Sandy Neargarder, PhD

Title
Research Scientist, Boston University
Professor of Psychology, Bridgewater State University
Email
sneargarder@bridgew.edu
Education
Vanderbilt University, PhD, Experimental Psychology, 1997
Vanderbilt Univeristy, MA, Experimental Psychology, 1993
Wright State University, BS with honors, Psychology, 1991

Personal Interests

When I’m not teaching or doing research, I like to engage in a number of activities including snow skiing, biking, and volleyball. I also enjoy painting, traveling, and singing.

Current Research

I conduct research examining the visual and cognitive deficits associated with Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease and how these deficits relate to everyday function.

Select Publications

Neargarder, S. A., Stone, E. R., Cronin-Golomb, A., & Oross, S. III (2003). The Impact of Acuity on Performance of Four Clinical Measures of Contrast Sensitivity in Alzheimer’s Disease. The Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 58B(1), P54-P62. Addendum: 58B (3), P142. [view abstract]

Dunne, T. E., Neargarder, S. A., Cipolloni, P. B., & Cronin-Golomb, A. (2004). Visual contrast enhances food and liquid intake in advanced Alzheimer’s disease. Clinical Nutrition, 23(4), 533-538. [view abstract]

Gilmore, G. C., Cronin-Golomb, A., Neargarder, S. A., & Morrison, S. R. (2005). Enhanced stimulus contrast normalizes visual processing of rapidly presented letters in Alzheimer’s disease.Vision Research, 45(8), 1013-1020. [view abstract]

Neargarder, S.A., & Cronin-Golomb, A. (2005). Characteristics of visual target influence detection of change in naturalistic scenes in Alzheimer’s disease. Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology, 18, 151-158. [view abstract]

Cronin-Golomb, A., Gilmore, G. C., Neargarder, S., Morrison, S. R., & Laudate, T. M. (2007). Enhanced stimulus strength improves visual cognition in aging and Alzheimer’s disease. Cortex, 43, 952-966. [view abstract]

Clark, U. S., Neargarder, S., & Cronin-Golomb, A. (2008). Specific impairments in the recognition of emotional facial expressions in Parkinson’s disease. Neuropsychologia, 46(9), 2300-2309.[view abstract]

Clark, U. S., Neargarder, S., & Cronin-Golomb, A. (2010). Visual exploration of emotional facial expressions in Parkinson’s disease. Neuropsychologia, 48, 1901-1913. [view abstract]

Seichepine, D., Neargarder, S., Miller, I. , Riedel, T., Gilmore, G. C., & Cronin-Golomb (2011). Relation of Parkinson’s disease subtypes to visual activities of daily living. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 17, 841-852. [view abstract]

Amick, M.M., Miller, I., Neargarder, S., & Cronin-Golomb, A. (2012) Web-based assessment of visual and visuospatial symptoms in Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s Disease, 2012, 1-7. PMC3316969. [view abstract]

Laudate, T. M., Neargarder, S., Dunne, T. E., Sullivan, K. D., Joshi, P., Gilmore, G. C., Riedel, T. M., & Cronin-Golomb, A. (2012). Bingo!  The effects of visual contrast, card size, and game complexity on performance of a computerized game in normal aging, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease. Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition, 19, 102-121.  PMC3275685. [view abstract]

Seichepine, D., Neargarder, S., McCallum, M., Tabor, K., Riedel, T. M., Gilmore, G. C., & Cronin-Golomb (2012). Luminance affects age-related contrast sensitivity deficits in object detection: Implications for computerized assessments of real-world tasks. Psychology and Aging, 27 (2), 522-528. PMC3744819. [view abstract]

Stavitsky, K., Neargarder, S., Bogdanova, Y., McNamara, P., & Cronin-Golomb, A. (2012). Sleep and cognition in Parkinson’s disease. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 18, 108-117. [view abstract]

Toner, C.K., Reese, B., Neargarder, S., Riedel, T.M., Gilmore, G.C., & Cronin-Golomb, A. (2012). Vision-fair neuropsychological assessment in normal aging, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease. Psychology and Aging, 27 (3), 785-790. PMC3360123. [view abstract]

