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Core Faculty and Affiliated Faculty are listed alphabetically along with title, a brief research description, email address, and personal and/or lab website.

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Core Faculty

Geoffrey Aguirre, Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology
Research interests: Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI); Object perception

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Anjan Chatterjee, Associate Professor, Department of Neurology
Research interests: Cognitive neuroscience; behavioral and cognitive neurology; neuroethics

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H. Branch Coslett, Professor, Department of Neurology
Research interests: Human spatial cognitition, reading, semantic memory, studied with neurological patients, functional imaging and transcranial magnetic stimulation.

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John Detre, Associate Professor, Department of Neurology
Research interests: Neuroimaging and functional physiology, basic and clinical applications.

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Russell Epstein, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
Research interests: Cognitive neuroscience of high-level vision, with particular emphasis on spatial processing mechanisms, studied with fMRI and behavioral testing of humans.

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Martha Farah, Walter H. Annenberg Professor of Natural Sciences
Research interests: Cognitive neuroscience, effects of childhood deprivation on brain development, and ethical, legal and social implications of neuroscience, also known as "neuroethics.”

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Murray Grossman, Associate Professor, Department of Neurology
Research interests: Disorders of language, number, and social functioning in patients with focal neurodegenerative diseases and healthy aging; biomarker studies of these conditions, including neuroimaging, biochemistry, genetics, and pathology

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Roy Hamilton, Clinical Instructor, Department of Neurology
Research Interests: Cognition in healthy individuals and persons with neurologic disorders, with a specific interest in using noninvasive brain stimulation as a means of investigating neural function and promoting neuroplasticity.



Joe Kable, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
Research interests: Decision processes, Individual Differences and behavior genetics

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Michael Kahana, Professor, Department of Psychology
Research interests: Electrophysiology of Human Memory

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Adrian Raine, Richard Perry Professor of Criminology, Psychiatry, and Psychology.
Research interests: Neurobiological and biosocial bases of antisocial and violent behavior; neural bases of moral reasoning and self control; neuroethics.



Robert Schultz, Endowed Chair,Regional Autism Center, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Research interests: Biological bases of developmental disorders, especially the neural bases of autism; social cognitive neuroscience



Sabrina Smith, Assistant Professor of Neurology & Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Research interests: Cognitive effects of focal brain inury in children, visuospatial attention in children



Sharon Thompson-Schill, Class of 1965 Endowed Term Associate Professor of Psychology; Director, Center for Cognitive Neuroscience
Research interests: Neural bases of conceptual knowledge and its relation to perceptual and linguistic processing.

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David A. Wolk , Assistant Professor of Neurology, Assistant Director, Penn Memory Center. 
Research interests: neural processes of learning and memory, as well as their impairment in neurological disease.  Among the tools of his research are the electrophysiological methods of EEG and ERP.



Affiliated Faculty

Ted Abel, Associate Professor, Department of Biology; Director, Biological Basis of Behavior Program
Research interests: Molecular mechanisms of memory storage; genetic approaches to studying behavior; small animal imaging techniques.

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Wade Berrettini, Karl E. Rickels Professor of Psychiatry; Director, Center for Neurobiology and Behavior
Research interests: Genetics and pharmacogenetics of complex CNS diseases, including epilepsy, addictions and bipolar disorder.




David Brainard, Professor and Chair, Department of Psychology
Research interests: Color vision and its neural mechanisms, with particular emphasis on color constancy. Techniques include fMRI, psychophysics, and single unit recording (in collaboration).

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Edward Brodkin,Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Research interests: Neurobiology of social cognition and social/emotional behaviors, including aggression, social approach-avoidance, and affiliative behaviors, studied using genetic analysis in mouse models and humans.

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Laurel Buxbaum, Research Associate Professor, Thomas Jefferson University; Research Scientist, Moss Rehabilitation Institute
Research interests: Cognitive neuropsychology of perception and action. Studies of the nature and format of neurocognitive mechanisms subserving reaching, spatial attention, object knowledge and complex action, in participants with fronto-parietal syndromes (e,g. Spatial neglect, apraxia).

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Elizabeth Camp, Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Research interests: Non-propositional mental states and their expression, especially aspectual perception and thought (seeing a cloud as an elephant, thinking of Juliet as the sun), metaphor, fiction, and sarcasm.

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Anna-Rose Childress, Research Associate Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry
Research interests: Brain substitutes of addiction and relapse vulnerability, with a particular focus on cue-induced craving for drugs and abuse and natural rewards (sex, food). Recent emphasis has been on frontal inhibitory modulation of the downstream limbic activation of cues, and defects in this modulation, as an important source of addiction/relapse vulnerability.




Diego Contreras, Associate Professor of Neuroscience
Research interests: Representation of information in corticothalamic networks. Epilepsy.

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Robert DeRubeis, Professor, Department of Psychology
Research interests: The role of cognition in emotion, especially in abnormal emotional states; the change processes that occur in cognitive therapy.

