Cognition and Action Laboratory

Director: Laurel Buxbaum, PsyD


We investigate the interface between cognitive representations of objects, tasks, and action planning processes using behavioral testing with healthy and brain-damaged participants, voxel-based lesion analyses (VLSM), Functional Connectivity (in collaboration with Steve Gotts and Alex Martin), Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS; in collaboration with Branch Coslett and Steve Jax), eyetracking (in collaboration with Dan Mirman), Virtual Reality, and fMRI (in collaboration with Sharon Thompson-Schill). This work enables us to understand how conceptual representations may be “grounded”, and the aspects of object representations that may be disrupted after stroke to frontal, temporal, or parietal brain regions. In addition, we study the role of spatial and body representations in the control of attention and action.

Programs of Research
Post-doctoral Fellows
  • Tamer Soliman, PhD
  • Frank Garcea, PhD
  • Marja-Liisa Mailend, PhD
Research Assistants
  • Veronica Kreter
  • Cortney Howard
  • Harrison Stoll
Post-Doctoral Alumni
  • Laura Barde, Research Development Team Manager, University of California San Francisco
  • Tania Giovannetti, Associate Professor of Psychology, Temple University
  • Steve Jax, Institute Scientist, MRRI.
  • Solene Kalenine, CNRS Researcher, Laboratoire URECA, Université Charles-de-Gaulle Lille III, France
  • Chia-lin Lee, Assistant Professor, Linguistics Department at National Taiwan University
  • Richard Palluel-Germain, Psychology and Neurocognition Laboratory, Universite’ Pierre Mendes
  • Antonella Pavese, Senior User Experience Researcher, Google, Inc.
  • Konstantinos Tsagkaridis, Neapolis University
  • Christine Watson, MRRI Research Associate
  • Matthieu De Wit, Assistant Professor, Muhlenberg College