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Will Alexander

Associate Professor,  Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences. Research area: computational and neural mechanisms underlying cognitive control, decision making and learning


Recent Publications from Dr. Alexander's Lab:

Alexander, W.H., Brown, J.W., Collins, A.G.E., Hayden, B.Y., and Vassena, E. (in press). Prefrontal cortex in control: Broadening the scope to identify mechanisms. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience

Alexander, W.H., Vassena, E., Deraeve, J. and Langford, Z.D. (in press). Integrative Modeling of PFC. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience


Gizelle Anzures

Assistant Professor, Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences and PsychologyResearch area: development of visual and social cognition, functional brain development


Recent Publications from Dr. Anzures Lab:

Haist, F., & Anzures, G. (2017). Functional development of the brain’s face-processing system. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Cognitive Science, 8, doi: 10.1002/wcs.1423

Anzures, G., Goyet, L., Ganea, N., & Johnson, M. H. (2016). Enhanced ERPs to visual stimuli in unaffected male siblings of ASD children. Child Neuropsychology, 22, 220-237 doi: 10.1080/09297049.2014.988609

Dr. Blanks


Emeritus Professor, Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences. Research Area: Vision Science

Recent Publications from Dr. Blanks:

Biswal, Manas R., et al. "A Hypoxia-Responsive Glial Cell–Specific Gene Therapy Vector for Targeting Retinal NeovascularizationHypoxia-Regulated Gene Therapy in Retina."  Investigative ophthalmology & visual science  55.12 (2014): 8044-8053.

Sur, Arunodoy, et al. "Protection of RPE cells by sulindac against oxidative damage is through ischemic preconditioning (IPC) and involves activation of the peroxisome proliferator activated receptor alpha (PPAR α)."  Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science  54.15 (2013): 3276-3276.


Elan Barenholtz

Associate Professor, Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences and Psychology. Research Area: Psychophysical and computational approaches to visual and multisensory perception and recognition.


Recent Publications from Dr. Barenholtz's Lab:

Hahn, W. E., Lewkowitz, S., Lacombe Jr, D. C., & Barenholtz, E. (2015). Deep learning human actions from video via sparse filtering and locally competitive algorithms.  Multimedia Tools and Applications , 1-14.

Barenholtz, E., Lewkowicz, D. J., Davidson, M., & Mavica, L. (2014). Categorical congruence facilitates multisensory associative learning. Psychonomic bulletin & review 21 (5), 1346-1352. 


Steven L. Bressler

Director, Professor, Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences and Psychology. Research Area: Investigation of cognitive processing through analysis of the large-scale dynamics of activity in the cerebral cortex using EEG, MEG, LFP.


Recent Publications from Dr. Bressler's Lab:

Bressler, S. L., & Richter, C. G. (2015). Interareal oscillatory synchronization in top-down neocortical processing. Current Opinion in Neurobiology, 31, 62-66.

Asemi, A., Ramaseshan, K., Burgess, A., Diwadkar, V. A., & Bressler, S. L. (2015). Dorsal anterior cingulate cortex modulates supplementary motor area in coordinated unimanual motor behavior. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 9, 309.


Erik Engeberg

Associate Professor, Department of Ocean and Mechanical Engineering, Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences. Research Area: Robotics and Prosthetics, Energy Harvesting, Sensor Design, Brain-Machine Interfaces, Bioinspiration and Biomimetics


Recent Publications from Dr. Engeberg's Lab:

Kent, N. Karnati, and E. Engeberg, “Electromyogram Synergy Control of a Dexterous Artificial Hand,” Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, vol. 11, 2014, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1743-0003-11-41

P. Kumar, R. Adams, A. Harkins, E. Engeberg, and R. Willits, “Stimulation frequency alters dorsal root ganglion neurite growth and directionality in vitro,” IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, vol. 63, p. 1257-1268, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TBME.2015.2492998



Armin Fuchs 

Professor, Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences and Physics and Biomedical Sciences. Research Area: Analysis of large scale brain activity patterns and combining noninvasive recording technologies, i.e. EEG, MEG, functional MRI and Diffusion Tensor Imaging.


Recent Publications from Dr. Fuchs' Lab:

Fuchs, A., et al. (2015). Diffusion Tensor Imaging in Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries–Acute State and Short-Term Recovery.  Medical Research Archives , (4).

Fuchs, A. (2015). Spatial Spectral Analysis.  Encyclopedia of Computational Neuroscience , 2780-2784.  


Howard S. Hock  

Professor, Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences and Psychology.  Research Area: Motion detection and motion pattern formation; dynamic computational models; new projects: 1) perceptual grouping, 2) visuo-locomotor coupling.


Recent Publications Dr. Hock's Lab:

Norman, J., Hock, H.S., & Schöner, G. (2014). Contrasting accounts of direction and shape discrimination in short-range motion: Counterchange compared with motion energy detection. Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, 76,  1350-1370.
Hock, H.S., & Schoner, G. (2015). Nonlinear dynamics in the perceptual grouping of connected surfaces. Vision Research


Sammy Hong, Associate Professor.


Recent Publications from Dr. Hong's Lab:  

Hong, S. W., & Yoon, K. L. ( in press ). Intensity dependence of facial expression adaptation aftereffect. Psychonomic Bulletin and Reviews.

