We study the biological bases of human cognitive systems – perception, memory, language, thought, cognitive control – and the interrelations among these systems, with a particular emphasis on the characterization of typical and atypical variation across individuals.
Recent projects emphasize (1) functions of the frontal lobe in the regulation of thought and behavior, especially in relation to language and memory processes; and (2) the organization and neural substrates of concept knowledge (especially knowledge of visual attributes) and the relation between conceptual information and perception and language.
We answer these questions by developing and implementing a wide array of behavioral and neuroscientific methods with both typical and atypical populations, including functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), lesion-deficit mapping of neurological patients, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), genotypic analysis of typical variation, on-line eye-tracking, & so on.
PSYC 149 Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience
PSYC 200 Undergraduate Honors Seminar
PSYC 630 Cognitive Neuroscience of Memeory
Psychology Graduate Group; Neuroscience Graduate Group
Thompson-Schill, S. L., D'Esposito, M., Aguirre, G. K., & Farah, M. J. (1997). Role of left prefrontal cortex in retrieval of semantic knowledge: A re-evaluation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, 94, 14792-14797. PMID: 9405692
Thompson-Schill, S. L., Swick, D., Farah, M. J., D'Esposito, M., Kan, I. P., & Knight, R. T. (1998). Verb generation in patients with focal frontal lesions: A neuropsychological test of neuroimaging findings. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, 95, 15855-15860. PMID: 986106019.
Baron, S., G., Thompson-Schill, S. L., Weber, M., & Osherson, D. (2010). An early stage of conceptual combination: Superimposition of constituent concepts in left anterolateral temporal lobe. Cognitive Neuroscience, 1, 44-51.
Weber, M. J. & Thompson-Schill, S. L. (2010). Functional neuroimaging can underwrite causal claims about brain function. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 22, 2415-2416. PMID: 20201629
Coutanche, M., Thompson-Schill, S. L., & Schultz, R. T. (2011). Multi-voxel pattern analysis of fMRI data predicts clinical symptom severity. Neuroimage, 57, 113-123.
Yee, E., Huffstetler, S., & Thompson-Schill, S. L., (2011). Function follows form: Activation of shape and function features during object identification. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 140, 348-363. PMID: 21417543
Lupyan, G. & Thompson-Schill, S. L. (2012). The evocative power of words: Activation of concepts by verbal and nonverbal means. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 141, 170-186. PMID: 21928923
Yee, E., Ahmed, S., & Thompson-Schill, S. L. (in press). Colorless green ideas (can) prime furiously. Psychological Science. PMID: 22374271
Coutanche, M. & Thompson-Schill, S. L. (in press). Reversal without remapping: What we can (and cannot) conclude about learned associations from training—induced behavior changes. Perspectives in Psychological Science.
Hindy, N., Altmann, G., Kalenik, E., & Thompson-Schill, S. L. (in press). The effect of object state-changes on event processing: Do objects compete with themselves? Journal of Neuroscience.