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Faculty Affiliates (Alphabetical)

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Dr. Adlof’s lab investigates the relationship between oral language and reading development and disorders, with the long term goals of predicting, preventing, and remediating reading comprehension difficulties. She uses a variety of methods (e.g., eye tracking, behavioral experiments, event-related potentials (ERPs), and treatment studies) to examine word knowledge, sentence processing, and reading skills within the general population and in subgroups of individuals with language and/or reading impairment.

Kapelner, A., Soterwood, J., NessAiver, S., & Adlof, S.M. (2018). Predicting contextual informativeness for vocabulary learning. IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies, 99. doi:0.1109/TLT.2018.2789900.

Adlof, S.M., Scoggins, J., Brazendale, A., Babbs, S., & Petscher, Y. (2017). Identifying Children at Risk for Language Impairment or Dyslexia With Group-Administered Measures. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 60 (12), 3507-3522.

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Dr. Apel investigates the underlying linguistic components that support the development of word-level reading and spelling, with a particular focus on orthographic knowledge and morphological awareness.

Apel, K., & Henbest V.S. (2016). Affix meaning knowledge in first through third grade students. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, 47, 148-156. DOI:10.1044/2016_LSHSS-15-0050

Apel, K., & Masterson, J.J. (2015). Comparing the spelling and reading abilities of students with cochlear implants and students with typical hearing. Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, 20, 125-135. DOI: 10.1093/deafed/env002

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Dr. Apel investigates the underlying linguistic components that support the development of word-level reading and spelling, with a particular focus on orthographic knowledge and morphological awareness.

Apel, K., & Henbest V.S. (2016). Affix meaning knowledge in first through third grade students. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, 47, 148-156. DOI:10.1044/2016_LSHSS-15-0050

Apel, K., & Masterson, J.J. (2015). Comparing the spelling and reading abilities of students with cochlear implants and students with typical hearing. Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, 20, 125-135. DOI: 10.1093/deafed/env002

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From a background in biomedical engineering, I investigate the neural correlates of speech production and motor control in the human brain. In this context, the research goal of my lab is to provide an integrated approach to the understanding of sensory-motor mechanisms of human speech as a model system.

Behroozmand R, Phillip L, Johari K, Bonilha L, Rorden C, Hickok G, Fridriksson J. Sensorimotor Impairment of Speech Auditory Feedback Processing in Aphasia. Neuroimage (2017)

Behroozmand R, Oya H, Nourski KV, Kawasaki H, Larson CR, Brugge JF, Howard MA, Greenlee JD. Neural Correlates of Vocal Production and Motor Control in Human Heschl's Gyrus. Journal of Neuroscience (2016)

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Dr. Bezuidenhout is studies pragmatic phenomena, such as conversational implicature, ellipsis, metaphor, and presupposition using both formal and experimental methods. She is currently working on a project on perspective-taking in conversation.  

Bezuidenhout, A. (2018). Joint reference. In Jeanette Gundel & Barbara Abbott (Eds.), Oxford Handbook on Reference. (pp. 45-66). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Bezuidenhout, A. (2019). Noun-noun compounds from the perspective of Relevance Theory. In K. Scott, B. Clark and R. Carston (Eds.),  Relevance: Pragmatics and Interpretation. (pp. 174-186). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 

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 Dr. Bradshaw's research focuses broadly on understanding social competence as an emergent property of attention and motor systems in the first year of life.  Using this framework, she aims to identify early neurobehavioral markers of emerging social-commuication skills in order to improve early detection and intervention for infants at risk for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) .

Bradshaw, J., Klaiman, C., Gillespie, S., Brane, N., Lewis, M., Saulnier, C. (2018). Walking Ability is Associated with Social-Communication Skills in Infants at High Risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder. Infancy. doi:10.1111/infa.12242
Bradshaw, J., Koegel, L., Koegle, R. (2017). Improving Functional Language and Social Motivation with Parent-Mediated Intervention for Toddlers with Symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 47(8), 2443-24458.

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 Dr. Brashears is a social network analyst with a primary interest in how humans cognitively encode, represent, and manipulate network information.  Also interested in how these approaches influence, or bias, decisions about social behavior, leading to systematic patterns in realized social relationship patterns.

Omodei, E., Brashears, M. E., & Arenas, A. (2017). A Mechanistic Model of Human Recall of Social Network Structure and Relationship Affect. Nature Scientific Reports, 7:117133.
Brashears, M. E., Genkin, M., & Suh, C.S. (2017). In the Organization's Shadow: How Individual Behavior is Shaped by Organizational Leakage. American Journal of Sociology, 123: 787-849. 