Hong, S. W., & Kang, M. -S. (2016). Motion alters color appearance. Nature: Scientific Report, 6, 1-11.  doi: 10.1038/srep36272.


J. A. Scott Kelso

Eminent Scholar in Science, Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences and Professor of Psychology and Biological Sciences.
Research Area: The science of coordination (Coordination Dynamics): from neurons to people.


Recent Publications from Dr. Kelso's Lab:  

Dumas, G., de Guzman, G. C., Tognoli, E., & Kelso, J. S. (2014). The human dynamic clamp as a paradigm for social interaction.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 111 (35), E3726-E3734. http://www.pnas.org/content/111/35/E3726.short




Gary Perry


Howard Prentice 

Professor, Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science, joint appointment at the Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences. Research Area: Ischemic adaptations, Neurodegenerative disease, Brain anoxia, Mitochondrial dysfunction and Aging processes.


Recent Publications from Dr. Prentice's Lab:

Menzie, J., Pan, C., Prentice, H., & Wu, J. Y. (2014). Taurine and central nervous system disorders.  Amino acids 46 (1), 31-46.

Biswal, M. R., Prentice, H. M., Dorey, C. K., & Blanks, J. C. (2014). A hypoxia-responsive glial cell–specific gene therapy vector for targeting retinal neovascularization.  Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 55 , 8044-8053.


Shen, Wen. Ph.D. 

Associate Professor of Biomedical Science. Research Area: how single neuron and complex of neuronal circuits interact at processing of visual information within retina in molecular and electrophysiological approaches.


Recent Publications from Dr. Shen's Lab:

Z Jiang, JN Yang, LA Purpura, YF Liu, H Ripps, W Shen (2014) Glycinergic feedback enhances synaptic gain in the distal retina. J Physiol. (London), 592 (7) 1479-1492. PMCID: PMC3979606.

J Yang, CL Nan, H Ripps, W Shen (2015) Destructive Changes in the Neuronal Structure of the FVB/N Mouse Retina. PLoS ONE 10(6): e0129719.doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0129719. PMCID: PMC4475023.



Summer Sheremata

Assistant Professor, Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences and Psychology Research Area: the use psychophysics and fMRI to investigate how visual attention and working memory affect our representations of the external world. My research utilizes advanced topographic mapping techniques to tease apart functionally distinct regions of occipital, parietal and frontal cortices. Using these methods we can gain a better understanding of network dynamics that contribute to visual cognition


Recent Publications from Dr. Sheremata's Lab:

Sheremata, S.L., Silver, M.A. (2015) Hemisphere-dependent attentional modulation of human parietal visual field representations. Journal of Neuroscience 35(2): 508-17.

Sheremata, S.L., Shomstein, S. (2014) Hemifield asymmetries differentiate VSTM for single- and multiple-feature objects. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics 76(6) 1609-19.


Robert W. Stackman 

Professor, Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences and Psychology Research Area: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, Spatial Navigation, Brain Representations of Space, Mouse models of Alzheimer's disease.


Recent Publications from Dr. Stackman's Lab:

Cohen, S. J., & Stackman Jr, R. W. (2015). Assessing rodent hippocampal involvement in the novel object recognition task. A review.  Behavioural brain research 285 , 105-117.

Rabinowitz, A., Cohen, S. J., Finn, D. A., & Stackman, R. W. (2014). The neurosteroid allopregnanolone impairs object memory and contextual fear memory in male C57BL/6J mice.  Hormones and behavior 66 (2), 238-246.


Fred Steinberg



Associate Research Professor, Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences. Research Area: principles of brain coordination dynamics in individual and social behavior, in cognition, and in clinical disorders.


Recent Publications from Dr. Tognoli's Lab:

Tognoli, Emmanuelle, and JA Scott Kelso. "The metastable brain." Neuron 81, no. 1 (2014): 35-48.

Tognoli, Emmanuelle, and JA Scott Kelso. "Enlarging the scope: grasping brain complexity." Frontiers in systems neuroscience 8 (2014).


Robert P. Vertes

Professor, Center for Complex Systems and Psychology. Research Area:  Neurophysiology/Neuroanatomy. Functional organization of the brainstem and its role in controlling activity of the forebrain.


Recent Publications from Dr. Vertes' Lab:

Vertes, R. P. (2015). Major diencephalic inputs to the hippocampus: supramammillary nucleus and nucleus reuniens. Circuitry and function. Progress in Brain Research . 

Vertes, R. P., Linley, S. B., & Hoover, W. B. (2015). Limbic circuitry of the midline thalamus.  Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews 54 , 89-107. 

 J Wu

Jang Yen Wu

Professor and Schmidt Senior Fellow, Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science, joint appointment at the Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences. Research Area: Neuroscience, neurotransmitters and neurological disorders.


Recent Publications from Dr. Wu's Lab:

Modi, J.P., Gharibani, P.M., Ma, Z., Tao, R., Menzie, J., Prentice, H., and Wu J.-Y. (2014) Protective mechanism of sulindac in an animal model of ischemic stroke. Brain Res 1576:91-99.

Gharibani, P.M., Modi, J., Menzie, J., Genove, R., Ma, Z., Tao, R., Prentice, H., and Wu, J.-Y. (2014) Mode of action of S-methyl-N, N-diethylthiocarbamate sulfoxide (DETC-MeSO) as a novel therapy for stroke in a rat model. Mol Neurobiol DOI 10.1007/s12035-014-8658-0.