About this Fellow
For more than fifty years Michael Posner has studied how mental operations, particularly those related to attention, are carried out by neural networks. He has used cognitive, imaging and genetic methods. He continues these studies as Prof. Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Oregon and Adjunct Prof. at Weill Medical College. His current work examine the mechanisms of changes in white matter resulting from various forms of training. A mouse model together with optogenetic methods is used to examine the general changes with learning and the reason for individual differences in changed connectivity. We are currently testing if individual differences in methylation efficiency can account for the differences in the degree of change in white matter that occur with learning and development.
- Professor of Psychology Emeritus, University of Oregon; Adjunct Professor, Weill Medical College, New York
Psychological and neural mechanisms of attention, awareness, working memory and cognitive control; Load theory: the effects of information-processing load on attention, perception, and cognition; emotion effects on attention and perception
Learning and language processing with a special emphasis on bilinguals. Research extends from infants to adults with methodologies that are based on behavioural, physiological and brain imaging responses
The intergenerational transmission of psychopathology; child cognitive and socio-emotional development in the developing world; the development evaluation and dissemination of parenting interventions
Neurobiology of the human voice, including perception, production, as well as emotional expressions such as laughter