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Lecture Series

Fall 2019 - Spring 2020 Presentations:



Dr. Johanna Kissler

Dean of Graduate Studies

Department of Psychology and Physical Education at University of Bielefeld

Tuesday, September 24th 2019

Talk Time 1:00pm

Talk Time 3:30pm Coverdell S175

Talk Title:

Aging, Exercise, and Brain Plasticity

For more information on Dr. Kissler’s work and her research group:





Dr. Kirk Erickson

Associate Professor of Psychology and Geriatric Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh

Tuesday, January 28th 2020

Talk Time 1:00pm

Coverdell S175

Talk Title:

Aging, Exercise, and Brain Plasticity

Dr. Erickson received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Philosophy at Marquette University in 1999. He received his PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2005 and did post-doctoral work at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois until 2008. Dr. Erickson’s research interests range from cognitive neuroscience, aging, neuroplasticity, genetics, and molecular mechanisms of cognitive function.  He is currently the Principal Investigator of the BACH lab at the University of Pittsburgh and is continuing his research on how the brain changes in late adulthood and the factors that promote successful aging. 

For more information on Dr. Erickson’s work and his research group:



Dr. Vince Calhoun

Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Georgia State University

Thursday, March 5th 2020

Talk Time 1:00pm

Coverdell S175

Talk Title:

Towards the Development of Brain Imaging Biomarkers: A Network-Based Approach

Dr. Calhoun is founding director of the tri-institutional Center for Translational Research in Neuroimaging and Data Science (TReNDS) and a Georgia Research Alliance eminent scholar in brain health and image analysis where he holds an appointment at Georgia State University as a Distinguished University Professor as well as appointments at Georgia Institution of Technology and Emory University. He was previously the President of the Mind Research Network and Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of New Mexico. He is the author of more than 750 full journal articles and over 800 technical reports, abstracts and conference proceedings. His work includes the development of flexible methods to analyze functional magnetic resonance imaging data such as independent component analysis, deep learning for neuroimaging, data fusion of multimodal imaging and genetics data, neuroinformatics tools, and the identification of biomarkers for disease. His research is funded by the NIH and NSF among other agencies.

For more information on Dr. Calhoun’s work and his research group:


Fall 2018 - Spring 2019 Presentations:


Dr. Mukesh Dhamala

Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy

Georgia State University

Thursday, April 11th 2019

Talk Time 4:00pm

Coverdell S175

Talk Title:

Brain Network Oscillations During Perceptual Decision-Making

Dr. Mukesh Dhamala leads the NeuroPhysics program at Georgia State University, focused on studying the underlying physics of brain structure and function in both healthy and disease states. The Dhamala group at GSU employs a 64-channel EEG system to record brain electrical activity in studies of human decision-making, creativity, epilepsy, and stroke. NeuroPhysics research projects also include theoretical studies and modeling of brain and neuronal processes. Recent discoveries from the Dhamala group include the conserved principles of brain network oscillations in perceptual decision-making across multiple sensory domains and high-frequency neural oscillations during epileptic seizures, and the effects of time-delayed coupling in phase synchronization of nonlinear oscillators.

For more information on Dr. Dhamala’s work and his research group:



Dr. Audrey Duarte

Associate Professor of Psychology

Georgia Tech

Thursday, May 16th 2019

Talk Time: 3:00pm

Coverdell S175

Talk Title:

Individual Differences In Episodic Memory Across The Adult Lifespan 

Dr. Audrey Duarte leads the Memory and Aging Lab at Georgia Tech, which is a cognitive neuroscience research lab focused on investigating what specific age-related changes in prefrontal cortical cognitive control processes contribute to associative memory impairments. They also investigate how emotion, stress, and exercise can improve memory functioning in young and older adults. The Duarte group at Georgia Tech employs experimental techniques such as behavioral testing, electrophysiology (EEG), functional neuroimaging (fMRI) and neuropsychological studies of people with memory difficulties and brain injuries.

For more information on Dr. Duarte’s work and her research group:


Past Presentations:

Fall and Spring 2017-2018 Presentations:


Luke Dittrich  

Luke Dittrich

Luke Dittrich is a National Magazine Award-winning journalist and contributing editor at New York Times Magazine. 

In his first book, Patient H.M.: A Story of Memory, Madness, and Family Secrets, he explores the scientific, ethical and, above all, human dimensions of one of the most important stories in the history of medicine. Winner of the PEN E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

Wednesday, November 1st

Miller Learning Center Room 148

Talk Tilte:

Patient H.M.: A Story of Memory, Madness, and Family Secrets


Fall 2015 - Spring 2017 Presentations:


Dr. Paul Laurienti (M.D./Ph.D.)

Professor, Radiology

Center on Diabetes, Obesity, and Metabolism

Wake Forest School of Medicine

Thursday, March 30th, 3:30 P.M.

