We explore beauty, language, cognition, and the brain using converging evidence from behavioral, neuroimaging, and lesion studies. We investigate a wide range of cognitive processes, including those underlying aesthetic experiences, the use of figurative and spatial language, and event representation. We're also interested in ethical questions raised by neuroscientific progress.
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Professor of Neurology, Psychology, and Architecture
Anjan Chatterjee is the Frank A. and Gwladys H. Elliott Professor and Chair of Neurology at Pennsylvania Hospital and the founding director of the Penn Center for Neuroaesthetics. He is a member of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, and the Center for Neuroscience and Society at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his BA in Philosophy from Haverford College, MD from the University of Pennsylvania and completed his neurology residency at the University of Chicago.
His clinical practice focuses on patients with cognitive disorders. His research addresses questions about spatial cognition and language, attention, neuroethics, and neuroaesthetics. He wrote The Aesthetic Brain: How we evolved to desire beauty and enjoy art and co-edited: Neuroethics in Practice: Mind, medicine, and society, and The Roots of Cognitive Neuroscience: behavioral neurology and neuropsychology.
He is or has been on the editorial boards of: American Journal of Bioethics: Neuroscience, Behavioural Neurology, Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology, Neuropsychology, Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, European Neurology, Empirical Studies of the Arts, The Open Ethics Journal and Policy Studies in Ethics, Law and Technology. He was awarded the Norman Geschwind Prize in Behavioral and Cognitive Neurology by the American Academy of Neurology and the Rudolph Arnheim Prize for contributions to Psychology and the Arts by the American Psychological Association. He is a founding member of the Board of Governors of the Neuroethics Society, the past President of the International Association of Empirical Aesthetics, and the past President of the Behavioral and Cognitive Neurology Society. He has served on the boards of the Norris Square Neighborhood Project and the Associated services for the Blind and Visually Impaired. He currently serves on the Boards of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia and Haverford College.
Anjan Chatterjee is author of the book, The Aesthetic Brain.
I received a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, where I studied Fine Arts and Visual Studies with a concentration in the “Science and Philosophy of Seeing.” I am interested in how visual perception can affect our comprehension of the world and of art. Besides acting as Lab Manager for ChatLab, I’m currently researching how we perceive human bodies. In my free time, I continue to build my artistic practice and freelance.
My research roots can be traced back to personality: How are people different? And what sorts of outcomes extend from these differences? Specifically, I am interested in what makes people more (or less) open to various experiences. My Ph.D. work at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro sought to clarify the types of experiences people are open to, the cognitive and neurological differences of “open” people, and the behavioral consequences of being “open” (e.g., creative, curious, humorous). At Penn, I look forward to exploring how people differ in their cognitive and affective responses to aesthetics, and how these differences affect their subsequent aesthetic experiences.
I am interested in ethical decision making and finding out what factors influence our understanding of ethical questions. I completed an M.A. in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics of Health at University College London, where I studied the ethics of research on large groups as well as the ethics of conscientious objection in medicine. I then completed my M.D. at University of Michigan. I am now a neurology resident at Penn.
Franziska received her PhD degree in cognitive neuroscience from the Max-Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics and the Radboud University (Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition, and Behaviour) in the Netherlands. Her research projects centered around the question of how context shapes meaning and experience and its underlying neural mechanisms. She is working on various aspects of story comprehension, event processing, aesthetic and affective responses to literary texts and as of recent human faces which includes exploratory work on person perception and stigma.
I am interested in when and how sensorimotor representations shape language, conceptual processing, reasoning, and aesthetic judgment. To do this work, I use a variety of methods, including functional neuroimaging, studies of neurological patients (Parkinson’s disease patients, and stroke patients with focal lesions), and cognitive and behavioural testing. During my Ph.D. at the University of Manchester, UK, I explored how impaired action representations affect the way patients with Parkinson’s disease gesture about action concepts in conversation. At Penn, I am examining how neurodegenerative patients comprehend literal and metaphorical language, how stroke patients understand analogies, and how patients and young adults view different types of abstract artwork.
