Gabriele Gratton

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Gabriele Gratton

Professor, Department of Psychology
Ph.D., University of Illinois
M.D., University of Rome
President of the Society for Psychophysiological Research (SPR) from 2009 to 2010

Application of functional brain imaging methods in cognitive neuroscience

Gabriele Gratton‘s interests are in cognitive neuroscience, specifically in the basic organization (spatial, temporal, and functional) of elementary cognitive processes such as those involved in sensory and working memory, attention, motor preparation, and strategy selection. Gratton has been focusing on the application of functional brain imaging methods to the study of these processes in normal adult subjects using optical, electrophysiological and hemodynamic techniques.

Research Area

Representative Publications

Gratton, G., & Fabiani, M. (in press). Beyond ERP & fMRI: Other Imaging Techniques for Studying Human Brain Function. In H. Cooper (Ed.) The APA Handbook of Research Methods in Psychology. APA Books: Washington, DC. Boot, W.R., Basak, C. Erickson, K., Neider, M., Low, K.A., Simons, D. J., Fabiani, M., Gratton, G., Voss, M.W., Prakash, R., Lee, HK, & Kramer, A.F. (in press). Strategy, Individual Differences, and Transfer of Training in the Acquisition of Skilled Space Fortress Performance. Acta Psychologica. Gratton, G. & Fabiani, M. (in press). Non-invasive fast optical imaging in humans. In D. M. Rector & J. S. George (Eds.). Scattered Light Imaging of Brain Function for the Contemporary Clinical Neuroscience Series, Totowa, NJ: Humana Press. Erickson, K.I., Boot, W.R., Basak, C., Neider, M.B., Prakash, R.S., Voss, M.W., Graybiel, A.M., Simons, D.J., Fabiani, M., Gratton, G., & Kramer, A.F. (in press). Striatal volume predicts level of video game skill acquisition. Cerebral Cortex. Gratton, G. & Fabiani, M. (2010). Fast optical imaging of human brain function. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 4(Art. 52), 1-9. Mathewson, K.E., Fabiani, M., Gratton, G., Beck, D.M., Lleras, A. (2010). Rescuing stimuli from invisibility: Inducing a momentary release from visual masking with pretarget entrainment. Cognition, 115, 186–191. Tse, C-Y, Gordon, B.A., Fabiani, M., & Gratton, G. (2010). Frequency analysis of the visual steady-state response measured with the fast optical signal in younger and older adults. Biological Psychology, 85(1), 79-89. Ghinescu, R., Stadler, M. A., Schachtman, T., Gratton, G., & Fabiani, M. (2010). Strategic behavior without awareness? Effects of implicit learning in the Eriksen flanker paradigm. Memory & Cognition, 38(2), 197-205. Schneider-Garces, N.J. Gordon, B.A. Brumback-Peltz, C.R., Shin, E., Lee, Y., Sutton, B.P., Maclin, E.L. Gratton, G. & Fabiani, M. (2010). Span, CRUNCH and beyond: working memory capacity and the aging brain. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 22(4), 655-669. Reviewed in Faculty of 1000 Biology: evaluations for Schneider-Garces NJ et al J Cogn Neurosci 2009 Mar 25: Mathewson, K.E., Fabiani, M., Gratton, G., Beck, D. M., & Lleras, A. (2010). Making waves in the stream of consciousness: Eliciting predictable oscillations in visual awareness with pretarget entrainment at 12 Hz. Visual Cognition, 18(1), 137-141. Low, K. A., Leaver, E., Kramer, A. F., Fabiani, M., & Gratton, G. (2009). Share or compete? Load-dependent recruitment of prefrontal cortex during dual-task performance. Psychophysiology, 46, 1-11. Gratton, G., Rykhlevskaia, E., Wee, E., Leaver, E., & Fabiani, M. (2009). Does white matter matter? Spatiotemporal dynamics of task switching in aging. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 21(7), 1380-1395. Mathewson, K., Gratton, G., Fabiani, M., Beck, D., & Ro, A. (2009). To See or Not to See: Pre-stimulus Alpha Phase Predicts Visual Awareness. The Journal of Neuroscience, 29(8), 2725-2732. Reviewed in the Journal Club of the Journal of Neuroscience: Wyart, V, & Sergent, C. (in press). The Phase of Ongoing EEG Oscillations Uncovers the Fine Temporal Structure of Conscious Perception. The Journal of Neuroscience, October 14, 2009, 29(41):12839 –12841. Gratton, G. & Fabiani, M. (2009). Fast optical signals: Principles, methods, and experimental results (pp. 435-460). In R. Frostig (Ed.), In Vivo Optical imaging of brain, 2nd edition. CRC Press. Fabiani, M., & Gratton, G. (2009). Brain Imaging probes of the Cognitive and Physiological Effects of Aging. In W. Chodzko-Zajko, A. F. Kramer, & L. Poon (Eds.), Aging, Exercise, and Cognition Series: Volume III. Enhancing Cognitive Functioning and Brain Plasticity (pp. 1-14). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics Publishers.