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David F. Dinges, Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Director, Unit for Experimental Psychiatry, Chief, Division of Sleep & Chronobiology
Research interests: Neurocognitive effects of sleep deprivation; technologies for neurobehavioral monitoring/enhancement; genetic basis of cognitive vulnerability to sleep loss



David Embick, Associatet Professor, Department of Linguistics
Research interests: Theoretical linguistic, language and the brain, functional neuroimaging of language.

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Diego Fernandez Duque, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Villanova University
Research interests: Attention and executive function in dementia and stroke; metacognition.

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Marcos Frank, Assistant Professor, Department of Neuroscience
Research interests: Systems neuroscience approach to sleep function with special emphasis on synaptic plasticity and neural development studied with electrophysiology and intrinsic signal optical imaging in vivo.




James Gee, Associate Professor, Department of Radiology




Joshua Gold, Associate Professor, Department of Neuroscience
Research interests: How the brain forms decisions about sensory stimuli: What are the underlying neural computations? Where are the circuits that perform these computations? How are these circuits shaped by experience?

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Raquel Gur, Karl and Linda Rickels Professor in Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry
Research interests: Cognition and emotional processing in schizophrenia: age and gender as modulating factors. The application of endophenotypes in genetic studies of schizophrenia; cognition, emotion; structural and functional brain measures.

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Ruben Gur, Professor, Department of Psychology
Research interests: Study of brain and behavior in healthy people and patients with brain disorders, with a special emphasis on exploiting neuroimaging as experimental probes.

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Gary Hatfield, Seybert Professor of Philosophy
Research interests: Philosophy of psychology and philosophy of perception; especially the status of qualia, the structur of explanation in psychology, and the mind-brain relation.

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Jason Karlawish, Associate Professor, Department of Medicine
Research interests: cognitive aging, neurodegenerative dementias, ethics of research and care that involves the cognitively impaired, neuroethics.

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Daniel Kimberg, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology
Research interests: Cognitive process in control. Development of software for functional neuroimaging.

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Daniel Langleben, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry
Research interests: Imaging of cue-induced drug craving. Imaging of deception and related processing. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Neuroethics.

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Mark Liberman, Trustee Professor of Phonetics, Department of Linguistics
Research interests: Phonology and phonetics of lexical tone, and its relationship to intonation; gestural, prosodic, morphological and syntactic ways of marking focus, and their use in discourse; formal models of linguistic annotation; information retrieval and information extraction from text; neurolinguistics.

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Brian Litt, Associate Professor, Department of Neurology
Research Interests: Translational neuroengineering, functional brain mapping, implantable brain devices, brain-computer interface, seizure generation, epilepsy, multi-scale signal recording and analysis from human brain, functional brain stimulation.

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Stephen J. Morse, Ferdinand Wakeman Hubbell Professor of Law
Research interests : Neuroscience in criminal law and mental health law; neuroethics.

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Isabel Muzzio, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
Research Interests: Mechanisms of memory encoding and consolidation in the dorsal and ventral hippocampus: electrophysiological and genetic approaches in freely moving animals.




Nora Newcombe, Professor of Psychology, Temple University
Research interests: Spatial cognition, especially spatial development, the origins of individual differences, and the fostering of spatial competence in education. Memory development – especially episodic and autobiographical memory.

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Ingrid Olson, Assistant Professor, Temple University
Research interests: Visual cognition—visual short-term memory, attention and social perception. Techniques—fMRI, ERPs, behavioral testing

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Marc Schmidt, Associate Professor, Department of Biology
Research interests: Neural bases of vocal production and perception in songbirds. Particularly interested in studying the relationship between behavioral state and auditory processing in forebrain song control centers. Ultimate goal is to understand the computational rules in transforming auditory input signals into motor output during the vocal learning process.

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Susan Schneider, Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy
Research interests: Computational theories of mind, the language of thought-connectionism debate, modularity, consciousness, philosophical issues in artificial intelligence.

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P. Thomas Schoenemann, Consulting Curator, University Museum
Research interests: Evolution of brain and behavior. Associations between brain morphology and behavioral/cognitive ability. Comparative studies of brain morphology across species. Theoretical models of behavioral evolution.

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Myrna Schwartz, Associate Director, Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute
Research interests: Theoretical and applied studies of aphasia and apraxia.

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Robert Seyfarth, Professor, Department of Psychology
Research interests: Social behavior, communication and cognition in non-human primates.

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Marianna Stark, Research Associate and Patient Database Coordinator, Department of Neurology

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John Trueswell, Professor, Department of Psychology
Research interests: How adults and children rapidly interpret language in real-time, as it is being perceived.

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Lyle Ungar, Associate Professor, Department of Computer and Information Science
Research interests: The genetic basis of schizophrenia and related diseases; bioinformatics; why computers are autistic.

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Michael Weisberg, Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy
Research interests: Modeling methodology, synthesis and analysis of neurochemicals, evolutionary theory, philosophy of science.

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