I have a Ph.D. (2015) in neuroscience from Bar-Ilan University, Israel. Currently I am a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, working at the labs of Dr. Sharon Thompson-Schill and Dr. Anjan Chatterjee. My research computationally and empirically investigates the structure of semantic memory (our memory of knowledge and facts) and how it constrains cognitive processes operating over it, in typical and clinical populations. I then apply neurocognitive empirical methods to study these quantitative findings. Here at Penn, I am gaining experience in neuroimaging research, applying network neuroscience methods to study creativity. In parallel, I am exploring further cognitive domains, such as conceptual combinations and aesthetic perception. A few of my current projects address topics on the conceptual representation of beauty and well-being, aesthetic emotions, dynamics of semantic memory, and the neural dynamics of generating and evaluating creative ideas.
I am interested in the neuroscience of memory and language broadly. At Penn, I study semantic memory and figurative language. Examining neurological patients allows me to establish the necessity of brain regions in their support of cognition. My work identifying experimental measures sensitive to the earliest cognitive changes in neurodegenerative disease aims to impact early diagnoses and the evaluation of potential treatments. I earned my Ph.D. at the University of Iowa where I studied semantic richness in patients with bilateral hippocampal damage and profound amnesia. Outside of lab, I like spending time with my wife Dana, our daughter Izzy, and our dog Boogie.
I received my PhD in psychology from Georgetown University in 2020. I am broadly interested in human learning, and how implicit processes shape our more explicit knowledge and beliefs, including belief in God. I also have ongoing research examining creativity. My work involves a variety of behavioral and neural methods, with a particular focus on neural representations and brain network organization. Outside of the lab, I enjoy listening to music, making cocktails, and playing online chess.
When we judge people for their moral or prosocial behaviors, do our perceptions of their beauty influence our evaluations? I am interested in understanding how morality and beauty interact to modulate decision-making. Prior to joining the ChatLab, I was a postdoctoral scholar in the Social Cognitive Neuroscience Lab at the University of Chicago under the supervision of Jean Decety. Our work investigates the psycholigical and neural mechansisms underpinning political polarization and support for ideologically-motivated violence. I received my Ph.D. from the University of Manchester in England in 2016 where I investigated relations between moral cognition and emotions and the physiopathology of major depression. Before starting my PhD, I worked at Johns Hopkins University on neuroimaging studies of psychiatric disorders, and also completed a B.S. in Psychology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where I worked on studies of clinical, cognitive, and social functioning.
After studying neurobiology at UC Berkeley, I worked as a product manager developing health & fitness apps in Palo Alto. I am now a fourth year medical student at Perelman School of Medicine and am interested in the intersection of technology and medicine. In the ChatLab, I am researching how implicit biases are shaped by our perception of facial features. Beyond the lab and clinic, I develop mobile apps, teach culinary medicine, and get outside as much as possible to hike, camp, ski, and play frisbee.
I am interested in the role of experience in forming individual face preferences. In ChatLab, my project focuses on how viewer age and subject age interact to affect the perception of facial attractiveness. I am a second-year doctoral student at the School of Psychology, South China Normal University. I received my master’s degree from SCNU in 2018 where I investigated the relation between obesity and cognitive control, and how it can be modulated by aesthetics of food. Beyond research, I enjoy reading, jogging, and traveling.
I am a first year medical student at Drexel University College of Medicine. I received my Bachelor’s in biomedical engineering but have always had an interest in neuroscience leading me to work at Avid Radiopharmaceuticals during my undergrad where I spent time learning about the brain and Alzheimer’s detection through the use of PET scans. My interest in ChatLab arose from wanting the answers to how we judge people and my current research is looking into how people perceive facial expressions, using functional near-infrared spectrometry. Outside of school and research, I love biking, gardening, cooking, and listening to podcasts.
I am a Senior at Haverford college, pursuing a B.A in Psychology along with a minor in Neuroscience. My past experiences stem from an interest in medicine and healthcare. Previously, at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, I worked as a research assistant in the Neurosciences Critical Care Unit, where I explored the challenges of extubating patients with acute neurological injury who are often intubated for airway protection. My curiosity in how clinical neuroscience interfaces cognitive science has informed my work here at ChatLab, where I am studying the relationship between neuroaesthetics and cognitive enhancement as part of my Senior Thesis. More specifically, I am interested in how incidental social information can impact our moral attitudes about cognitive enhancement. After completing my undergraduate degree, I will be attending Sidney Kimmel Medical School at Jefferson University, where I will also be exploring my research interests in health policy as part of the curriculum’s population health critical inquiry track.
