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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    
2017Ravizza, S.M., Uitvlugt, M. G., Fenn, K. M. (2017). Logged In and Zoned Out: How Laptop Internet Use Impacts Classroom Learning. Psychological Science, 28(2), 171-180.
2016Uitvlugt, M.G., Pleskac, T. J., Ravizza, S. M. (2016). The Nature of Working Memory Gating in Parkinson’s Disease: A Multi-Domain Signal Detection Examination. Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience, 16, 289-301.
2016*Hakun, J. G., Ravizza, S. M. (2016). Internal-External Prioritization: Evidence for Resource Sharing between Visual Working Memory and Visual Attention. Neuroimage, 124, 78-293.
2016Ravizza, S.M., Uitvlugt, M. G., Hazeltine, E. (2016) Where to start? Bottom-up attention improves working memory by determining encoding order. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 42(12), 1959-1968.
2015Becker, M. W., Ravizza, S.M., Peltier, C. (2015). An Inability to Set Independent Attentional Settings by Hemifield. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 77(8):2640-52
2015Delgado, M. R., Ravizza, S. M., Porcelli, A. J. (2015). Motivational influences on cognitive control: The role of reward processing. In T. Braver (Ed.), Motivation and Cognitive Control (pp. 83-104). Routledge.
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
2014Fenn, K. M., Griffin, N.R., Uitvlugt, M.G., & Ravizza, S. M. (2014). The effect of social media on false memory formation. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 21, 1551-1556.
2014Ravizza, S. M., Delgado, M. (2014). Motivational enhancement of cognitive control depends on depressive symptoms. Emotion, 14(4), 646-650.