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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


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Gizelle Anzures

Assistant Professor, Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences and PsychologyResearch area: Developmental changes in social cognition (e.g., face processing abilities and racial biases) and brain function using eye-tracking, EEG, and functional MRI.


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


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Elan Barenholtz

Associate Professor, Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences and Psychology. Research Area: Computational modeling of perception, learning and action using deep neural networks embedded in robotic agents.


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. 



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Janet 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.

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Steven L. Bressler

Director, Professor, Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences and Psychology. Research Area: Cognitive neurodynamics: cognitive dynamics in large-scale cortical networks.


Recent Publications from Dr. Bressler's Lab:

Richter CG, Coppola R, Bressler SL. Top-down beta oscillatory signaling conveys behavioral context in primary visual cortex. Scientific Reports, 2018, 8:6991.

Meehan TP, Bressler SL, Astafiev SA, Sylvester CM, Shulman GL, Corbetta M. Anticipatory attention-specific and intrinsic-directed influences between and within the dorsal attention network and visual cortex. Brain Structure and Function, 2017, doi:10.1007/s00429-017-1390-6.

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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



Edward Ester

Edward Ester

Assistant Professor, Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences, Department of Psychology.  Research Area: neural mechanisms that allow us to rapidly perceive and make sense out of the world around us. The long-term goal of our research to understand how the visual system efficiently selects incoming sensory signals in the service of flexible behavior and efficient decision making, and to understand these capacities are disrupted in different disease states (e.g., ADHD).


Recent Publications from Dr. Ester's Lab:

Sprague, T.C., Ester, E.F., Serences, J.T. (2016) Restoring latent visual working memory representations in human cortex. Neuron 91, 694-707

Ester, E.F., Sutterer, D.W., Serences, J.T., Awh, E. (2016) Feature-selective attentional modulations in human frontoparietal cortex. Journal of Neuroscience 36, 8188-8199


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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 and functional MRI.


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.  

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Howard S. Hock 

Professor, Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences and Psychology.  Research Area: Perception of motion, motion detection and pattern formation, neural pathways responsible for conscious awareness, perceptual grouping for multi-surface objects, object motion perception during locomotion, dynamical computational modeling.


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

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Sammy Hong, Associate Professor, Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences. Research Area: Color vision, motion processing, visual awareness, facial expression perception, and multi-sensory integration using psychophysical, eye-tracking, and fMRI methodologies.


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, Member of the Global Future Council of Neurotechnologies and Brain Science for the World Economic Forum, President of the International S.T.E.P.S. (Science, Technology, Economics, & Politics for Society), and Chairman of the Olympiads of the Mind. Research Area: Mechanisms of self-organization underlying the coordination of brain and behavior.


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


Tognoli, E., & Kelso, J. S. (2014). The metastable brain.  Neuron 81 (1), 35-48.



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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.

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Shen, Wen

Associate Professor of Biomedical Science. Research Area: Electrophysiology of channels and receptors, transporters in neurodevelopment and adult system, signal transduction in retinal circuits.


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: Behavioral and neuroimaging studies of visual short-term memory and attention.


Recent Publications from Dr. Sheremata's Lab:

Sheremata, S. L., Somers, D. C., & Shomstein, S. (2018). Visual Short-Term Memory Activity in Parietal Lobe Reflects Cognitive Processes beyond Attentional Selection. The Journal of Neuroscience, 38, 1511–1519.

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

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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.


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Emmanuelle Tognoli

Associate Research Professor, Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences. Research Area: EEG coordination dynamics of human individual and social behavior, spatio-temporal self-organization within and between brains, brain computer/machine interactions.


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).

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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. 

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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: 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.