Greg Appelbaum, Ph.D.

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Phone: (919) 613-7664

54231 Duke South
Durham, NC 27710

Email: greg AT duke DOT edu

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Assistant Professor

Brain Stimulation and Neurophysiology Division

Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, School of Medicine

DIBS Faculty, Member, DIBS Center

Research Description

My research focuses on the behavioral and neural processes that underlie human visual cognition, how these capabilities differ among individuals, and how they can be improved through behavioral and neurofeedback interventions. In this research I utilize a combination of psychophysical measures aimed at quantifying behavioral performance, coupled with the neuroscience techniques of electroencephalography (EEG), trasncranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), and functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) to understand the neural mechanisms underlying visual-cognitive abilities. This research has addressed aspects of perception and action, cognitive control, decision-making, learning and expertise and is aimed at developing new knowledge about the function of the human brain that can be leveraged in applied contexts.

For more information on me and my research, please go to www.duke.edu/~greg/


Ph.D., University of California, Irvine, Psychology, 2004

M.S., University of California, Irvine, Psychology, 2002

B.A., Emory University, Psychology, 1995

Recent Publications

Wang, L.L., Krasich, K., Bel-Bahar, T., Hughes, L., Mitroff, S.R., & Appelbaum, L.G. (2015). Mapping the Structure of Perceptual and Visual-Motor Abilities in Healthy Young Adults. Acta Psychologica. 157, 74-84

Clark, K., Appelbaum, L.G., Mitroff, S.R., & Woldorff, M.G. (2015) Improvement in visual search with practice: Mapping learning-related changes in neurocognitive stages of processing. Journal of Neuroscience. 35(13): 5351-5359.

Appelbaum, L.G., Boehler, C.N., Won, R.J., Davis, L.A., & Woldorff, M.G. (2014). The dynamics of proactive and reactive cognitive control processes in the human brain. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. 26(5): 1021-1038

Research Areas

Research Topics

  • Brain and behavioral plasticity
  • Visual cognition
  • Learning and expertise