The lab's focus is on how intrinsic, ongoing brain activity impacts subjects' behavior. Our research addresses three interrelated questions:

Ongoing activity in sensory regions: How does ongoing activity in sensory regions change with attention? Do the same processes occur for visual and auditory stimuli? We use EEG and fMRI methods to address this question.

Comparisons across groups: How does ongoing brain activity shift as people age? Does this correlate with age-related declines in performance?

How does our ability to manipulate intrinsic, ongoing activity change with experience, such as training or loss of vision.

We use methods of EEG, fMRI, and behavior to address these questions.


Research Gate website.

Schmidt EL, Burge WK, Visscher KM, Ross LA (2015) Cortical Thickness in Frontoparietal and Cinglo-opercular Networks Predicts Executive Function Performance in Older Adults. Neuropsychology Oct 12 (epub ahead of print). PMID 26460586

Bays, BB, Visscher, K.M., LeDantec, C, Seitz, A (2015) Alpha-Band EEG Activity in Perceptual Learning. Journal of Vision.

Griffis, J. C., Elkhetali, A. S., Vaden, R. J., Visscher, K. M. (2015) Distinct effects of trial-driven and task Set-related control in primary visual cortex. Neuroimage 120, 285–297. PMID 26163806

Elkhetali, A.S., Vaden, R.J., Pool, S.M., Visscher, K.M. (2015) Early visual cortex reflects initiation and maintenance of task set. NeuroImage, (107, 277-278). PMID 25485712

Vaphiades, M., Visscher, K.M., Rucker, J., Vattoth, S., Roberson, G. (2015) Functional MRI and MRI tractography in progressive supranuclear palsy-like syndrome. NeuroOphthalmology.

Layfield, S., Burge, W., Mitchell, W., Ross, L., Denning, C., Amthor, F., Visscher, K. (2014). The Effect of Speed of Processing Training on Microsaccade Amplitude. PLoS One 9, e107808. PMID: 25248099

Dubis, J.W., Siegel, J.S., Neta, M., Visscher, K.M., Petersen, S.E., (2014). Tasks Driven by Perceptual Information Do Not Recruit Sustained BOLD Activity in CinguloOpercular Regions. Cereb. Cortex. PMID: 25150283

Burge, W.K., Ross, L.A., Amthor, F.R., Mitchell, W.G., Zotov, A., Visscher, K.M. (2013). Processing speed training increases the efficiency of attentional resource allocation in young adults. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 7:684. PMID: 24151461 pdf

Hadley, J., Nenert, R., Kraguljac, N., Bolding, M., White, D., Skidmore, F., Visscher, K.M., Lahti, A.C. (2013). Ventral Tegmental Area/Midbrain Functional Connectivity and Response to Antipsychotic Medication in Schizophrenia. Neuropsychopharmacology 39(4): 1020-30. pdf

Vaden, R.J., Hutcheson, N.L., McCollum, L.A., Kentros, J.G., Visscher, K.M. (2012).  Older adults, unlike younger adults, do not modulate alpha power to suppress irrelevant information.  Neuroimage. 63: 1127-1133  PMID: 22885248 pdf

Nenert, R., Viswanathan, S., Dubuc, D.M., Visscher, K.M. (2012) Modulations of ongoing alpha oscillations predict successful short-term visual memory encoding. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 6:127 PMID: 22586390 pdf

Visscher, K.M., Weissman, D.H. (2011). Would the field of cognitive neuroscience be advanced by sharing functional MRI data? BMC Medicine 9(1):34. PMID: 21477286 pdf

Viswanathan, S., Perl, D., Visscher, K.M., Kahana, M.J., Sekuler, R. (2010). Homogeneity computation: How inter-item similarity in visual short term memory alters recognition. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 17(1):59-65. pdf

Visscher, K.M., Kahana, M.J., Sekuler, R. (2009). Trial-to-trial carry-over in auditory short-term memory. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory & Cognition 35(1):46-56. pdf

Visscher, K.M., Kaplan, E., Kahana, M.J., Sekuler, R. (2007). Auditory short-term memory behaves like visual short-term memory. PLoS Biology 5(3). pdf, news article.

Dosenbach, N.U.F., Visscher, K.M., Palmer, E.D., Miezin, F.M., Wenger, K.K., Kang, H.C., Burgund, E.D., Grimes, A.L., Schlaggar, B.L., Petersen, S.E. (2006). A core system for the implementation of task sets. Neuron, 50(5):799-812. pdf

Weissman, D.H., Roberts, K.C., Visscher, K.M., Woldorff, M.G. (2006). Zoning out: The neural bases of momentary lapses in attention. Nature Neuroscience, 9(7): 971-8. pdf

Wenger, K.K, Visscher, K.M., Miezin, F.M., Petersen, S.E., Schlaggar, B.L. (2004). Comparison of sustained and transient activity in children and adults using a mixed blocked/event-related fMRI design. NeuroImage, 22(2): 975-85. pdf

Visscher, K.M., Miezin, F. M., Kelly, J., Buckner, R.L., Donaldson, D.I., McAvoy, M., Bhalodia, V., Petersen, S. E. (2003). Mixed blocked/event-related designs can correctly separate transient and sustained activity in fMRI. NeuroImage, 19: 1694-708. pdf

Visscher, K.M., Viets, E., Snyder, L. (2003). Effects of training on memory-guided saccade performance. Vision Research, 43: 2061-71. pdf

Schlaggar, B. L., Brown, T.T., Lugar, H.M., Visscher, K.M., Miezin, F.M., Petersen, S.E. (2002). Functional neuroanatomical differences between adults and children in the processing of single words. Science 296, 1476-1479. pdf