As an undergrad at Penn, I’m studying architecture and computer science to bridge art and technology toward creating cutting-edge architecture that serves humanity. I’m fascinated by ways that machine learning can potentially capture aesthetic styles and preferences, or even generate new art, and what that means for humanity. Outside ChatLab, I develop computer vision for soccer-playing robots (UPennalizers), design the webpage for a magazine on art and tech (t-art), and various other odd jobs around campus. Just for fun, I love swing dancing, sketching, watching great movies, and reading anything and everything I can find!
Yuchao Wang is pursuing his B.A. in cognitive science at Haverford College. He currently conducts thesis research in ChatLab on how the brain responds to literariness in stories. Before this exciting journey in neuroaesthetics, he has researched on the biophysics of peacock feathers as perceived through avian and mammalian vision, which has evolutionary implications. In his free time, he enjoys Bach on Youtube and puppies on Instagram.
Zack Zapatero is a 4th year medical student at The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. During his time at Penn, his passion for academic plastic surgery has flourished and has led him to take a year off of medical school to be a plastic surgery clinical research fellow at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. In an exciting collaboration between the ChatLab and CHOP plastic surgery, Zack is exploring how eye-tracking can be used to identify hot spot regions of the face to guide craniofacial surgeries to maximize patient aesthetic outcomes.
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Undergraduate & high school students
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ChatLab research & publications
Neuroaesthetics refers to the role of the brain in evaluating visual stimuli and their aesthetic appeal. Our research ranges from aesthetic choices of brain-injured individuals to aesthetic preferences in everyday life (in architecture, art, and facial beauty).
Humphries, S., Rick, J., Weintraub, D., & Chatterjee, A. (2021). Movement in aesthetic experiences: What we can learn from Parkinson's disease. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1162/jocn_a_01718
Workman, C. I., Humphries, S., Hartung, F., Aguirre, G. K., Kable, J. W., & Chatterjee, A. (2021). Morality is in the eye of the beholder: The neurocognitive basis of the "anomalous‐is‐bad" stereotype. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/nyas.14575
Zhao, X., Wang, J., Li, J., Luo, G., Li, T., Chatterjee, A., Zhang, W., & He, X. (2020). The neural mechanism of aesthetic judgments of dynamic landscapes: An fMRI study. Scientific Reports, 10, 20774. doi: 10.1038/s41598-020-77658-y
Coburn, A., Vartanian, O., Kenett, Y. N., Nadal, M., Hartung, F., Hayn-Leichsenring, G., Navarrete, G., Gonzalez-Mora, J. L., & Chatterjee, A. (2020). Psychological and neural responses to architectural interiors. Cortex, 126, 217–241. doi: 10.1016/j.cortex.2020.01.009
Hayn-Leichsenring, G. U., Kenett, Y. N., Schulz, K., & Chatterjee, A. (2020). Abstract art paintings, global image properties, and verbal descriptions: An empirical and computational investigation. Acta Psychologica, 202, 102936. doi: 10.1016/j.actpsy.2019.102936
Faust, N. T., Chatterjee, A., & Christopoulos, G. I. (2019). Beauty in the eyes and the hand of the beholder: Eye and hand movements' differential responses to facial attractiveness. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 85, 103884. doi: 10.1016/j.jesp.2019.103884
Hartung, F., Jamrozik, A., Rosen, M. E., Aguirre, G., Sarwer, D. B., & Chatterjee, A. (2019). Behavioural and neural responses to facial disfigurement. Scientific Reports, 9, 8021. doi: 10.1038/s41598-019-44408-8
Jamrozik, A., Oraa Ali, M., Sarwer, D. B., & Chatterjee, A. (2019). More than skin deep: Judgments of individuals with facial disfigurement. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, 13(1), 117–129. doi: 10.1037/aca0000147
Vartanian, O., Navarrete, G., Chatterjee, A., Fich, L. B., Leder, H., Modroño, C., Rostrup, N., Skov, M., Corradi, G., & Nadal, M. (2019). Preference for curvilinear contour in interior architectural spaces: Evidence from experts and nonexperts. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, 13(1), 110–116. doi: 10.1037/aca0000150
Hayn-Leichsenring, G. U., & Chatterjee, A. (2019). Colliding terminological systems—Immanuel Kant and contemporary empirical aesthetics. Empirical Studies of the Arts, 37(2), 197–219. doi: 10.1177/0276237418818635
Belfi, A. M., Vessel, E. A., Brielmann, A., Isik, A. I., Chatterjee, A., Leder, H., Pelli, D. G., & Starr, G. G. (2019). Dynamics of aesthetic experience are reflected in the default-mode network. NeuroImage, 188, 584–597. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2018.12.017
Faust, N. T., Chatterjee, A., & Christopoulos, G. I. (2018). The eﬀect of unrelated social exchanges on facial attractiveness judgments. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 79, 290–300. doi: 10.1016/j.jesp.2018.08.010
Chatterjee, A. (2018). Beauty matters in ways we know and in ways we don’t. In D. J. Linden (Ed.), Think tank: Forty neuroscientists explore the bilogical roots of human experience (pp. 238–244). New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.