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Neuropsychological assessment of children with learning and attention problems in schools. 

Decker, S. L., Roberts, A. M., & Englund, J. A. (2013). Cognitive predictors of rapid picture naming. Learning  and Individual Differences, 25, 141-149. 
Decker, S. L., Hale, B., & Flanagan, D. (2013). Professional practice issues in the assessment of intellectual development in children for educational applications. Psychology in the Schools. 50(3), 300-313.

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Dr. Den Ouden investigates ways in which the brain supports language functions in healthy and language-impaired populations, with a particular focus on phonological and syntactic production and comprehension.

Den Ouden, D.B., Galinia, E., Basilakos, A. Fridriksson, J. (2017) Vowel formant dispersion reflects severity of Apraxia Speech. Aphasiology. 
Den Ouden, D.B., Dickey, M.W., Anderson, C., & Christianson, K. (2016) Neural correlates of early-closure garden-path processing: Effects of prosody and plausibility. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 69 (5), 926-949.

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Dr. Desai investigates the neural basis of representation of meanings of words and sentences, in both healthy and neurologically impaired populations.  His lab investigates topics such as involvement of sensory motor systems of the brain in representing concepts, similarities and differences in processing varieties of concepts including abstract ones, processing of language, and brain basis of metaphor understanding.

Speed L.J., van Dam W., Hirath P., Desai, R.H. (2017). Impaired comprehension of speed verbs in Parkinson's disease. Journal of International Neuropsychological Society, 23 (5), 412-420.
Desai, R. H., Choi, W., Lai, V., Henderson, J. (2016). Towards semantics in the wild: Activation to manipulable nouns in naturalistic reading . Journal of Neuroscience, 36 (14), 4050-4055.

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My research Interests include syntax, semantics, and linguistic theory; descriptions and explanations of the grammars of natural languages, coupled with attempts to derive from these an understanding of the universal properties of human language.  

Song, Jiyeon and Stanley Dubinsky. 2019.  Event- and type-plurality marker: -tul Korean.  The Proceedings of 2018 Seoul International Conference on Generative Grammar. Konkuk University, Seoul, Korea. August 2018.
Davies, William D., and Stanley Dubinsky. 2019.  Language Conflict and Language Rights: Ethnoliguistics Perspectives on Human Conflict. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 

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Dr. Fogerty’s research projects focus on how basic acoustic and linguistic properties contribute to speech understanding under a variety of complex and adverse listening conditions, from noisy restaurants to cochlear implant processing. He is particularly interested in how age, hearing loss, and cognitive function influence a listener’s ability to use these properties. 

Fogerty, D., Bologna, W.J., Ahlstrom, J.B., & Dubno, J.R. (2017). Simultaneous and forward masking of vowels and stop consonants: Effects of age, hearing loss, and spectral shaping. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 141, 1133-1143.
Fogerty, D., Carter, B., & Healy, E.W. (2018). Glimpsing speech in gated and checkerboard noise. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 143, 3047-3057.

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Work in Dr. Fridriksson’s lab is focused on understanding the neural mechanisms that support normal and disordered speech and language processing as well as recovery from communication disorders caused by brain damage. This work is supported by grants from the NIDCD.  

Kocher, M., Gleichgerrcht, E., Nesland, T., Rorden, C., Fridriksson, J., Spampinato, M.V., & Bonilha, L. (2015). Individual variablity in the anatomical distribution of nodes participating in rich club structural networks. Frontal Neural Circuits, 9-16.
Fridriksson, J., Basilakos, B., Hickok, G., Bonilha, L., & Rorden, C. (2015) Speech entrainment Compensates fo Broca’s Area Damage. Cortex, 69, 68-75.

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Dr. Green’s research focuses on examining the neural underpinnings of attention and perception in multiple sensory modalities and how information from the different senses is integrated together. Her work uses a combination of behavioral and neuroimaging techniques, namely EEG, fMRI, and simultaneous EEG-fMRI recordings. 

Green, J. J., Boehler, C.N., Roberts, K.C., Chen, L.-C., Krebs, R.M., Song, A.W., & Woldorff, M. G. (2017). Cortical and subcortical coordination of visual attention revealed by simultaneous EEG-fMRI recording. Journal of Neuroscience, 37(33), 7803--7810.
Pierce, A.M., Crouse, M.D., & Green, J. J. (2017). Evidence for an attentional component of inhibition of return in visual search. Psychophysiology, 54, 1676-1685.

