Alumni and Recent Graduates

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Recent Graduates

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Mike Norman 

I am interested in applying the nonlinear theories of complex and dynamical systems to analyze patterns in behavior and create predictive models.
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Joe Norman


I am interested in how living systems generate and maintain patterns of dynamic activity simultaneously at many different spatial and temporal scales.
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Tracy Romano


My research interest is to understand neuronal networks of cognitive processes in the brain. I am working on a project that will advance our understanding of working memory (WM) in the monkey. By utilizing new cutting-edge signal processing technology, I will investigate the directed influences between the Prefrontal Cortex (PFC) and Posterior Parietal Cortex (PPC) that are carried by synchronous neuronal activity.
 
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Wei Tang

Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging Research Fellow · Charlestown, Massachusetts
My work at FAU involved a data set from fMRI scans of people doing a visual spatial attention task. Hypothetically the higher-level control regions in the brain is thought to modulate the lower-level visual regions and make the latter prepared for incoming stimuli. We identify this pre-stimulus influence using a statistical tool named 'Granger Causality Analysis', based on which further statistical approaches can give us a deeper view toward large-scale cortical networks in cognitive functions.


Earlier Graduates

 
C Witkov

Carey Witkov


My research involves nonlinear resonance and its application to hearing. Unlike linear oscillators in which resonance is easily sustained, Duffing-type nonlinear oscillators slip in and out of resonance because their frequency of oscillation changes with their amplitude. Sustained resonance (autoresonance) is possible in Duffing-type nonlinear oscillators by sweeping the drive frequency or an oscillator parameter to maintain a match between drive and oscillator frequency. A paper was submitted by Dr. Liebovitch and myself to the Journal of Sound and Vibration, entitled Predicting optimal drive sweep rates for autoresonance in Duffing-type oscillators: A beat method using the Teager-Kaiser instantaneous frequency. An experiment is planned with Dr. Ali Danesh to test a possible role for autoresonance in otoacoustic emission.
 
S Rankin

Summer Rankin


My dissertation continued our work on the relationship between subjects' ability to track changes in tempo and the fractal nature of tempi. I am also analyzing multiple skilled pianists' performances of multiple composers to investigate whether the 1/f tempo structure generalizes. These studies are based on Dr. Large's Dynamic Attending Theory.
 
M Ballan

Meltem Ballan


My motivation is to understand the philosophical and physical aspect of how brain works and apply this knowledge to a specific problem. I have started to work on a project of great significance whose results may help to diagnose dyscalculia from a new perspective.
 
R Gordon

Reyna Gordon


My current research is focused on the relationship between meter/rhythm in speech and music. Over the past year, I have conducted a behavioral and EEG experiment that examines how stress patterns in song can facilitate or hinder intelligibility of sung language.
 
H Chapin

Heather Chapin


Using fMRI, I have been exploring the relationship between performance expression in music and the reported emotional and neural responses of listeners. I have also investigated the effects of attention on complex rhythm perception, rehearsal, and production using fMRI, EEG, and behavioral measures