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

Delgado Reyes, L.M., Wijeakumar, S., Magnotta, V.A., Forbes, S.H. & Spencer, J.P. (in press). The functional brain networks that underlie visual working memory in the first two years of life. NeuroImage.

Putt, S.S., Wijeakumar, S. & Spencer, J.P. (2019). Prefrontal cortex activation supports the emergence of Early Stone Age toolmaking skill. NeuroImage, 199, 57-69.

Wijeakumar, S., Kumar, A., Delgado Reyes, L., Tiwari, M. & Spencer, J.P. (2019). Early adversity in rural India impacts the brain networks underlying visual working memory. Developmental Science, DOI: 10.1111/desc.12822.

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.

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