Meghani, S. H., Peterson, C., Kaiser, D. H., Rhodes, J., Rao, H., Chittams, J., & Chatterjee, A. (2018). A pilot study of a mindfullness-based art therapy intervention in outpatients with cancer. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 35(9), 1195–1200. doi: 10.1177/1049909118760304
Chatterjee, A. (2017). Orange is the new aesthetic [Commentary on the journal article The Distancing-Embracing model of the enjoyment of negative emotions in art reception, by W. Menninghaus, V. Wagner, J. Hanich, E. Wassiliwizky, T. Jacobsen, & S. Koelsch]. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 40(355), 1–2. doi: 10.1017/S0140525X17001637
Coburn, A., Vartanian, O., & Chatterjee, A. (2017). Buildings, beauty, and the brain: A neuroscience of architectual experience. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 29(9), 1521–1531. doi: 10.1162/jocn_a_01146
Chatterjee, A. (2017). A cognitive aesthetics of literature and the arts [Review of the book Beauty and sublimity, by P. C. Hogan]. Cognitive Semiotics, 10(1), 41–47. doi: 10.1515/cogsem-2017-0003
Pearce, M. T., Zaidel, D. W., Vartanian, O., Skov, M., Leder, H., Chatterjee, A., & Nadal, M. (2015). Neuroaesthetics: The cognitive neuroscience of aesthetic experience. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 11(2), 265–279. doi: 10.1177/1745691615621274
Pegors, T. K., Kable, J. W., Chatterjee, A., & Epstein, R. A. (2015). Common and unique representations in pFC for face and place attractiveness. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 27(5), 959–973. doi: 10.1162/jocn_a_00777
Vartanian, O., Navarrete, G., Chatterjee, A., Fich, L. B., Gonzalez-Mora, J. L., Leder, H., Modroño, C., Nadal, M., Rostrup, N., & Skov, M. (2015). Architectural design and the brain: Effects of ceiling height and perceived enclosure on beauty judgments and approach-avoidance decisions. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 41, 10–18. doi: 10.1016/j.jenvp.2014.11.006
Graham, D., Schwarz, B., Chatterjee, A., Kircher, T., & Straube, B. (2014). Preference for luminance histogram regularities in natural scenes. Vision Research, 120, 11–21. doi: 10.1016/j.visres.2015.03.018
Chancellor, B., Duncan, A., & Chatterjee, A. (2014). Art therapy for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, 34, 1–11. doi: 10.3233/JAD-131295
Göksun, T., Kranjec, A., Chatterjee, A. (2014). The development of visual art preferences. In A. Kozbelt (Ed.), Proceedings of the twenty-third biennial congress of the International Association of Empirical Aesthetics (pp. 223–225). New York, NY: International Association of Empirical Aesthetics.
