Thompson-Schill Lab :: People

Principal Investigator

Sharon Thompson-Schill Sharon L. Thompson Schill
Davidson College; B.A. in Psychology
Stanford University; Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology
Research Interests: I am interested in the neural bases of memory and language in humans.
Research in Progress: Research in my lab focuses on the investigation of semantic memory, in particular, we are concentrating on the role of the frontal lobes in the semantic retrieval of information.
Email: sschill@psych.upenn.edu

Post-Doctoral Fellows

Jorge Valdes KroffJorge Valdes Kroff
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; B.A. Linguistics, 2001
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; B.A. International Studies, 2001
Pennsylvania State University; Ph.D. Spanish and Language Science, 2012
Research Interests: My research focuses on the comprehension of codeswitching -- the fluid alternation of languages in bilingual speech -- and how exposure to codeswitching may more generally affect cognitive control processes involved in the mediation of conflicting representations.
Email: jvald@sas.upenn.edu

Marc Coutanche Marc Coutanche
Oxford University; B.A. Experimental Psychology, 2005
University of Pennsylvania; Ph.D. Psychology, 2013
Research Interests: I am interested in how semantic memory is encoded within activity patterns of the brain, associative and relational learning, and the development of multi-voxel pattern analysis approaches for fMRI.
Email: coumarc@psych.upenn.edu Website »

Graduate Students

Christine BoylanChristine Boylan
University of Chicago; B.A. Biology (Neuroscience), B.A. Linguistics, 2008
Research Interests: Neural bases of language, syntax/semantics interface, degree of domain specificity/generality of brain regions implicated in language processing.
Research in Progress: I am currently working on a study of syntactic and semantic prediction effects on word form estimation using fMRI and multivoxel pattern analysis.
Email: chboylan@sas.upenn.edu

Marcelo MattarMarcelo Mattar
Instituto Tecnologico de Aeronautica; B.A. Electronic Engineering, 2009 Research Interests: I am interested in the mechanisms, dynamics, and functions of visual adaptation, as well as how it interacts with behavior.
Research in Progress: I use fMRI data to understand how the profile of temporal integration of stimulus history varies across individuals and across brain areas, and how it relates to behavioral measures of perceptual similarity.

Lisa MuszElizabeth (Lisa) Musz
Carleton College; B.A. Psychology, 2010
Research Interests: I am interested in using neuroimaging techniques to explore the neural correlates of both semantic and working memory processes. In particular, I want to study flexible and creative thought, as well as the role of the prefrontal cortex in learning and goal-oriented behavior.

Research in Progress: I am currently researching the effects of hypofrontality on visual statistical learning using transcranial direct current simulation. Additionally, I am using fMRI adaptation techniques to inform distributed models of semantic memory for object representations.
Email: muszeliz@sas.upenn.edu

Sarah Solomon Sarah Solomon
University of Delaware; M.A. Cognitive Science, 2012,
B.S. Psychology and Cognitive Science, 2011, B.A. Philosophy, 2011
Research Interests: What makes up a concept, where is conceptual meaning represented in the brain, and how do concepts interact with one another?

Research in Progress: I am using figurative language as a tool to examine how concepts interact with each other during language comprehension. Using behavioral methods and fMRI, I'm looking at how the selection of conceptual properties relates to response in left prefrontal cortex during comprehension of metaphors.
Email: sarahsol@sas.upenn.edu

ReseaRch Specialists

Ruthie WittenbergRuthie Wittenberg
Oberlin College; B.A. Neuroscience and Psychology, 2014

Email: wittenb@sas.upenn.edu


Emilio Tamez
Rice University; B.A. Statistics, 2014

Email: temilio@sas.upenn.edu

 

Zuzanna Balewski
Massachusetts Insitute of Technology; B.S. Brain and Cognitive Sciences, 2014

Email: balewski@sas.upenn.edu


 

 

People

Lab 2012

Lab members for the 2011 academic year.

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