Aron Keith Barbey, Director, Center for Brain Plasticity

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Aron K. Barbey is the Emanuel Donchin Professorial Scholar of Psychology and Associate Professor of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Bioengineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He directs the Center for Brain Plasticity, the Intelligence, Learning, and Plasticity Initiative, and the Decision Neuroscience Laboratory at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology. He received a Ph.D. in Psychology from Emory University in 2007 and completed a research fellowship in Cognitive Neuroscience at the National Institutes of Health in 2011. Professor Barbey’s research investigates the neural foundations of human intelligence and decision making, with particular emphasis on enhancing these functions through cognitive neuroscience, physical fitness, and nutritional intervention. He has won more than $16 million in private and federal research grants as PI since joining the University of Illinois in 2011, receiving support from the NIH BRAIN Initiative, the research division of the United States Director of National Intelligence (IARPA), the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and Abbott Nutrition. He has received multiple academic achievement awards and serves on the editorial board of IntelligenceThinking & Reasoning, and NeuroImage.

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Our research investigates the principles of brain organization that underlie executive control, reasoning and decision making. Through a combination of human behavioral, computational modeling, functional neuroimaging (fMRI) and neuropsychological patient data, we seek to uncover the mechanisms that shape higher cognitive processes and to develop predictive models of brain function that link neural systems to specific patterns of inference and behavior. An important motivation for our work is the development of a theoretically sound foundation for research on the relationship between disturbances of brain function and their manifestation as disorders of thought and behavior in psychiatric illness and neurological disease.

Education/Academic qualification

Ph.D., Emory University

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Research Output 2003 2019

Cognitive and neural architecture of decision making competence

Román, F. J., Colom, R., Hillman, C. H., Kramer, A. F., Cohen, N. J. & Barbey, A. K., Oct 1 2019, In : NeuroImage. 199, p. 172-183 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Mental Competency
Decision Making
Intelligence
Individuality
Vocabulary

Individual differences in analogical reasoning revealed by multivariate task-based functional brain imaging

Hammer, R., Paul, E. J., Hillman, C. H., Kramer, A. F., Cohen, N. J. & Barbey, A. K., Jan 1 2019, In : NeuroImage. 184, p. 993-1004 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Functional Neuroimaging
Individuality
Brain
Occipital Lobe
Aptitude

Nutrient biomarker patterns, cognitive function, and fMRI measures of network efficiency in the aging brain

Zwilling, C. E., Talukdar, T., Zamroziewicz, M. K. & Barbey, A. K., Mar 1 2019, In : NeuroImage. 188, p. 239-251 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Cognition
Biomarkers
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Efficiency
Unsaturated Fatty Acids

Nutrient biomarkers shape individual differences in functional brain connectivity: Evidence from omega-3 PUFAs

Talukdar, T., Zamroziewicz, M. K., Zwilling, C. E. & Barbey, A. K., Apr 15 2019, In : Human Brain Mapping. 40, 6, p. 1887-1897 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Individuality
Biomarkers
Food
Brain
Intelligence

A brief assessment tool for investigating facets of moral judgment from realistic vignettes

Kruepke, M., Molloy, E. K., Bresin, K., Barbey, A. K. & Verona, E., Jun 1 2018, In : Behavior Research Methods. 50, 3, p. 922-936 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Episodic Memory
Needs Assessment
Research Personnel
Vignettes
Moral Judgment