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

Elisabeth KaruzaElisabeth Karuza
Georgetown University; B.A. (Honors) Linguistics, 2009
University of Rochester; Ph.D. Brain and Cognitive Sciences, 2014

Research Interests: Broadly speaking, I am interested in how learning, specifically implicit distributional learning, unfolds over time in the human brain. Using a combination of behavioral and functional neuroimaging methods, I aim to better understand not only the types of regularities to which human learners are sensitive, but also how a network of specialized neural substrates works in concert to extract and make use of them. I am particularly interested in how the learning process is mediated by top-down control functions associated with the frontal lobe.
Email: ekaruza@sas.upenn.edu

John MadagliaJohn Madaglia
Drexel University; B.S. Psychology, 2008
Pennsylvania State University; M.S. Clinical Psychology, 2011
Pennsylvania State University; Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, 2014

Research Interests: My research focuses on neuroplasticity and large scale network modeling in functional neuroimaging. I have particular interests in the control of large scale brain networks that support cognition in normalcy and acquired brain injury. Additionally, I am interested in the intersection between working memory, cognitive control, and pattern learning.
Email: johnmedaglia@gmail.com

Heath MathesonHeath Matheson
University of Winnipeg; B.A. (Honors) Psychology, 2006
Dalhousie University; Ph.D. Psychology, 2012

Research Interests: I am interested in sensorimotor or embodied theories of semantic memory. I am using fMRI to characterize the development of embodied representations and their flexible use in different psychological contexts.
Email: heathericmatheson@gmail.com

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.

Email: mattar@sas.upenn.edu

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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