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Monica Fabiani's research interests are in the cognitive neuroscience of human memory and aging, as well as in the development of tools for the non-invasive mapping of human brain function. As is typical of the cognitive neuroscience approach, her research involves the integration of data from different domains, including behavioral responses, neuropsychological tests, and brain anatomy and function (event-related brain potentials, or ERPs; structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI; and optical imaging, including near infrared spectroscopy, or NIRS, and a new technique developed by Gabriele Gratton (CNS Group) and Fabiani, the event-related optical signals, or EROS).

Fabiani's current research encompasses several interconnected lines: (1) Research on the neurophysiological and psychological bases of sensory and working memory in normal aging , with particular reference to frontal lobe/executive function and individual differences among younger and older adults; (2) an extension of this research to the effects of alcohol on executive function ; (3) research on the development of a new non-invasive optical brain imaging method (the event-related optical signal * EROS) and its integration with currently existing methods; and (4) research on the application of optical methods (EROS and near-infrared spectroscopy * NIRS) to issues of aging research, with emphasis on neurovascular coupling.

Education/Academic qualification

Biological Psychology / Cognitive Neuroscience, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Illinois

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Research Output

Assessment of cerebrovascular development and intraventricular hemorrhages in preterm infants with optical measures of the brain arterial pulse wave

Chiarelli, A. M., Mahmoudzadeh, M., Low, K. A., Maclin, E. L., Kongolo, G., Goudjil, S., Fabiani, M., Wallois, F. & Gratton, G., Mar 1 2019, In : Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism. 39, 3, p. 466-480 15 p.

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  • Electrophysiological correlates of racial in-group bias in observing nonverbal social encounters

    Katsumi, Y., Dolcos, F., Moore, M., Bartholow, B. D., Fabiani, M. & Dolcos, S., Jan 1 2019, In : Journal of cognitive neuroscience. 32, 1, p. 167-186 20 p.

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  • Examining the role of feedback in TMS-induced visual suppression: A cautionary tale

    Center, E. G., Knight, R., Fabiani, M., Gratton, G. & Beck, D. M., Oct 2019, In : Consciousness and Cognition. 75, 102805.

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  • Large-area MRI-compatible epidermal electronic interfaces for prosthetic control and cognitive monitoring

    Tian, L., Zimmerman, B., Akhtar, A., Yu, K. J., Moore, M., Wu, J., Larsen, R. J., Lee, J. W., Li, J., Liu, Y., Metzger, B., Qu, S., Guo, X., Mathewson, K. E., Fan, J. A., Cornman, J., Fatina, M., Xie, Z., Ma, Y., Zhang, J. & 9 others, Zhang, Y., Dolcos, F., Fabiani, M., Gratton, G., Bretl, T., Hargrove, L. J., Braun, P. V., Huang, Y. & Rogers, J. A., Mar 1 2019, In : Nature biomedical engineering. 3, 3, p. 194-205 12 p.

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  • Optical measures of cerebral arterial stiffness are associated with white matter signal abnormalities and cognitive performance in normal aging

    Tan, C. H., Low, K. A., Chiarelli, A. M., Fletcher, M. A., Navarra, R., Burzynska, A. Z., Kong, T. S., Zimmerman, B., Maclin, E. L., Sutton, B. P., Gratton, G. & Fabiani, M., Dec 2019, In : Neurobiology of Aging. 84, p. 200-207 8 p.

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