Reed Cognitive Neuroscience Lab
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Dr. Catherine Reed
Dept of Psychology
850 Columbia Ave.
Claremont, CA 91711
In this lab study we study embodied attention, cognition, and emotion. We use the tools
of cognitive psychology, neuropsychology, and functional neuroimaging (EEG/ERP) to
investigate the role that the body plays in directing our perception, attention, object
recognition, emotional processing, and financial decision making.
In addition to studying young adults, we also study special populations including autistic,
older, and disabled adults.
Contributions of Configural Processing & Expertise to Body Perception. Because humans are social animals, it is important that we be able to recognize others’ identities, facial expressions, and body postures. It is only recently that psychologists have recognized the contributions of the body and its postures to basic visual processing. We determine the extent to which configural processing mechanisms are used to recognize body postures and how it is influenced by physical and visual expertise.
Contributions of Body Placement & Orientation to Spatial Attention. Important stimuli in our environment demand immediate attention and physical responses. Recently we have shown that one’s own body position influences attention as well as the bodies and actions of others. Hand position can facilitate the detection of targets in visual space. Also, trunk orientation can bias the shifting of attention. We are currently conducting behavioral and EEG studies to determine the neural substrates of embodied attention processes.
Bodily Contributions to the Encoding and Decoding of Emotions.
'What', 'Where', and 'How' Systems in Somatosensory & Multimodal
We investigate the functional organization of object
recognition, spatial localization, and action planning in the
brain. Specifically we want to understand and document dedicated
neural pathways in the somatosensory system for tactile object
recognition and spatial perception. Analogous pathways in the
visual system have been called "what" and "where" pathways. We also
examine how information about objects gleaned from touch and vision is integrated in the brain and whether this information integration
changes with aging. We use functional neuroimaging techniques (fMRI
and MEG) as well as behavioral techniques to study these issues.