Steven E. Petersen, Ph.D.

James S. McDonnell Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience

Neurosciences Program

  • 314-362-3319

  • 314-362-3317

  • 314-362-6110

  • 2220 East Building


  • attention, language, development, behavior, imaging

  • Behavioral and fMRI studies of attention and cognitive development

Research Abstract:

Our lab uses behavioral, functional neuroimaging (fMRI) and functional connectivity (fcMRI) to study the neural mechanisms underlying attention, language, learning and memory. One area of research is the development of neural mechanisms underlying reading from ages 7 to adulthood with an emphasis on how visual regions in the brain change as people become fluent readers. The second focus is on identifying and characterizing fMRI and fcMRI signals related to task organization and executive control.

Selected Publications:

Dosenbach NUF, Fair DA, Miezin FM, Cohen AL, Wenger KK, Dosenbach RA, Fox,MD, Snyder AZ, Vincent JL, Raichle ME, Schlaggar BL, Petersen SE. Distinct brain networks for adaptive and stable task control in humans. PNAS 2007 104(26): 11073-11078.

Fair DA, Dosenbach NUF Church JA, Cohen AL, Brahmbhatt S, Miezin FM, Barch DM, Raichle ME, Petersen SE and Schlaggar BL. Development of distinct control networks through segregation and integration. PNAS 2007 104(33): 13507-13512.

Ploran EJ, Nelson SM, Donaldson DI, Petersen SE, Wheeler ME. Evidence accumulation and the moment of recognition: dissociating perceptual recognition processes using fMRI. J. Neuroscience 2007 27(44): 11912-11924.

Cohen AL, Fair DA, Dosenbach NU, Miezin FM, Dierker D, Van Essen DC, Schlaggar BL, Petersen SE. Defining Functional Areas in Individual Human Brains using Resting Functional Connectivity MRI. NeuroImage 2008 41:45-57.

Fair DA, Cohen AL, Power JD, Dosenbach NUF, Church JA, Miezin FM, Schlaggar BL, Petersen SE. Functional Brain Networks Develop from a “Local to Distributed” Organization. PLoS Comput Biol. 2009 May;5(5):e1000381. Epub 2009 May 1.

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