I was born in upstate New York and earned my undergraduate degree at SUNY Buffalo. I then went on to earn my MA in clinical psychology at Ball State University where I first was exposed to neuroscience research. Since then I have worked on many projects using EEG methodology including measuring creativity, emotion regulation, visual attention, and cognitive control. In addition, I also enjoy working on new methods for artifact correction and statistical analyses of EEG data. In my future research, I hope to work on better quantifying differences in brain functioning based on individual differences in psychopathology. Broadly, I am interested in differences relating to cognitive control and internally/externally oriented cognition. Currently I am working with Shinobu Kitayama at the University of Michigan and I will be joining the lab in Fall 2018.
Dr. Caterina Gratton is a cognitive neuroscientist and Principal Investigator of the Gratton Lab at Northwestern University. Dr. Gratton is originally from Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. She has undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Neuroscience from the University of Illinois and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of California, Berkeley. She did her post-doctoral work in the Neurology Department at Washington University in St. Louis with Dr. Steve Petersen. Dr. Gratton is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Northwestern, with a secondary appointment in the Neurology Department in Northwestern's Feinberg School of Medicine, and a Preceptor in the NUIN program. In addition to thinking about brain networks and top-down control, Dr. Gratton enjoys playing soccer and running after her twin toddlers.
I grew up in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area of Texas. I earned my undergraduate degree in Cognitive Science from the University of California: Berkeley, where I first studied neuroscience. At Berkeley, I worked as a Lab Manager and Research Assistant under Dr. David Whitney, researching visual perception of face ensembles and uncanniness. I am interested in how individual differences in brain networks affect performance at different tasks and how these brain networks change over time. In the future, I am hoping to explore the relationship between individual differences in brain network and psychiatric conditions.
I am a postdoctoral researcher in the Gratton lab. Meeting the demands of everyday life requires one to inhibit prepotent responses, ignore irrelevant stimuli, and complete extended action sequences. These behaviors fall under the domain of cognitive control. My research has focused on adjustments in cognitive control and task representation. Individual differences in cognitive control and the neural substrates of these differences are my primary interest areas. More generally, I am interested in the challenges facing network neuroscience that stem from human heterogeneity.