John P. Spencer is a Professor of Psychology. He joined the School in 2015. Prior to arriving in the UK, he was a Professor at the University of Iowa and served as the founding Director of the DeLTA Center. He received a Sc.B. with Honors from Brown University in 1991 and a Ph.D. from Indiana University in 1998. He is the recipient of the 2003 Early Research Contributions Award from the Society for Research in Child Development, and the 2006 Robert L. Fantz Memorial Award from the American Psychological Foundation. His research has been continuously funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health since 2001. His research focuses on the development of executive function including working memory, attention, and inhibitory control. He is also a pioneer in the use of dynamical systems and dynamic neural field models for understanding cognition and action.

Indicative Publications

Putt, S.S., Wijeakumar, S., Franciscus, R.G. & Spencer, J.P. (2017). The functional brain networks that underlie early stone age tool manufacture. Nature Human Behaviour, 1, 1-8.

Perone, S., Plebanek, D.J., Lorenz, M.G., Spencer, J.P. & Samuelson, L.K. (2017). Empirical tests of a brain-based model of executive function development. Child Development.

Buss, A.T. & Spencer, J.P. (2017). Changes in frontal-posterior connectivity underlie the early emergence of executive function. Developmental Science, DOI:10.1111/desc.12602.

Wijeakumar, S., Spencer, J.P. & Magnotta, V. (2017). Modulating perceptual complexity and load reveals degradation of the visual working memory network in ageing. NeuroImage, 157, 464-475.

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