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Arthur F. Kramer

Division: Visual Cognition & Human Performance

Professor of Psychology

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  • Cognitive & Brain Plasticity, Aging, Cognitive Neurosience, Human Factors

Research Description

Arthur Kramer is
the Director of the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science & Technology and
the Swanlund Chair and Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at the
University of Illinois.   He received his
Ph.D. in Cognitive/Experimental Psychology from the University of Illinois in
1984. He holds appointments in the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience
program, and the Beckman Institute. Professor Kramer’s research projects
include topics in Cognitive Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, Aging, and Human
Factors.  A major focus of his labs
recent research is the understanding and enhancement of cognitive and neural
plasticity across the lifespan.  He is a
former Associate Editor of Perception and
and is currently a member of six editorial
boards. Professor Kramer is also a fellow of the American Psychological
Association, American Psychological Society, a former member of the executive
committee of the International Society of Attention and Performance, and a
recent recipient of a NIH Ten Year MERIT Award. Professor Kramer’s research has
been featured in a long list of print, radio and electronic media including the
New York Times, Wall Street Journal,
Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, CBS Evening News, Today Show, NPR
and Saturday Night Live.


  • Ph.D. University of Illinois

Recent Publications

Belopolsky, A.V., Zwaan, L., Theeuwes, J. & Kramer, A.F. (2007). The size of the attentional window modulates attentional capture by color singletons. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 934-938.

Boot, W.R., Becic, E. & Kramer, A.F. (2007). Temporal limitations in multiple target detection in a dynamic monitoring task. Human Factors, 49(5), 897-906.

Erickson, K.I., Colcombe, S.J., Wadhwa, R., Bherer, L., Peterson, M.S., Scalf, P.E., Kim, J.S., Alvarado, M. & Kramer, A.F. (2007). Training induced functional activation changes in dual-task processing: An fMRI study. Cerebral Cortex, 17, 192-204.

Erickson, K.I., Colcombe, S.J., Wadhwa, R., Bherer, L., Peterson, M.S., Scalf, P.E., Kim, J.S., Alvarado, M. & Kramer, A.F. (2007). Training-induced plasticity in older adults: Effects of training on hemispheric asymmetry. Neurobiology of Aging, 28, 272-283.

Kramer, A.F. & Erickson, K.I. (2007). Capitalizing on cortical plasticity: influence of physical activity on cognition and brain function. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 11(8), 342-348.