at UCSD is affording the possibility of studying brain systems of human memory in normal volunteers.

Clinical Focus

Consultation for neuropsychological evaluation of memory impairment, effects of electroconvulsive therapy on memory, and other kinds of behavioral assessment.


  • Squire, L.R. and Kandel. E.R. Memory: From Mind to Molecules. W.H. Freeman & Co., New York. 1999.
  • Teng, E. and Squire, L.R. Memory for places learned long ago is intact after hippocampal damage. Nature, 400, 675-677, 1999.
  • Kandel, E.R. and Squire, L.R. Neuroscience: Breaking down scientific barriers to the study of brain and mind. Science, 290, 1113-1120, 2000.
  • Manns, J.R., Squire, L.R. The medial temporal lobe and memory for facts and events. In: A. Baddeley, B. Wilson, and M. Kopelman (Eds.), Handbook of Memory Disorders, 2nd Edition. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., 2002, 81-99.
  • Clark, R.E, Manns, J.R., and Squire, L.R. Classical Conditioning, Awareness, and Brain Systems. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 6, 524-531, 2002.