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James F. Cavanagh

Assistant Professor

Photo: James Cavanagh
Email: 
jcavanagh@unm.edu
Phone: 
(505) 277-6830
Office: 
138 Logan
Education: 
PhD University of Arizona, 2010
Lab Website
 
Curriculum vitae
 

Research Area/s:

Cognition, Brain and Behavior,  Quantitative Psychology

Research Interests:

  • EEG Signatures of Frontal Cortical Function
  • Reward and Decision Making
  • Computational Psychiatry

Selected Publications

  • Cavanagh, J.F. (in press) Electrophysiology as a theoretical and methodological hub in the neural sciences. Psychophysiology
  • Cavanagh, J.F., Kumar, P., Mueller, A.A., Pirio Richardson, S. & Mueen, A. (2018). Diminished EEG habituation to novel events effectively classifies Parkinson's patients. Clinical Neurophysiology, 129, 409-418.
  • Cavanagh, J.F. & Frank, M.J. (2014) Frontal theta as a mechanism of cognitive control. Trends in Cognitive Science,18(8), 414-421.
  • Cavanagh, J.F., Wiecki, T.V., Cohen, M.X, Figueroa, C.M., Samanta, J., Sherman S.J., Frank, M.J. (2011) Subthalamic nucleus stimulation reverses mediofrontal influence over decision threshold. Nature Neuroscience, 14(11), 1462-1467

Courses Taught

  • Psy 443/463: Psychobiology of Emotion
  • Psy 240: Brain and Behavior
  • Psy 444/644: Advanced EEG Analysis in Matlab
  • Psy 450/650: Principles of Psychphysiology
  • Psy 450/650: Seminar: Functions of the Prefrontal Cortex
  • Psy 650: Predictable Irrationality in Decision Making

Lab

Graduate Students:

  • John Pinner--MEG, data fusion, prenatal alcohol expusure
  • Jacqueline Janowich--frontal cortex in control, task switching & working memory
  • Darin Brown--reward, affect, & decision making
  • Trevor Jackson--costs & benefits of cognitive control

Note:  If you are interested in pursuing graduate studies in my laboratory for the Fall 2019 semester, please contact me (jcavanagh@unm.edu) and apply to our program by Dec. 2018.  Good GRE scores and academic performance are expected.  Emphasis will be placed on research experience, publications/presentations, and letters of reference.