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Dr. Kelly has long been doing research examining brain changes and behavioral correlates in models of biomedical disorders. She is in the process of developing a new program of research examining the neural correlates of conscious experience and meditative states in people. 

Perkins, A. E., Fadel, J.R. and Kelly, S.J. (2015) The effects of postnatal alcohol exposure and galantamine on the context pre-exposure facilitation effect and acetylcholine efflux using in vivo microdialysis. Alcohol 49, 193-205.
Macht, V.A., Kelly, S.J. and Gass, J.T. (2017) Sex-specific effects of developmental alcohol exposure on cocaine-induced place preference in adulthood. Behavioral Brain Research, 332: 259-268.

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Dr. Klusek's  research focuses on defining communication profiles among individuals with autism and fragile X-associated conditions, with an emphasis on delineating cross-symdrome overlap. Also interested in indentifying physiological and genetic biomarkers for communication risk within these groups. 

Matherly, S., Klusek, J., Thurman, A.J., McDuffie, A., Abbeduto, L. & Roberts, J.E. (2017). Cortisol profiles differentiated in adolescents and young adult males with fragile X syndrome versus autism spectrum disorder. Developmental Psychobiology, e-pub ahead of print. doi:10.1002/dev.21578.
Klusek, J., Ruber, A., & Roberts, J.E. (2017). Impaired eye contact in the FMR1 premutation is not associated with social anxiety or the broad autism phenotype. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 3, 1-16.

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Dr. Matchin's research focuses on bridging the gaps between linguistics, psycholinguistics and cognitive neuroscience, particularly with respect to syntax and the brain.

Matchin, W. (2017). A neuronal retuning hypothesis of sentence-specificity in Broca's area. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 1-13.
Matchin, W., Hammerly, C., & Lau, E.F. (2017). The role of the IFG and pSTS in syntactic prediction: Evidence from a parametric study of hierarchical structure in fMRI. Cortex, 88, 106–123.

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Dr. Moore has conducted research on determining the functional outcomes of concussive injuries, and the active rehabilitation of post-concussion syndrome. The influence of health factors such as physical activity, fitness, and obesity on neuropsychological health and development.

Moore, R.D., Pindus, D.M., Drolette, E.S., Scudder, M.R., Raine, L.B., & Hillman, C.H. (2015). The persistent influence of pediatric concussion on attention and cognitive control during flanker performance. Boilogical Psychology, 109, 93-102.
Moore, R.D., Drollette, E.S., Scudder, M.R., Bharij, A., & Hillman, C.H. (2014). The influence of cardiorespiratory fitness on strategic, behavioral, and electrophysiological indices of arithmetic cognition in preadolescent children. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 8.

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Dr. Morris's lab investigates the use of eye movement measures to study cognitive processing. Her interests include studies of perceptual processing in reading and its relation to attention and eye movement control, as well as contextual factors that influence word processing.

Lowell, R., & Morris, R.K. (2017). Impact of contextual constraint on vocabulary acquisition in reading. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 29 (4), 551-569.
Binder, K.S., & Morris, R.K. (2011). An eye-movement analysis of ambiguity resolution: Beyond meaning access. Discourse Processes, 48(5), 305-330.

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Dr. Richards studies the development of sustained attention in young infants and the development of extended fixations to television programs in the first two years. Young infants do not distinguish between abstract patterns and story-like television programs, but at the end of two years young children do. Dr. Richards is now using EEG and ERP in the study of saccade planning, its development in the first few months of infancy, and its relation to cortical areas controlling eye movements. He also is using structural MRI of infants along with ERP to study the cortical sources of the behavior associated with planned eye movements. 

Tonnsen, B., Richards, J.E., & Roberts J.E. (2018). Heart Rate-Defined Sustained Attention in Infants at Risk for Autism.  Journal of Neurodevelopmental Cognitive Neuroscience. 10:7,doi:10.1186/S11689-018-9224-2
Xie, W., Mallin, B.A., & Richards, J.E. (2018). Development of brain functional connectivity and its relation to infant sustained attention in the first year of life. Developmental Science 2018; e12703.

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Research by Dr. Roberts focuses on two primary areas: (1) the co-morbidity of autism and fragile X by investigating the emergence, predictors and developmental pathways of these two associated conditions, and (2) the role of biomarkers to advance our understanding of the mechanisms associated with deleterious outcomes in fragile X.

Roberts, J.E., Tonnsen, B. L., McCary, L.M., Caravella, K.E., & Shinkareva, S.V. (2016). Breif Report: Autism symptoms in infants with fragile X syndrom, Journal of Autism and Developmental Delay, 46 (12), 3830-3837.
Tonnsen, B.L., & Roberts, J.E. (2016). Characterizing emergent anxiety through the lens of fragile X, International Review of Research in Developmental Disabilities, 51, 41-83.

