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Ravizza Susan Ravizza
Associate Professor
Ph.D. Psychology, University of California, Berkeley 2000
Masters Communication, Purdue University 1992
Bachelors Communication, University of California, Santa Barbara 1990
Primary Program: Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience
285C Psychology
(517) 432-3366

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Cognitive Control Neurolab Our research focuses on the cognitive processes necessary to achieve one's goals in a constantly changing environment. In our research, we emphasize two cognitive abilities that allow us to successfully perform many everyday tasks - working memory and task switching. Through the use of converging methodologies such as fMRI, neuropsychological, and behavioral techniques, we are able to investigate these abilities in novel ways. Essentially, we emphasize both words in the term "cognitive neuroscience"; that is we attempt to refine theories of working memory and task switching in cognitive psychology by determining whether its claims are supported by models of brain functioning. In the same way, we test predictions about the functions of neural regions based on theories provided by cognitive psychology.

Research Publications    
2014Ravizza, S. M., Hambrick, D. Z., Fenn, K. M. (2014). Non-Academic Internet Use in the Classroom is Negatively Related to Classroom Learning Regardless of Intellectual Ability. Computers & Education, 78, 109-114.
2014Langel, J. Hakun, J. G., Zhu, D., Ravizza, S. M. (2014). Functional specialization of the left ventral parietal cortex in working memory. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8, 440
2014Ravizza, S. M., Delgado, M. (2014). Motivational enhancement of cognitive control depends on depressive symptoms. Emotion, 14(4), 646-650.
2014Ravizza, S. M., Salo, R. E. (2014). Task Switching in Psychiatric Disorders. In J. Grange & G. Houghton (Eds.), Task Switching (pp. 300-331). Cambridge: Oxford University Press.
2013Ravizza, S. M., Solomon, M., Ivry, R. B., Carter, C. S. (2013). Restricted and repetitive behaviors in autism spectrum disorders: the relationship of attention and motor deficits. Development and Psychopathology, 25, 773-784.
2013Ravizza, S.M., Hazeltine, E. (2013). The benefits of stimulus-driven attention for working memory encoding. Journal of Memory & Language, 69(3), 384—396.
2012Elbin, R.J., Covassin, T., Hakun, J., Kontos, A.P., Berger, K. Pfeiffer, K. & Ravizza, S. M. (2012). Exploring brain activation patterns in asymptomatic athletes with and without a history of two or more concussions. Brain Injury, 26(10), 1217-1225.
2012Ravizza, S. M., Goudreau, J., Delgado, M. R., Ruiz, S. (2012). Executive function abilities in Parkinson’s disease: Contributions of the fronto-striatal pathways to action and feedback processing. Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience, 12(1), 193-206.
2012Hakun, J. G., Ravizza, S.M. (2012). Cognitive control: Component preparation during task switching. Brain Research, 1451, 53-64.
2011Ravizza, S.M., Hazeltine, E., Ruiz, S., Zhu, D. (2011). Left TPJ activity in verbal working memory: Implications for storage and sensory-specific models of short term memory. Neuroimage, 55, 1836-1846.