Abhishek Jaywant, MA

Title
On internship at Brown University Clinical Psychology Training Consortium
Email
ajaywant@bu.edu
Education
2011 MA, Boston University
2009 BS, McGill University

Research Interests

 

I am interested in neuropsychological rehabilitation and translational research to improve cognitive, emotional, and physical functioning following brain injury. My career goal is to conduct translational, interdisciplinary research that is grounded in neuropsychology and aims to improve cognitive, emotional, and physical functioning in individuals with brain disorders.

Current Projects

The goal of my dissertation research project was to investigate how individuals with Parkinson’s disease perceive the movement of other people (known as “biological motion perception”), and to test the efficacy of a biological motion training intervention in improving walking deficits in PD. I defended my dissertation in June, 2015.

Relevant Experience

As an undergraduate at McGill University, I worked as a student and research assistant with Dr. Marc Pell in the Neuropragmatics and Emotion Lab. I mainly worked on studies of social cognitive neuroscience in Parkinson’s disease and healthy young adults. At the Vision and Cognition Lab, I have been involved in studies investigating verbal and nonverbal fluency in subgroups of PD, visuospatial neglect in PD, and biological motion perception and rehabilitation of walking in PD. My clinical experiences in graduate school included cognitive-behavioral therapy for mood/anxiety at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders, and neuropsychological assessment/treatment at the Boston VA and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. I am currently completing my predoctoral internship at the Brown University Clinical Psychology Training Consortium (Neuropsychology Track).

Hobbies & Pastimes

I enjoy doing yoga, hiking, traveling, and watching movies.

Publications

Jaywant, A. Ellis, T.D., Roy, S., Lin, C.-C., Neargarder, S., & Cronin-Golomb, A. (in review). A randomized controlled trial of a home-based action observation intervention to improve walking in Parkinson disease.

Jaywant, A., Wasserman, V., Kemppainen, M., Neargarder, S., & Cronin-Golomb, A. (in review). Perception of communicative and non-communicative motion-defined gestures in Parkinson’s disease.

Jaywant, A., Shiffrar, M., Roy, S., & Cronin-Golomb, A. (in review). Impaired perception of biological motion in Parkinson’s disease. 

Norton, D.J., Jaywant, A., Gallart-Palau, X., & Cronin-Golomb, A. (2015). Normal discrimination of spatial frequency and contrast across visual hemifields in left-onset Parkinson’s disease: Evidence against perceptual hemifield biases. Vision Research, 107, 94-100.

Jaywant, A., Musto, G., Neargarder, S., Stavitsky Gilbert, K., & Cronin-Golomb, A. (in review). The effect of Parkinson’s disease subgroups on verbal and nonverbal fluency.

Jaywant, A., & Pell, M. D. (2012). Categorical processing of negative emotions from speech prosody. Speech Communication, 54(1), 1-10.

Pell, M. D., Jaywant, A., Monetta, L., & Kotz, S. A. (2011). Emotional speech processing: Disentangling the effects of prosody and semantic cues. Cognition & Emotion, 25(5), 834-853.

Jaywant, A., & Pell, M. D. (2010). Listener impressions of speakers with Parkinson’s disease. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 16(1), 49-57.

Book Chapters

Putcha, D., Jaywant, A., & Cronin-Golomb, A. (in press).  Cognitive and perceptual impairments in Parkinson’s disease arising from dysfunction of the cortex and basal ganglia.  In: J.-J. Soghomonian (Ed.),  The Basal Ganglia: Novel Perspectives on Motor and Cognitive Functions.  Springer.

Published Abstracts and Presentations

Jaywant, A. Ellis, T.D., Roy, S., Lin, C.-C., Neargarder, S., & Cronin-Golomb, A. (February, 2016). From seeing to moving: A translational intervention to enhance walking in Parkinson’s disease. Poster to be presented at the 2016 annual meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society, Boston, MA.

Wasserman, V., Jaywant, A., Kemppainen, M., & Cronin-Golomb, A. (February, 2016). Parkinson’s disease affects the perception of motion-defined gestures. Poster to be presented at the 2016 annual meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society, Boston, MA.

Jaywant, A., Ellis, T.D., & Cronin-Golomb, A. (December, 2014). Biological motion perception in Parkinson’s disease. Poster presented at the 10th International Congress on Non-Motor Dysfunctions in Parkinson’s Disease and Related Disorders, Nice, France.

Jaywant, A., Ellis, T.D., & Cronin-Golomb, A. (April, 2014). Biological motion perception in Parkinson’s disease: Preliminary findings. Poster presented at the Third Annual Symposium of Boston-area Graduate Students in Psychology, Northeastern University, Boston, MA.

Putcha, D., Jaywant, A., Ross, R.S., Cronin-Golomb, A., & Stern, C.E. (November, 2013). Motor symptom subgroups in Parkinson’s disease: Cognitive impairment and structural brain changes. Poster presented at the 2013 annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, San Diego, CA.

Jaywant, A., Musto, G., Toner, C.K., & Cronin-Golomb, A. (April, 2012). Differential use of production strategies to facilitate nonverbal fluency in normal aging and Parkinson’s disease. Poster presented at the 2012 biennial Cognitive Aging Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Jaywant, A., Toner, C. K., & Cronin-Golomb, A. (February, 2012). The effects of normal aging and Parkinson’s disease on design fluency. Poster presented at the 40th annual meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society, Montreal, Canada.

Pell, M. D., Jaywant, A., Monetta, L., & Kotz, S. A. (May, 2010). The contributions of prosody and semantic context in emotional speech processing. Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Speech Prosody, 2010, Chicago, IL.

Jaywant, A., & Pell, M. D. (April, 2010). Betrayed by the voice: how Parkinson’s disease affects impressions of personality and social competence. Poster presented at the 2010 annual meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, Montreal, Canada.