Vartanian, O., Navarrete, G., Chatterjee, A., Fich, L. B., Leder, H., Modroño, C., Nadal, M., Rostrup, N., & Skov, M. (2013). Impact of contour on aesthetic judgments and approach-avoidance decisions in architecture. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 110(2), 1–8. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1301227110
van Buren, B., Bromberger, B., Potts, D., Miller, B., & Chatterjee A. (2013). Changes in painting styles of two artists with Alzheimer’s disease. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, 7(1), 89–94. doi: 10.1037/a0029332
Chatterjee A. (2012). Neuroaesthetics: Growing pains of a new discipline. In A. P. Shimamura & S. E. Palmer (Eds.), Aesthetic science: Connecting minds, brains, and experience (pp. 219–317). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
Chatterjee A. (2011). Where there be dragons: Finding the edges of neuroaesthetics. Aesthetics, 31(2), 4–6.
Chatterjee, A., Bromberger, B., Smith, W., Sternschein, R., & Widick, P. (2011). Artistic production following brain damage: A study of three artists. Leonardo, 44(5), 405–410. doi: 10.1162/LEON_a_00240
Chatterjee, A., Widick, P., Sternschein, R., Smith, W. B., & Bromberger, B. (2010). The assessment of art attributes. Empirical Studies of the Arts, 28(2), 207–222. doi: 10.2190/EM.28.2.f
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Chatterjee, A., Thomas, A., Smith, S. E., & Aguirre, G. K. (2008). The neural response to facial attractiveness. Neuropsychology, 23(2), 135–143. doi: 10.1037/a0014430
Chatterjee, A., Hamilton, R. H., & Amorapanth, P. X. (2006). Art produced by a patient with Parkinson’s disease. Behavioural Neurology, 17(2), 105–108. doi: 10.1155/2006/901832
Wilson A., & Chatterjee A. (2005). The assessment of preference for balance: Introducing a new test. Empirical Studies of the Arts, 23(2), 165–180. doi: 10.2190/B1LR-MVF3-F36X-XR64
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Language & space
The lab’s research on language and space is concerned with a variety of concepts. Our primary interests lie in spatial and gestural representations in language, as well as in the processing of metaphoric and figurative language in patients and controls.
Weisberg, S. M., & Chatterjee, A. (2020). Reference frames in spatial communication for navigation and sports: An empirical study in ultimate frisbee players. Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications, 5, 53. doi: 10.1186/s41235-020-00254-1
Klooster, N., McQuire, M., Grossman, M., McMillan, C., Chatterjee, A., & Cardillo, E. R. (2020). The neural basis of metaphor comprehension: Evidence from left hemisphere degeneration. Neurobiology of Language, 1(4), 474–491. doi: 10.1162/nol_a_00022
Hartung, F. Kenett, Y. N., Cardillo, E. R., Humphries, S., Klooster, N., & Chatterjee, A. (2020). Context matters: Novel metaphors in supportive and non-supportive contexts. NeuroImage, 212, 116645. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2020.116645
Humphries, S., Klooster, N., Cardillo, E. R., Weintraub, D., Rick, J., & Chatterjee, A. (2019). From action to abstraction: The sensorimotor grounding of metaphor in Parkinson’s disease. Cortex, 121, 362–384. doi: 10.1016/j.cortex.2019.09.005
Özer, D., Göksun, T., & Chatterjee, A. (2019). Differential roles of gestures on spatial language in neurotypical elderly adults and individuals with focal brain injury. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 36(5–6), 282–299. doi: 10.1080/02643294.2019.1618255
Weisberg, S. M., Newcomb, N., & Chatterjee, A. (2019). Everyday taxi drivers: Do better navigators have larger hippocampi? Cortex, 115, 280–293. doi: 10.1016/j.cortex.2018.12.024
Kranjec, A., Lehet, M., Woods, A. J., & Chatterjee, A. (2019). Time is not more abstract than space in sound. Frontiers in Psychology, 10, 48. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.00048
Cardillo, E. R., McQuire, M., & Chatterjee, A. (2018). Selective metaphor impairments after left, not right, hemisphere injury. Frontiers in Psychology, 9, 2308. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.02308
Akbıyıka, S., Karaduman, A., Göksun, T., & Chatterjee, A. (2018). The relationship between co-speech gesture production and macrolinguistic discourse abilities in people with focal brain injury. Neuropsychologia, 117, 440–453. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2018.06.025
Weisberg, S. M., Marchette, S. A., & Chatterjee, A. (2018). Behavioral and neural representations of spatial directions across words, schemas, and images. Journal of Neuroscience, 38(21), 4996–5007. doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.3250-17.2018
Weisberg, S. M., Badgio, D., & Chatterjee, A. (2018). Feel the way with a vibrotactile compass: Does a navigational aid aid navigation? Journal of Experimental Psychology, 44(5), 667–679. doi: 10.1037/xlm0000472
Özer, D., Tansan, M., Özer, E. E., Malykhina, K., Chatterjee, A., & Göksun, T. (2017). The effects of gesture restriction on spatial language in young and elderly adults. In G. Gunzelmann, A. Howes, T. Tenbrink, & E. Davelaar (Eds.), Proceedings of the 39th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 1471–1476). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.