Pharmacy South: PS101

Talk Tilte:

Networks, Interdependence, and the Complex Brain

For more information about

Dr. Laurienti work visit: 

Wake Forest Profile: Dr. Paul Laurienti

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Distinguished Speaker:

Dr. Godfrey Pearlson

Director Olin Center for Neuropsychiatry 

Research Center

Professor, Psychiatry and Neuroscience

Yale School of Medicine

Thursday, December 1st, 2016 - 3:30 PM

Paul D. Coverdell Building S-175

Talk Tilte:

Marijuana - The Upsides and Downsides

of a Complex Substance

For more information about

Dr. Pearlson's work visit: 

Yale Profile: Godrey Pearlson

This Colloquium is in partnership with the Neuroscience Division of BHSI

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Distinguished Speaker:

Dr. Yi Wang

Distinguished Professor

Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University 

Tuesday July 26th, 2016 - 3:00 PM

Paul D. Coverdell Building S-175

Talk Tilte:

Quantitative susceptibility mapping of biometals:

neurodegeneration, inflammation & oxygenation 

For more information about

Dr. Wang work visit: 

Cornell Profile: Yi Wang

Fall 2015 - Spring 2016 Presentations 


Dr. Kim Wallen

Emory University

November 6, 2015 - 2:30 pm

Coverdell S 175

Talk Title: "The eye of the beholder: Sex differences in neural and subjective response to sexual images"


Dr. Graeme Mason

Yale University

December 3, 2015 - 3:30 pm

Coverdell S 175

Co-sponsored with Neuroscience Seminar Series

Talk Title: "Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy of Brain Metabolism of Glucose, Acetate, and Ethanol"


Dr. Christopher Conway

Georgia State University

February 19, 2016 - 3 p.m.

Coverdell S175  

Talk Title: "Learning structure in time: The neurocognitive basis of sequential learning and its role in language development"


Distinguished Speaker:

Dr. Susan Whitfield-Gabrieli

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

April 21, 2016- 3:30 p.m.

Coverdell S175

Talk Title: "Clinical Applications of Resting State Networks: Clinical Characterization, Novel Treatments and Prediction of Clinical Outcome"



Dr. Jessica Turner

Georgia State University

"Genetic networks and gray matter deficits in schizophrenia"

Dr. Stefan Everling

Western University - Canada

"Resting-state fMRI in monkeys:Neural correlates and alterations following focal stroke"


Dr. Negar Fani

Emory University

"Emotional and Cognitive Manifestations of Posttraumatic Stress: Moving Toward New Diagnostic Classifications and Treatment Methods for Traumatized Individuals”

Dr. Lewis Wheaton

Georgia Institute of Technology

"Action Encoding for Skillful Motor Rehabilitation: Concepts from Central and Peripheral Nervous System Injury”

Roberto Cabeza, Ph.D. 

Duke University

“Compensatory Brain Activity in Older Adults”

Dr. Daniel L. Drane, Ph.D., ABPP(CN)

Emory University School of Medicine

"Decreasing Cognitive Morbidity of Epilepsy Surgery Through Enhanced Knowledge of Neural Networks and Novel Laser Ablation Technology"


James Rilling, Ph.D.

Emory University

"Comparative primate neuroimaging: insights into human brain evolution"

Bruce Crosson, Ph.D.

Emory University School of Medicine 

"Neural Systems in Language: From Aging to Aphasia"

Hui Mao, Ph.D.

Emory University 

"MRI Biomarkers for Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia"

Helen Mayberg, M.D.

Emory University School of Medicine 

"Precision Medicine: The Evolving Role for Imaging in Optimizing Treatment for Depression"

Olaf Sporns, Ph.D.

Indiana University Bloomington

"Discovering the Human Connectome"


Mukesh Dhamala, Ph.D.

Georgia State University

“Patterns of Brain Activity During Decision-Making Processes”

Shella Keilholz, Ph.D.

Georgia Institute of Technology

“Spatiotemporal Dynamics of Spontaneous BOLD Fluctuations”

Lawrence Sweet, Ph.D.

Brown University Alpert Medical School

“Functional Neuroimaging Approaches and Applications in Clinical Research”


Russell A. Poldrack , Ph.D.

University of Texas at Austin 

"Putting on the Brakes: The Neural Basis of Response Inhibition"

Joe Manns, Ph.D. 

Emory University Department of Psychology

"The Hippocampus and Memory for Items in Context"

Chris Rorden, Ph.D.

GA Tech Center for Advanced Brain Imaging

"The Left Frontal Lobe's Role in Language"


Stephan Hamman, Ph.D. 

Emory University

"Neural Mechanisms of Emotion and Emotional Memory"

Xiaoping P. Hu, Ph.D. 

Director, Biomedical Imaging Technology Center

Georgia Tech and Emory University  

"Functional Connectivity and Causal Connectivity in Resting State Brain Networks Derived from fMRI Data"

Audrey Duarte , Ph.D.

Georgia Institute of Technology

"Aging and the Neural Systems Supporting Associative Recollection"

Kent A. Kiehl, Ph.D. 

University of New Mexico

"The Criminal Psychopath Revealed: Assessment, Recidivism, Treatment and Neuroscience"


Jay Hedgé, Ph.D.

Medical College of Georgia

"Vision as Inference"

Johanna Kissler, Ph.D.

University of Konstanz, Germany

"What's in a Word? Emotion in Visual Word Processing"

Dean Sabatinelli, Ph.D.

University of Georgia

"Investigating the Timing of Emotional Perception with Functional MRI"

Jason Kao, M.S.

University of Georgia

“Multi-objective Optimal Experimental Designs for Event-related fMRI Studies"


Martin Paulus, Ph.D. 

University of California

"Decision-making and Interoception"


John Sweeney, Ph.D

University of Illinois, Chicago

"Cognitive Neuroscience of Neurodevelopmental Disorders"


Jerry Allison, Ph.D.

Medical College of Georgia

“Three Tesla MRI: Capabilities, Opportunities and Challenges” 


Gregory G. Brown, Ph.D.

University of California, San Diego

“Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging: A Survey of Applications in Clinical Neuroscience”

Daniel Weissman, Ph.D.

Duke University

“The Neural Mechanisms for Minimizing Distraction"

Professor Friedemann,

University of Cambridge, UK

“Brain Reflections of Language and Actions”


Xiaoping Hu, Ph.D.

Georgia Tech and Emory University

“Mapping Brain Function and Connectivity with MRI”

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