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Lars A. Ross, Ph. D.
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Dr. Ross investigates how the human brain integrates in formation from different sensory modalities. Past and present studies investigate conditions under which the benefit of seeing a speakers face in a speech perception task is optimal. He has studied multisensory integration in speech perception in neurotypical individuals, patients with schizophrenia, children with autism and over the course of the life span from childhood into older adulthood.
FUNCTIONS OF THE ANTERIOR TEMPORAL LOBE
The anterior temporal lobes (ATLs) are a somewhat mysterious part of the brain and several models exist about their functional significance. With his former postdoctoral supervisor Dr. Ingrid Olson he conduct experiments that were intended to shed light on the function of the ATLs and to explain their engagement in diverse tasks. He used functional imaging (fMRI) and transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) in young and older healthy volunteers, to investigate ATL function in different tasks involving social cognition, theory of mind, semantics and person memory.
Born in Germany he studied Psychology at the Humboldt University Berlin and earned a masters degree (Dipl. Psych.) with an emphasis in cognitive neuroscience. He joined the doctoral program in cognitive neuroscience at the City University New York where he was awarded a doctoral degree in 2008. After a two- year postdoctoral fellowship at Temple University and University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia he joined the Cognitive Neurophysiology Laboratory at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine as a senior postdoctoral fellow.
Ross, L.A., McCoy, D., Wolk, D Coslett, H.B., Olson, I.R. (2010). Improved proper name recall by electrical stimulation of the anterior temporal lobes. Neuropsychologia. Doi: 10.1016. 2010.07.024
Ross, L.A., Olson, I.R. (2010). Social Cognition and the Anterior Temporal Lobes. NeuroImage. 49; 3452-3462.
Ross, L.A., Saint-Amour, D., Leavitt, V., Javitt, D.C., Molholm, S. & Foxe J.J. (2007). Impaired Multisensory Processing in Schizophrenia: Deficits in Visual Enhancement of Speech Comprehension Under Noisy Environmental Conditions. Schizophrenia Res., 97 (1-3), 173-183.
Ross, L.A., Saint-Amour, D., Leavitt, V., Javitt, D.C. & Foxe J.J. (2007). “Do you see what I’m saying? Optimal Visual Enhancement of Speech Comprehension in noisy environments”. Cerebral Cortex, 17(5), 1147-53.
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