Cardillo, E. R., Watson, C., & Chatterjee, A. (2017). Stimulus needs are a moving target: 240 additional matched literal and metaphorical sentences for testing neural hypotheses about metaphor. Behavior Research Methods, 49(2), 471–483. doi: 10.3758/s13428-016-0717-1
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Karaduman, A., Göksun, T., & Chatterjee, A. (2017). Narratives of focal brain injured individuals: A macro-level analysis. Neuropsychologia, 99, 314–325. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2017.03.027
McQuire, M., McCollum, L., & Chatterjee, A. (2016). Aptness and beauty in metaphor. Language and Cognition, 9(2), 316–331. doi: 10.1017/langcog.2016.13
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Jamrozik, A., McQuire, M., Cardillo, E. R., & Chatterjee, A. (2016). Metaphor: Bridging embodiment to abstraction. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 23(4), 1080–1089. doi: 10.3758/s13423-015-0861-0
Nozari, N., Göksun T., Thompson-Schill, S. L., & Chatterjee, A. (2015). Phonological similarity affects production of gestures, even in the absence of overt speech. Frontiers in Psychology, 6, 1347. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01347
Göksun T., Lehet M., Malykhina K., & Chatterjee A. (2015). Spontaneous gesture and spatial language: Evidence from focal brain injury. Brain and Language, 150, 1–13. doi: 10.1016/j.bandl.2015.07.012
Ianni, G. R., Cardillo, E. R., McQuire, M., & Chatterjee, A. (2014). Flying under the radar: Figurative language impairments in focal lesion patients. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8, 871. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2014.00871
Kranjec, A., Lehet, M., & Chatterjee, A. (2014). Pitch affects estimates of space but not vice versa. In P. Bello, M. Guarini, M. McShane, & B. Scassellati (Eds.), Program of the 36th annual meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 779–784). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.
Göksun T., Lehet M., Malykhina K., & Chatterjee A. (2013). Naming and gesturing spatial relations: Evidence from focal brain-injured individuals. Neuropsychologia, 51, 1518–1527. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2013.05.006
Amorapanth, P., Kranjec, A., Bromberger, B., Lehet, M., Widick, P., Woods, A. J., Kimberg, D. Y., & Chatterjee, A. (2012). Language, perception, and the schematic representation of spatial relations. Brain and Language, 120, 226–236. doi: 10.1016/j.bandl.2011.09.007
Schmidt, G. L., Cardillo, E. R., Kranjec, A., Lehet, M., Widick, P., & Chatterjee, A. (2012). Not all analogies are created equal: Associative and categorical analogy processing following brain damage. Neuropsychologia, 50, 1372–1379. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2012.02.022
Cardillo, E. R., Watson, C. E., Schmidt, G. L., Kranjec, A., & Chatterjee, A. (2012). From novel to familiar: Tuning the brain for metaphors. NeuroImage, 59(4), 3212–3221. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2011.11.079
Wencil, E. B., Aguirre, G. K., Coslett, H. B., & Chatterjee, A. (2010). Carving the clock at its component joints: Neural basis for interval timing. Journal of Neurophysiology, 104(1), 160–168. doi: 10.1152/jn.00029.2009
Wencil, E. B., Radoeva, P., & Chatterjee, A. (2010). Size isn’t all that matters: Noticing differences in size and temporal order. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 4, 171. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2010.00171
Cardillo, E. R., Schmidt, G., Kranjec, A., & Chatterjee, A. (2010). Stimulus design is an obstacle course: 560 matched literal and metaphorical sentences for testing neural hypotheses about metaphor. Behavior Research Methods, 42(3), 651–664. doi: 10.3758/BRM.42.3.651
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Kranjec, A., Lehet, M., Bromberger, B., & Chatterjee, A. (2010). A sinister bias for calling fouls in soccer. PLOS ONE, 5(7), 1–4. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0011667
Kranjec, A., Cardillo, E. R., Schmidt, G., & Chatterjee, A. (2010). Prescribed spatial prepositions influence how we think about time. Cognition, 114, 111–116. doi: 10.1016/j.cognition.2009.09.008
