Susan Ravizza

Susan Ravizza vita

Associate Professor

PhD, Psychology, University of California, Berkley, 2000
MA, Communication, Purdue University, 1992
BS, Communication, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1990

Research Statement

Dr. Ravizza's 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 attention. 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 attention 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.

Selected Publications

  • Wills, K., Liu, J., Hakun, J.G., Zhu, D., Hazeltine, E., Ravizza, S.M.
    Neural Mechanisms for the Benefits of Stimulus-Driven Attention.
    2017, Cerebral Cortex, 27:5294-5302
  • Griffin, N. R., Fleck, C. R., Uitvlugt, M. G., Ravizza, S. M., Fenn, K. M.
    The Tweeter Matters: Factors that Affect False Memory from Twitter.
    2017, Computers in Human Behavior, 77:63-68
  • Ravizza, S.M., Uitvlugt, M. G., Fenn, K. M.
    Logged In and Zoned Out: How Laptop Internet Use Impacts Classroom Learning
    2017, Psychological Science, 28:171-180
  • Uitvlugt, M.G., Pleskac, T. J., Ravizza, S. M.
    The Nature of Working Memory Gating in Parkinson’s Disease: A Multi-Domain Signal Detection Examination
    2016, Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience, 16:289-301
  • *Hakun, J. G., Ravizza, S. M.
    Internal-External Prioritization: Evidence for Resource Sharing between Visual Working Memory and Visual Attention
    2016, Neuroimage, 124:78-293
  • Ravizza, S.M., Uitvlugt, M. G., Hazeltine, E.
    Where to start? Bottom-up attention improves working memory by determining encoding order
    2016, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 42:1959-1968
  • Becker, M. W., Ravizza, S.M., Peltier, C.
    An Inability to Set Independent Attentional Settings by Hemifield
    2015, Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 77:2640-52
  • Delgado, M. R., Ravizza, S. M., Porcelli, A. J.
    Motivational influences on cognitive control: The role of reward processing. In T. Braver (Ed.)
    2015, Motivation and Cognitive Control, Routledge83-104
  • Ravizza, S. M., Hambrick, D. Z., Fenn, K. M.
    Non-Academic Internet Use in the Classroom is Negatively Related to Classroom Learning Regardless of Intellectual Ability
    2014, Computers & Education, 78:109-114
  • Langel, J. Hakun, J. G., Zhu, D., Ravizza, S. M.
    Functional specialization of the left ventral parietal cortex in working memory
    2014, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8:440
  • Fenn, K. M., Griffin, N.R., Uitvlugt, M.G., & Ravizza, S. M.
    The effect of social media on false memory formation
    2014, Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 21:1551-1556
  • Ravizza, S. M., Delgado, M.
    Motivational enhancement of cognitive control depends on depressive symptoms
    2014, Emotion, 14:646-650
  • Ravizza, S. M., Salo, R. E.
    Task Switching in Psychiatric Disorders. In J. Grange & G. Houghton (Eds.
    2014, Task Switching, Cambridge: Oxford University Press300-331
  • Ravizza, S. M., Solomon, M., Ivry, R. B., Carter, C. S
    Restricted and repetitive behaviors in autism spectrum disorders: the relationship of attention and motor deficits
    2013, Development and Psychopathology, 25:773-784
  • Ravizza, S.M., Hazeltine, E.
    The benefits of stimulus-driven attention for working memory encoding
    2013, Journal of Memory & Language, 69:384-396
  • Elbin, R.J., Covassin, T., Hakun, J., Kontos, A.P., Berger, K. Pfeiffer, K. & Ravizza, S. M.
    Exploring brain activation patterns in asymptomatic athletes with and without a history of two or more concussions
    2012, Brain Injury, 26:1217-1225
  • Ravizza, S. M., Goudreau, J., Delgado, M. R., Ruiz, S.
    Executive function abilities in Parkinson’s disease: Contributions of the fronto-striatal pathways to action and feedback processing
    2012, Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience, 12:193-206
  • Hakun, J. G., Ravizza, S.M.
    Cognitive control: Component preparation during task switching
    2012, Brain Research, 1451:53-64
  • Ravizza, S.M., Hazeltine, E., Ruiz, S., Zhu, D.
    Left TPJ activity in verbal working memory: Implications for storage and sensory-specific models of short term memory
    2011, Neuroimage, 55:1836-1846
  • Salo, R., Ravizza, S. M., Fassbender, C.
    Overlapping Cognitive Patterns in Schizophrenia and Methamphetamine Dependence
    2011, Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology, 24:187-193
  • Ravizza, S. M., Moua, K.C., Long, D.L., Carter, C.S.
    The impact of cognitive processing deficits on task switching performance in schizophrenia
    2010, Schizophrenia Research, 116:274-279
  • Corbett B. A., Carmean, V., Ravizza, S. M , Wendelken, C., Henry, M.L., Carter, C. S, Rivera, S.M
    A functional and structural study of the amygdala in children with autism
    2009, Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, 173:196-205
  • Solomon, M. Ozonoff, S., Ursu, S., Ravizza, S. M., Cummings, N.,Ly, S., and Carter, C. S.
    The neural substrates of cognitive control deficits in Autism Spectrum Disorders
    2009, Neuropsychologia, 47:2515-2526
  • Ravizza, S. M., Anderson, J. R., Carter, C. S.
    Errors of mathematical processing: The relationship of accuracy to neural regions associated with retrieval or representation of the problem state
    2008, Brain Research, 1238:118-126
  • Anderson, J. R., Carter, C. S., Fincham, J. M., Qin, Y, Ravizza, S. M., Rosenberg-Lee, M.
    Using fMRI to test models of complex cognition
    2008, Cognitive Science, 32:1323-1348
  • Ravizza, S. M. & Carter, C. S.
    Shifting set about task switching: Behavioral and neural evidence for distinct forms of cognitive flexibility
    2008, Neuropsychologia, 46:2924-2935
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