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Aina Puce


Director, Research Imaging Facility
Eleanor Cox Riggs Professor, Psychological and Brain Sciences
Office: PY 144, Dept of Psychological & Brain Sciences, 1101 E 10th St, Bloomington IN 47405, USA.
Phone: (812) 856-0417


See also: Professor Puce's homepage

Education

  • Post-doctoral Fellowship (Neurosurgery), Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA, 1993-1994
  • Ph.D. (Medicine), University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1985-1990
  • Master of Applied Science (Physics) Swinburne Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Australia, 1982-1985
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Biophysics/Instrumental Science), Swinburne Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Australia, 1978-1981
  • Higher School Certificate, The University High School, Melbourne, Australia, 1977

Professional Experience

  • Honorary Professional Fellow, Florey Neuroscience Institutes, Melbourne, Australia, 2009-present
  • Eleanor Cox Riggs Professor tenured), Psychological and Brain Sciences, Indiana University (IU), Bloomington, IN, USA, 2008-present
  • Director, Imaging Research Facility, IU (Bloomington), 2008-present
  • Adjunct Professor, Radiology, West Virginia University (WVU), Morgantown, WV, USA, 2008-present
  • Professor (tenured), Radiology, WVU, 2008
  • Professor, Behavioral Medicine & Psychiatry, WVU, 2005-2008
  • Professor, Neurobiology & Anatomy, WVU, 2002-2008
  • Professor, Radiology (WVU) (Tenure track), 2002-2008
  • Director of Neuroimaging, Center for Advanced Imaging, WVU, 2002-2008
  • Adjunct Professor, Lane Dept of Computer Science & Electrical Engineering, WVU, 2002-2008
  • Adjunct Professor, Brain Sciences Institute, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 2002-present
  • Principal Research Fellow (Honorary), National Stroke Research Institute, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 2002-2009
  • Deputy Director, Brain Sciences Institute, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 2001-2002
  • Associate Professor (tenure track), Brain Sciences Institute, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1998-2002
  • Research Scientist (Honorary), Brain Research Institute, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1998-2002
  • Associate Research Scientist, Department of Neurosurgery, Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA, 1994-1998
  • Research Officer, Department of Medicine, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1990-1992

Research Interests


My research program focuses on the neural basis of social cognition - the ability to interpret the actions, intentions and emotions of others. Non-verbal communication is a main theme in the laboratory, as is the context in which the action is presented in. We are developing activation tasks that attempt to mimic real-life situations as closely as possible. Our experiments use combinations of different techniques including behavior, functional MRI, event-related potentials, eye tracking and transcranial magnetic stimulation. The final technique or techniques used are determined by the particular scientific question being asked. The laboratory has multimodal integration capability.

Lab Members

Post-doctoral Fellow

  • Julie A Brefczynski-Lewis - Ph.D. in neuroscience (Medical College of Wisconsin), first postdoctoral fellowship in the laboratory of Dr. Richard Davidson, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI.


Graduate Students

  • Francisco J. Parada - PhD student in Cognitive Psychology/Neuroscience at IU.
  • Alejandra Rossi - PhD student in Cognitive Science/Neuroscience at IU.


Undergraduate Students

  • Lisa Huang - Lisa is completing her Senior Honors Thesis in the laboratory for a BS in Psychology.

Dissertation Committee Service

Bold student names indicate a cognitive science standalone student.

Author Dissertation Title Committee
Kim, SunAhNeural Mechanisms of Multisensory Visuo-Haptic Object Recognition (August 2010) James, T. (Chair), Puce, A. (Co-Chair), Craig, J., James, K.