Amorapanth, P., Widick, P., & Chatterjee, A. (2009). The neural basis for spatial relations. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 22(8), 1739–1753. doi: 10.1162/jocn.2009.21322
Schmidt, G., Kranjec, A., Cardillo, E. R., & Chatterjee, A. (2009). Beyond laterality: A critical assessment of research on the neural basis of metaphor. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 16(1), 1–5. doi: 10.1017/S1355617709990543
Wu, D., Waller, S., & Chatterjee, A. (2007). The functional neuroanatomy of thematic role and locative relational knowledge. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 19(9), 1542–1555. doi: 10.1162/jocn.2007.19.9.1542
Gottfried, J. A., Sancar, F., & Chatterjee, A. (2003). Acquired mirror writing and reading: Evidence for reflected graphemic representations. Neuropsychologia, 41, 96–107. doi: 10.1016/S0028-3932(02)00130-6
Our examination of event representation focuses on how humans visualize and process moving events and infer causality within these events, as well as focusing on the neural bases of processing action-based information in general.
Quandt, L. C., Lee, Y.-S., & Chatterjee, A. (2017). Neural bases of action abstraction. Biological Psychology, 129, 314–323. doi: 10.1016/j.biopsycho.2017.09.015
Quandt, L. C., Cardillo, E. R., Kranjec, A., & Chatterjee, A. (2015). Fronto-temporal regions encode the manner of motion in spatial language. Neuroscience Letters, 609, 171–175. doi: 10.1016/j.neulet.2015.10.041
Woods, A. J., Kranjec, A., Lehet, M., & Chatterjee, A. (2015). Expertise and decision-making in American football. Frontiers in Psychology, 6, 994. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00994
Piedimonte, A., Woods, A. J., & Chatterjee, A. (2015). Disambiguating ambiguous motion perception: What are the cues? Frontiers in Psychology, 6, 902. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00902
Watson, C. E., Cardillo, E. R., Bromberger, B., & Chatterjee, A. (2014). The specificity of action knowledge in sensory and motor systems. Frontiers in Psychology, 5, 494. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00494
Watson, C. E., Cardillo, E. R., Ianni, G. R., & Chatterjee, A. (2013). Action concepts in the brain: An activation likelihood estimation meta-analysis. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 25, 1191–1205. doi: 10.1162/jocn_a_00401
Wu, D., Morganti, A., & Chatterjee, A. (2008). Neural substrates of processing path and manner information of a moving event. Neuropsychologia, 46, 704–713. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2007.09.016
Kable, J., Kan, I. P., Wilson, A., Thompson-Schill, S. L., & Chatterjee, A. (2005). Conceptual representations of action in the lateral temporal cortex. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 17(12), 1855–1870. doi: 10.1162/089892905775008625
Kable, J., Lease-Spellmeyer, J., & Chatterjee, A. (2002). The neural substrate of action event knowledge. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 14(5), 785–794. doi: 10.1162/08989290260138681
Chatterjee, A., Southwood, M. H., & Basilico, D. (1999). Verbs, events and spatial representations. Neuropsychologia, 37, 395–402.
Neuroethics focuses mainly on the ethical implications of neuroscientific progress, such as “cosmetic neurology,” the use of drugs to enhance cognitive performance and ability.
Dinh, C. T., Humphries, S., & Chatterjee, A. (2020). Public opinion on cognitive enhancement varies across different situations. AJOB Neuroscience, 11(4), 224–237. doi: 10.1080/21507740.2020.1811797
Conrad, E. C., Humphries, S., & Chatterjee, A. (2019). Attitudes towards cognitive enhancement: The role of metaphor and context. AJOB Neuroscience, 10(1), 35–47. doi: 10.1080/21507740.2019.1595771
Weisberg, S. M., Badgio, D., & Chatterjee, A. (2017). A CRISPR new world: Attitudes in the public toward innovations in human genetic modification. Frontiers in Public Health, 5, 117. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2017.00117
Hamilton, R., Messing, S., & Chatterjee, A. (2011). Rethinking the thinking cap. Neurology, 76(2), 187–193. doi: 10.1212/WNL.0b013e318205d50d
Cognitive neurology covers many different areas and we are interested in a number of these facets of brain and behavior. These topics include visuospatial attention, methodology in cognitive neuroscience, as well as some case study research.
