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Arthur F. Kramer

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Program Area: Attention & Perception

Director, Beckman Institute, Professor of Psychology

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Specializations

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

Research Description

Arthur Kramer isthe Director of the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science & Technology andthe Swanlund Chair and Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at theUniversity 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 Psychophysics and is currently a member of six editorialboards. Professor Kramer is also a fellow of the American PsychologicalAssociation, American Psychological Society, a former member of the executivecommittee of the International Society of Attention and Performance, and arecipient of a NIH Ten Year MERIT Award. Professor Kramer’s research hasbeen featured in a long list of print, radio and electronic media including theNew York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, CBS Evening News, Today Show, NPR and Saturday Night Live.

Education

  • 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.

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