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

Matt WeberMatt Weber
Amherst College; B.A. Computer Science, B.A. Russian, 2002
Princeton University; Ph.D. Psychology & Neuroscience, 2009
Research Interests:I'm interested in the influence of frontal activity on statistical learning in children and adults. In a past life, I was interested in recovering the structure of natural concepts from brain activity.
Research in Progress: I'm using behavioral testing, connectionist simulations, and transcranial direct current stimulation to examine, respectively, how measures of frontal function and statistical learning are related across the lifespan, what computational factors
might underlie that relationship, and whether it can be modulated in adults by changing the excitability of frontal cortex.
Email: mweb@sas.upenn.edu

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

ReseaRch Specialists

Sarah Solomon Sarah Solomon
University of Delaware; M.A. Cognitive Science, 2012
University of Delaware; B.S. Psychology and Cognitive Science, 2011
University of Delaware;
B.A. Philosophy, 2011
Research Interests: I am interested in how concepts are formed, maintained, and represented in the brain.

Research in Progress: I am currently looking at how the brain deals with different representations of an object as that object changes over time. Using fMRI, I will look at both how these distinct object states affect representations in the visual cortex, and the role of the prefrontal cortex in managing these representations.
Email: sarahsol@sas.upenn.edu

People

Lab 2012

Lab members for the 2011 academic year.

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