Aina Puce

Aina Puce

Eleanor Cox Riggs Professor, Psychological and Brain Sciences

Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Chair-elect

NeuroImage, Senior Editor,

Perspectives for Psychological Science, Associate Editor

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

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.

Another research focus is best practices for data acquisition, analysis and sharing of multimodal neuroimaging data,

Current Lab Members

Graduate Student: Kami Salibayeva

Undergraduate Students: Andrew Morales & Devin Seth

Lab Alumni - partial list

Post-doctoral Fellows

Julie A Brefczynski-Lewis - Ph.D. (Neuroscience, Medical College of Wisconsin, USA); now at https://directory.hsc.wvu.edu/Profile/36369

James Thompson, PhD (Brain Sciences Institute) Swinburne University, Australia; now at https://psychology.gmu.edu/people/jthompsz

Svenja Lowitzsch (Ettl), PhD (Mathematics,Texas A&M University, USA); now at Max-Planck Forschungsgruppe, Institut für Optik, Informatik und Photonik, Universität Erlangen- Nürnberg, Germany

Marianne Latinus, PhD (Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Toulouse 3, France); now at https://www.univ-tours.fr/marianne-latinus--697379.kjsp

Scott Love, PhD (Psychology, Glasgow University, Scotland); now at: https://www6.val-de-loire.inra.fr/umrprc-ethologie-neurobiologie/L-equipe/Chercheurs-et-ingenieurs/Scott-Love

Graduate Students

Dr Amy Brodtmann MBBS, PhD (Medicine), from University of Melbourne, Australia; FRACP (Neurology); now Associate Professor, University of Melbourne, Australia (see https://www.florey.edu.au/science-research/scientist-directory/associate-professor-amy-brodtmann)

Dr Jillian Hardee, PhD (Neuroscience) from West Virginia University, Morgantown WV, USA; now Assistant Professor, University of Michigan (see: https://medicine.umich.edu/dept/psychiatry/jillian-hardee-phd)

Dr Francisco J. Parada - PhD (Cognitive Psychology/Neuroscience) from IU Bloomington; now Professor, School of Psychology, Universidad Diego Portales, Santiago, Chile (see http://neurociencia.udp.cl/en/people/)

Dr Alejandra Rossi - PhD (Cognitive Science/Neuroscience) from IU Bloomington; now Professor, School of Psychology, Universidad Diego Portales, Santiago, Chile (see http://neurociencia.udp.cl/en/people/)

Dr Elizabeth Bendycki (daSilva) - PhD (Cognitive Neuroscience) from IU Bloomington; now Assistant Professor, Psychology, Indiana University, Columbus, IN, USA (see https://www.iupuc.edu/science/contact-science/liz-dasilva.html)

Dr Benjamin Motz - PhD (Cognitive Science); now Faculty Fellow for Academic Analytics UITS & Research Scientist, Psychological & Brain Sciences, Indiana University Bloomington (see https://motzweb.sitehost.iu.edu/)

Dr Sara Driskell - PhD (Social Psychology); now Visiting Assistant Professor, Psychology, Auburn University

Dr Arian Ashourvan - PhD (Vision Science/Neuroscience); now Postdoctoral fellow, Mirowski Scholar, Bioengineering, Penn State University, Philadephia, USA (see http://cnt.upenn.edu/arian-ashourvan)

Undergraduate Students

Lisa Huang - completed her Senior Honors Thesis in the lab (BS, Psychology at IU Bloomington); now completed PhD in Social Psychology (University of California, Davis, USA), (see https://lisamhuang.wordpress.com/)

Danika Geisler - completed her Senior Honors Thesis in the lab (BS, Cognitive Science at IU Bloomington); now in PhD Program at Dartmouth College, Hanover, USA, (see http://www.dartmouth-socialneurolab.com/people)

Emily Beebe - completed her Senior Honors Thesis in the lab (BS, Psychology at IU Bloomington).

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), 2008-2013
  • Adjunct Professor, Radiology, West Virginia University (WVU), Morgantown, WV, USA, 2008-2013
  • 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

Representative publications

Statistical power: implications for planning MEG studies (2019)
Chaumon M, Puce A, George N
bioRxiv,

Practical guidelines for clinical magnetoencephalography (MEG): Report of an IFCN committee (2018)
Hari R, Baillet S, Barnes G, Burgess R, Forss N, Gross J, Hämäläinen M, Jensen O, Kakigi R, Mauguière F, Nakasato N, Puce A, Romani G, Schnitzler A, Taulu S
Clinical Neurophysiology, 129 1720-1747

Best practices in data analysis and sharing in neuroimaging using MEEG (2018)
Pernet P, Garrido M, Gramfort A, Maurits N, Michel C, Pang E, Salmelin R, Schoffelen JM, Valdes-Sosa PA, Puce A
OSF,

MEG-EEG Primer (2017)
Riitta Hari and Aina Puce
Oxford University Press.

A review of issues related to data acquisition and analysis in EEG/MEG studies. Invited review: Best Practices in Social Neuroscience (2017)
Puce A, Hämäläinen M
Brain Sciences, 58

The Many Faces of Social Attention (2016)
Aina Puce & Bennett Bertenthal (Eds.)
Springer.

On dissociating the neural time course of the processing of positive emotions (2016)
daSilva EB, Crager K, Puce A
Neuropsychologia, 123-137

Something to sink your teeth into: The presence of teeth augments ERPs to mouth expressions (2016)
daSilva EB, Crager K, Geisler D, Newbern P, Orem B, Puce A
NeuroImage, 227-241

Chapter 4. Neural bases for social attention in healthy humans. In: The Many Faces of Social Attention: Behavioral and Neural Measures (Eds. Puce A & Bertenthal B) (2016)
Puce A, Latinus M, Rossi A, daSilva E, Parada FJ, Love S, Ashourvan A, Jayaraman S
Springer. 93-127

Social decisions affect neural activity to perceived dynamic gaze (2015)
Latinus M, Love SA, Rossi A, Parada FJ, Huang L, Conty L, George N, James K, Puce A
Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 10 1557-1567

Neural activity differences elicited to viewing gaze changes in real and line-drawn faces (2015)
Rossi A, Parada FJ, Latinus M, Puce A.
Frontiers in Human Neurosci, 185

Neural correlates of apparent motion perception of impoverished facial stimuli: A comparison of ERP and ERSP activity (2014)
Rossi, A, Parada FJ, Kolchinsky A, Puce A.
NeuroImage, 442-459

Sustained neural activity to gaze and emotion perception in dynamic social scenes (2014)
Ulloa JL, Puce A, Hugueville L, George N
Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 9 350-357

Chapter 10. Perception of nonverbal cues. Invited review. In: Ochsner K, Kosslyn SM. Oxford Handbook of Cognitive Neuroscience, Volume 2 (2013)
Puce A. (2013)
Oxford: Oxford University Press. 148-164

The left amygdala knows fear: laterality in the amygdala response to fearful eyes (2008)
Jillian E Hardee, James C Thompson and Aina Puce
Social cognitive and affective neuroscience, 3 (1), 47-54

Dissertation Committee Service

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