Chakrabarty, M., Pflieger, E. M., Cardillo, E. R., & Chatterjee, A. (2019). Effects of acquired chronic brain injury on quality of life: A preliminary study in patients with a left or right-sided lesion. Archives of Rehabilitation Research and Clinical Translation, 2(1), 100031. doi: 10.1016/j.arrct.2019.100031
Chatterjee, A. (2018). Reflections on mirror neurons and rehabilitation [Commentary on the journal article Functions of the mirror neuron system: Implications for neurorehabilitation, by G. Buccino, A. Solodkin, & S. L. Small]. Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology, 31(4), 243–244. doi: 10.1097/WNN.0000000000000177
Yeatts, S. D., Broderick, J. P., Chatterjee, A., Jauch, E. C., Levine, S. R., Romano, J. G., Saver, J. L., Vagal, A., Purdon, B., Devenport, J., & Khatri, P. (2018). Alteplase for the treatment of acute ischemic stroke in patients with low National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale and not clearly disabling deficits (Potential of rtPA for Ischemic Strokes with Mild Symptoms PRISMS): Rationale and design. International Journal of Stroke, 13(6), 654–661. doi: 10.1177/1747493018765269
Siegler, J. E., Kable J. W., & Chatterjee, A. (2016). Resident decision making: Opioids in the outpatient setting. Journal of Graduate Medical Education, 8(2), 138–141. doi: 10.4300/JGME-D-15-00186.1
Wende, K. C., Nagels, A., Stratmann, M., Chatterjee, A., Kircher, T., & Straube, B. (2015). Neural basis of altered physical and social causality judgements in schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research, 161(2), 244–251. doi: 10.1016/j.schres.2014.11.007
Vo, K., Rutledge, R. B., Chatterjee, A., & Kable, J. W. (2014). Dorsal striatum is necessary for stimulus-value but not action-value learning in humans. Brain, 137(12), 3129–3135. doi: 10.1093/brain/awu277
Olson, I. R., Ezzyat, Y., Plotzker, A., & Chatterjee, A. (2014). The end point of the ventral visual stream: Face and non-face perceptual deficits following unilateral anterior temporal lobe damage. Neurocase: The Neural Basis of Cognition, 21(5), 554–562. doi: 10.1080/13554794.2014.959025
Göksun, T., Woods, A. J., Chatterjee, A., Zelonis, S., Glass, L., & Smith, S. E. (2013). Elementary school children’s attentional biases in physical and numerical space. European Journal of Developmental Psychology, 10, 433–448. doi: 10.1080/17405629.2012.692965
Woods, A. J., Göksun, T., Chatterjee, A., Zelonis, S., Mehta, A., & Smith, S. (2013). The development of organized visual search. Acta Psychologica, 143, 191–199. doi: 10.1016/j.actpsy.2013.03.008
Fellows, L., Stark, M., Berg, A., & Chatterjee, A. (2008). Patient registries in cognitive neuroscience research: Advantages, challenges, and practical advice. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 20(6), 1107–1113. doi: 10.1162/jocn.2008.20065
Biran, I., Giovannetti, T., Buxbaum, L., & Chatterjee, A. (2006). The alien hand syndrome: What makes the alien hand alien? Cognitive Neuropsychology, 23(4), 563–582. doi: 10.1080/02643290500180282
Ricci, R., Genero, R., Colombatti, S., Zampieri, D., & Chatterjee, A. (2005). Visuomotor links in awareness: Evidence from extinction. Neuroreport, 16(8), 843–847. doi: 10.1080/17405629.2012.692965
Vaishnavi, S., Calhoun, J., & Chatterjee, A. (2001). Binding personal and peripersonal space: Evidence from tactile extinction. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 13(2), 181–189. doi: 10.1162/089892901564243