Cognitive Neuroscience

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Cognitive Neuroscience (Brain & Cognition Divison)

Program Description

The faculty in cognitive neuroscience offer a comprehensive program encompassing both human and animal approaches to questions about functional organization and neural architecture of cognition. Specific areas of faculty interest include memory, attention and performance, aging, language, emotion, and the development and refinement of brain imaging methods. The research of the cognitive neuroscience faculty makes use of a vast array of methods, including functional and structural MRI, psychophysiological recordings (e.g., ERP), eye-tracking, neuropsychological testing, and optical readings (EROS and NIRS) in humans, as well as electrical stimulation (e.g. TMS), and pharmacological and lesion preparations in animals.

Because of the highly collaborative nature of the work of members of this program area and the hands-on methodological training offered, students in the program have exposure to, and are encouraged to gain direct experience with, a number of these methods. This program is strongly research oriented. Each graduate student works directly with a faculty adviser on original research from the onset of his/her graduate career, including the conducting of a first-year project.

Cognitive Neuroscience Faculty

Aron Barbey, Associate Professor

Aron Barbey

Cognitive neuroscience of human thought, reasoning, and decision making; executive dysfunction in cognitive aging and traumatic brain injury; effects of multi-modal intervention (based on cognitive training, non-invasive brain stimulation, physical fitness training, and nutritional intervention) on executive function and brain health.

Office: Room 529 | (217) 244-2551 |

Diane M. Beck, Associate Professor


Cognitive and neural mechanisms of visual attention, awareness, and perception.

Office: Room 531 | (217) 244-1118 |

Neal J. Cohen, Professor and Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Initiative Director


Interdisciplinary, cognitive neuroscience study of human learning and memory, with a focus on identifying and characterizing the brain's multiple memory systems, particularly the hippocampal system, through the study of amnesia.

Office: Room Beckman 2165 | (217) 244-4339 |

Florin Dolcos, Assistant Professor

Florin Dolcos

Neural correlates of affective-cognitive interactions in healthy and clinical populations. We use brain imaging methods (fMRI, ERP) in conjunction with behavioral (cognitive and neuropsychological tasks, personality questionnaires) and other psychophysiological measurements (skin conductance).

Office: Room Beckman 2057 | (217) 244-4120 |

Monica Fabiani, Professor


Memory; cognition and aging; neuroimaging; optical imaging; cognitive neuroscience.

Office: Room 517 | (217) 244-1117 |

Kara D. Federmeier, Professor


Neurobiological basis of meaning, including how world knowledge derived from multiple modalities is organized in the brain, how it is used during language comprehension, and how it is accessed and used by the two cerebral hemispheres.

Office: Room 831 | (217) 333-8303 |

Gabriele Gratton, Professor


Gabriele Gratton's interests are in cognitive neuroscience and attention and performance.

Office: Room 519 | (217) 244-1019 |

Sepideh Sadaghiani, Assistant Professor

Sepideh Sadaghiani

Top-down modulation & cognitive control and the large-scale neurocognitive networks underlying these functions; how intrinsic brain states (spontaneous brain activity) influence processing and perception of external stimuli; how genetic variability impacts network activity and cognition.

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Associated Faculty

Susan M. Garnsey, Associate Professor Emeritus


Language processing; resolution of syntactic and lexical ambiguity and context effects on that resolution; the effect of prosody on disambiguation; on-line techniques for measuring language comprehension; word recognition; and language/brain relationships.

Office: Room 810 | (217) 244-1120 |



Facilities Information

All-Gender ADA Accessible Restroom

The Psychology Department is very pleased to announce that an all-gender, ADA accessible, family-friendly restroom has been built on the first floor next to the elevators. The department partnered with F&S to construct this new restroom, which is now available to use. Please note that there is an indicator on the door showing whether the restroom is available or in use. Be sure to lock the door while using the restroom, and unlock the door before leaving.