Laudate, T. M., Neargarder, S., & Cronin-Golomb, A. (2013). Line bisection in Parkinson’s disease: Investigation of contributions of visual retinal vision and scanning patterns to visuospatial function. Behavioral Neuroscience, 127, 151-163.  PMC3762594. [view abstract]

Miller, I.N., Neargarder, S., Risi, M.M., & Cronin-Golomb, A. (2013). Frontal and posterior subtypes of neuropsychological deficit in Parkinson’s disease. Behavioral Neuroscience, 127, 175-183.: 2339843 [PMC Journal: In process].

 

Select Presentations

Laudate, T., Ryder, J.*, Neargarder, S., & Cronin-Golomb, A. (2012). Eye movements during a visuospatial task in Parkinson’s disease. Poster presented at the biennial Cognitive Aging Conference, Atlanta, Georgia.

Laudate, T., Neargarder, S., & Cronin-Golomb, A. (2012). Structure and function of the retina in Parkinson’s disease: Relation of retinal thickness, contrast sensitivity, and visuospatial function. Poster presented at the biennial Cognitive Aging Conference, Atlanta, Georgia.

Miller, I., Risi, M.*, Neargarder, S., & Cronin-Golomb, A. (2012). Frontal and parietal types of neuropsychological deficit in Parkinson’s disease: A subgroup classification for prediction of cognitive outcomes. Poster presented at the biennial Cognitive Aging Conference, Atlanta, Georgia.

Neargarder, S. (2010). Rehabilitation for food uptake and visual function. Was invited and fully funded to present my research at the 8th WHO Collaboration Center International Symposium. Sendai, Japan.

Neargarder, S., Seichepine, D. R. ●, Colon, M.*, Gilmore, G. C., & Cronin-Golomb, A. (2010). Contrast sensitivity loss in AD patients impacts the ability to locate a pill on the floor. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Society for Behavioural Neuroscience, Collioure, France.

Seichepine, D. R., McCallum, M., Neargarder, S., Gilmore, G.C., & Cronin-Golomb, A. (2008). Finding the pill on the floor: How luminance and contrast affect elderly individuals’ object detection abilities across computerized and naturalistic assessments. Poster presented at the biennial Cognitive Aging Conference, Atlanta, Georgia.

Dunne, T., Sullivan, K., Laudate, T. M., Seichepine, D. R., Reese, B., Neargarder, S., Gilmore, G. C., Cronin-Golomb, A. (2008). Recreating the real world: Lessons from a controlled naturalistic study of visual cognition. Poster presented at the biennial Cognitive Aging Conference, Atlanta, Georgia.

Gross V., Harris C., Neargarder S., Cronin-Golomb A. (2007). Pop-out effects in color-graphemic synesthesia. Poster presented at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, New York City, New York.

Cronin-Golomb, A., Gilmore, G. C., Neargarder, S., Morrison, S. R., & Laudate, T. (2006). Enhanced stimulus contrast improves visual cognition in aging and Alzheimer’s disease. Poster presented at the biennial Cognitive Aging Conference, Atlanta, Georgia.

Neargarder, S. & Cronin-Golomb, A. (2002). Synesthesia: Beyond the Common Variety (which itself is not so common). Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Society for Behavioural Neuroscience, Point-au-pic, Canada. View abstract (May 21, 9:35).

Neargarder, S. A. & Cronin-Golomb, A. (2002). The effect of group acuity differences on contrast sensitivity performance in Alzheimer’s disease patients. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of Cognitive Aging, Atlanta, Georgia. Poster Session II, #39.

Neargarder, S. A. & Murtagh, M. P. (2001). Neuropsychological Evaluation of MELAS Syndrome: A Case Study. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Society for Behavioural Neuroscience, Marrakesh, Morrocco. Abstract 5:10.

Neargarder, S. A. & Dunne, T., & Cipolloni, P. B. (2000). The effect of enhanced contrast on nutritional intake in advanced Alzheimer’s disease. Society for Neuroscience Abstracts, 26, Program No. 575.8. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, New Orleans, LA.