Anjan Chatterjee

Professor of Neurology
Professor, Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Pennsylvania; Professor, Center for Functional Neuroimaging, University of Pennsylvania; Chair of Neurology, Pennsylvania Hospital

BA, Philosophy, Haverford College

MD, University of Pennsylvania

Our major emphasis is on the study of attention, perception, and language. The research is conducted by studying patients with selective deficits following brain damage and using functional neuroimaging in normal subjects. The following are some of the questions being pursued:

  • How is it possible for brain damage to produce disturbances of consciousness restricted to specific sectors of space?
  • What is the relationship between external stimuli and internal mental representations?
  • How is language structured in the brain?
  • Do some concepts have analog (geometric) mental representations in addition to propositional (algebraic) ones?
  • What functional and neural principles underlie visual aesthetics?

Penn Center for Neuroaesthetics website:

Twitter: @Anjan435
Office Location: 
3 West Gates Building
Research Interests: 

Behavioral Neuroscience

Cognitive Neuroscience

Selected Publications: 

Chen E, Widick P, Chatterjee A. Functional-anatomical organization of predicate metaphor processing. Brain & Language. 2008, 107: 194-202

Chatterjee A. The Neural Organization of Spatial Thought and Language. Seminars in Speech and Language. 2008, 29: 226-238

Wu D, Morganti A, Chatterjee A. Neural substrates of processing path and manner information of a moving event.Neuropsychologia. 2008, 46: 704-713

Wu D, Waller S, Chatterjee A. The functional neuroanatomy of thematic role and locative relational knowledge.Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. 2007, 19(9): 1542-1555

Kable J, Chatterjee A. Specificity of action representations in occipitotemporal cortex. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. 2006, 18(9): 1498-1517.

Kable J, Kan IP, Wilson A, Thompson-Schill SL, Chatterjee A.Conceptual representations of action in the lateral temporal cortex. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 2005, 17(12): 1855-1870.

Smith S E, Chatterjee A. Visuospatial Attention in Children. Archives of Neurology, 2008, 65(10):1284-1288.

Snyder J, Chatterjee A. The Frontal Cortex and Exogenous Attentional Orienting. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 2006, 18(11):1913-1923.

Ricci R, Genero R, Colombatti S, Zampieri D, Chatterjee A. Visuomotor links in awareness: evidence from extinction. Neuroreport, 2005, 16(8): 843-847.

Chatterjee A., Thomas, A., Smith, S.E., and Aguirre, G.K. The Neural Response to Facial Attractiveness.Neuropsychology, 2008, (in press).

Chatterjee A. The Neuropsychology of visual art: conferring capacity. International Review of Neurobiology, 2006, 74: 39-49.