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
The cognitive and social foundations of rationality & language; general principles of cognition; philosophical, economic & policy implications of cognitive science.
Sign language as a model to understand human language generally: neuroimaging studies of commonalities in processing spoken & signed languages; the influence of modality of communication on language structure; sociolinguistics of Deaf communities.
The development of information-processing and connectionist models of cognitive processes, particularly of executive functions, memory, knowledge, reading and writing and their application to understanding the cognitive consequences of brain damage
Children's cognitive development, particularly the development of language and literacy; cross-language studies of reading and dyslexia; reading development in deaf children and language-impaired children; educational neuroscience of reading and dyslexia