Mihály Racsmány


Research topics

The primary goal is the investigation of the role of the so-called frontostriatal neural network (traditionally linked to skill-learning) in non-declarative learning and memory. The fundamental research question is thus the development of a new cognitive and neural explanatory framework for learning and memory based on empirical research data. At the same time, several applied sub-projects build upon this main fundamental research program. Among others, an important aim of the research project is the development of new rehabilitation programs that, utilizing the latest data from memory research, can lead to a breakthrough in the successful rehabilitation of various learning and memory dysfunctions in several neurological (e.g. Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, different forms of dementia) and psychiatric disorders (e.g. schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive disorder). Another significant applied research project that builds upon the main fundamental research program is the development of new educational agendas based on memory retrieval and testing. Results of this latter project can form basis of new educational programs warranting successful long-term knowledge acquisition.


2017-1.2.1.-NKP-2017-00002 – National Brain Research Program, Hungary (NAP 2.0): The role of the frontostriatal system in long-term learning and cognitive disorders (PI: Mihály Racsmány)
NKFI K124094: Retrieval-based learning as skill-based declarative process – Automatization and the testing-effect (PI: Mihály Racsmány)


Szabolcs Kéri, Department of Cognitive Science, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary; Nyírő Gyula National Institute of Psychiatry and Addictions, Hungary

Gyula Kovács, Institute of Psychology, Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Jena, Germany

Balázs Lendvai, Richter Gedeon Plc., Hungary

Ágnes Lukács, Momentum (Lendület) Research Group on Language Acquisition, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary; Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Martin A. Conway, Department of Psychology, City University of London, London, UK

Dezső Németh, Language, Memory, and Neuroscience Research Group, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience and Psychology, Hungarian Academy of Sciences; Institute of Psychology, Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary

Zoltán Sarnyai, Centre for Biodiscovery and Molecular Development of Therapeutics, James Cook University, Australia
Péter Simor, Institute of Psychology, Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary

Csaba Szabó, Institute of Mathematics, Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary

István Szendi, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Szeged, Hungary

Brigitta Szilágyi, Institute of Mathematics, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary

István Valálik, Department of Neurosurgery, St. John Hospital, Hungary

Zoltán Vidnyánszky, Brain Imaging Centre, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary