Jacqueline Liederman


  • Title Professor
  • Phone (617) 353-3129
  • Education PhD, University of Rochester

Director: Cognitive Neurophysiology Lab

Research Interests

I am interested in the neural mechanisms underlying behavior and how these change in the context of development and/or disease. My training is primarily in physiological psychology. My interests include:

  • The use of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to make inferences about whether a particular region of cortex is necessary for a specific function. I have several projects planned that have to do with visual attention and reading. This work takes place at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
  • Examination of the mechanisms underlying reading with adults with reading disability (in cooperation with the Learning Disabilities Center at BU) as well as with neurologically intact individuals.
  • The effect of exposure to xenoestrogens during the prenatal period; how it affects brain development in general and the development of sexually dimorphic behaviors, in particular. One population that I am working with are Faroese Islanders that eat whale blubber during pregancy, thereby exposing their offspring to very high levels of PCBs.
  • Examination of factors underlying male vulnerability to neurodevelopmental disorder which may derive from events during the prenatal period.

Teaching Interests

  • Developmental Neuropsychology
  • Neuropsychology
  • Physiological Psychology (with an emphasis on the human brain)

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