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Dr. Rorden studies Attention and Perception, Epilepsy, and the behavioral difficulties experienced by individuals after brain injury. Most of his work centers on stroke, the leading cause of disability in the United States. He uses neuroimaging and brain stimulation to study brain activity and to understand the difficulties in speech production and perception that result from stroke, and to predict treatment outcomes.

Karnath HO, Sperber C, Rorden C. (2017). Mapping human brain lesions and their functional consequences. Neuroimage. 165, 180-189.
Bonilha L, Hillis AE, Hickok G, den Ouden DB, Rorden C, Fridriksson J. (2017). Temporal lobe networks supporting the comprehension of spoken words. Brain. 140 (9): 2370:2380.

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Dr. Shinkareva’s research focuses on the development and application of quantitative methods to neuroimaging data. Her current interests include applying machine learning methods to fMRI data to study the neural basis of semantic knowledge representation and the representation of affect. 

Shinkareva, S.V., Malave, R.A., Just, M.A. & Mitchell, T.M. (2012). Exploring commonalities across participants in the neural representation of objects. Human Brain Mapping, 33, 1375-1383.
Shinkareva, S.V., Malave, V.L., Mason, R.A., Mitchell, T.M., & Just, M.A. (2011). Commonality of neural representations of words and pictures. Neuroimage, 54, 2418-2425.

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Dr. Stewart’s research focuses on the brain-behavior relationship during the control and learning of skilled motor tasks using detailed measures of movement (kinematics, EMG), brain structure and function (functional MRI, diffusion tensor imaging), and clinical measures of impairment, function, and quality of life.  The overall goal of her research is to advance rehabilitation care for individuals with neurologic diagnoses through the development of novel intervention protocols and an improved understanding of client specific factors that predict likelihood of response to targeted interventions.  

Stewart JC, Gordon J, Winstein CJ.  (2014). Control of reach extent with the paretic and nonparetic arms after unilateral sensorimotor stroke II: planning and adjustments to control movement distance. Experimental Brain Research, 232(11), 3431-3443.
Stewart JC, Tran X, Cramer SC.  (2014). Age-related variability in performance of a motor action selection task is related to differences in brain structure and function among older adults.  Neuroimage, 86, 326-334.

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Dr. Vendemia’s lab focuses on the cognitive processes recruited during deceptive responses using a multi-method approach (e.g., self-report, behavioral, high-density event related potentials, and fMRI). Recent work has distinguished misremembering from deception and demonstrated involvement of reward networks in the perception of deception. Future work targets social emotional networks. 

Craig, Adam W; Loureiro, Yuliya Komarova; Wood, Stacy; Vendemia, Jennifer M.C. (2012). Suspicious Minds: Exploring Neural Processes During Exposure to Deceptive Advertising. Journal of Marketing Research, 49(3), 361-372.
Greer, T.M., Vendemia, J.M.C., & Stancil, M. (2012). Neural correlates of race-related social evaluations for African Americans and White Americans. Neuropsychology, 26(6), 704-712. 

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Dr. Wade-Woolley studies reading and spelling across the range of development, from children to skilled adults. Her current focus is the role of speech rhythm in literacy, and how prosody is implicated in reading at the level of the word and connected text.  Literacy in second language is a second area of research activity. 

Wade-Woolley, L. & Heggie, L.  (2015).  Implicit knowledge of word stress and derivational morphology guides skilled readers’ decoding of unfamiliar words. Scientific Studies of Reading, 19, 21-30.
Goodman, I., Libenson, A. & Wade-Woolley, L.  (2010). Sensitivity to linguistic stress, phonological awareness and early reading ability in preschoolers.  Journal of Research in Reading, 33, 113-221. 

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Dr. Wedell’s research focuses on how context influences valuation, integration and response processes underlying judgment, decision making, and spatial cognition. Recent research has examined how affective processes are represented in the brain and interactions between affect and cognition across different tasks. 

Kim, J., Shinkareva, S.V., Wedell, D.H. (2017). Internal Representation of Modality-General Valence derived from Videos and Music from fMRI data. Neuroimage, 148, 42-54.
Kim, J., & Wedell, D. H. (2016). Comparison of physiological responses to affect eliciting pictures and music. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 101, 9-17.

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Dr. Werfel’s research focuses on investigating the linguistic skills that underlie literacy achievement, as well as improving literacy assessment and intervention for children with hearing loss and/or language impairment. 

Lund, E., Werfel, K. L., & Schuele, C. M. (2015). Phonological awareness and vocabulary performance of monolingual and bilingual preschool children with hearing loss. Child Language Teaching and Therapy, 31, 85-100.doi: 10.1177/0265659014531261
Werfel, K. L., & Schuele, C. M. (2014). Improving initial sound segmentation for children with hearing loss: A pilot investigation. Volta Review, 114, 113-134.

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Adjunct Faculty Affiliates

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Dr. Ginsberg's lab investigates the physiological effects of traumatic stress on cognition and the role of heart variability.

Ginsberg, J., Arave, J., Muni, P., Fogo, W., Nagpal, M., Malphrus, R., . . . Gleichauf, K. (2018). HRV Mediates Sensitized Chronic Pain Symptom Cluster (post presentation at The Association of Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback. 49th Annual Scientific Meeting. April 13, Orlando, FL)

Burch, J.B., Alexander, M., Balte, P., Sofge, J., /7 Winstead, J. & Ginsberg, J.P. (2018). Shiftwork and Heart Rate Variablity Coherence among Nurses. Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback online epub ahead of print

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Dr. Herter is the director of the Robotic Brain Assessment Lab. His research focuses on using robotic technology, gaze tracking, and virtual reality for assessment of sensory, motor, and cognitive deficits following stroke and concussion.

Dukelow, S.P., Herter, T.M., Bagg, S.D., Scott, S.H. (2012) The independence of deficits in position sense and visually guided reaching following stroke. Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, 9, 72.

Debert, C.T., Herter, T.M., Dukelow, S.P. Robotic assessment of sensorimotor deficits after traumatic brain injury. Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy, 36, 58-67.

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Dr. Husband’s research interests are in the syntax-semantics interface and language processing. What is the representation of a sentence meaning? How are sentence meanings composed online? What network of brain regions supports the composition of sentence meanings? To address these and other related questions, his research makes use of behavioral and neurophysiological techniques, from grammaticality judgments and eye movements to electroencephalography and functional magnetic resonance imaging.

Politzer-Ahles, S. and Husband, E.M. (2018). Eye movement evidence for context-sensitive derivation of scalar inferences. Collabra: Psychology, 4(1), 3.
Husband, E.M., and Ferreira F. (2015). The role of selection in the comprehension of focus alternatives. Language, Cognitive and Neuroscience 31:2, 217-235.

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Dr. Newman-Norlund has conducted research on a variety of topics including motor learning, motor behavior, action observation and execution, imitation and complementary action, social cooperative motor tasks and the confluence of neural systems supporting language and motor functions. He utilizes behavioral experiments and neuroimaging techniques including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).

Newman-Norlund, R.D., van Schie, H. T., van Zuijlen, A. M. J., & Bekkering, H. (2007). The human mirror neuron system more active during complementary compared with imitative action. Nature Neuroscience, 10, 817-818.

Newman-Norlund, R.D., Ondobaka, S., van Schie, H.T., van Elswijk, G. & Bekkering, H. (2010). Virtual lesions of the dorsal pars opercularis abolish response facilitation for biological and non-biological cues. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 4:5.

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Dr. Palomares characterizes visuospatial functions in typical adults, typical children and individuals with atypical development using psychophysics and visual evoked potentials (VEPS).  She explores the mechanism underlying several aspects of visual perception and attentional selection, primarily focusing on how perceptual organization interfaces with higher-level cognition. 

Palomares, M., Englund, J.A. & Ahlers, S. (2011). Patterns and trajectories in Williams Syndrome: the case of visual orientation discrimination. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 32, 1021-1029.

Palomares, M., Pettet, M., Vildavski, V., Hou, C. & Norcia, A.M. (2010). Connecting the dots: how local structure affects global integration in infants. Journal of Cognitive Science, 22 (7), 1557-69.

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Dr. Richardson’s research focuses on neural plasticity and stroke recovery, the development of efficacious treatment approaches, and the development of outcome measures that better predict increased life participation post-stroke. 

Richardson, J.D., Fillmore, P., Rorden, C., Lapointe, L.L., Fridriksson, J. (2012) Re-establishing Broca’s initial findings. Brain and Language, 123, 125-130.

Richardson, J.D., Baker, J.M., Morgan, P.S., Rorden, C., Bonilha, L., Fridriksson, J. (2011) Cerebral perfusion in chronic stroke: implications for lesion-symptom mapping and functional MRI. Behavioral Neurology, 24, 117-122.

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