Daniel Howard Weissman is an associate professor of Psychology and the director of the Attention and Cognitive Control Laboratory.
Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Using a combination of behavioral methods and non-invasive brain imaging techniques, such as fMRI and EEG, Professor Weissman studies how humans to pay attention to stimuli of interest while minimizing distraction from irrelevant stimuli. An area of special interest concerns how the operation of mechanisms that detect and resolve conflict between competing mental representations influences the performance of cognitive tasks. Related interests include the operation of conflict processing mechanisms in real-world situations (e.g., deciding whether to exercise or watch TV) and in clinical syndromes that are characterized by abnormally high levels of conflict processing (e.g., obsessive compulsive disorder and addiction). They also include the study of individual differences in conflict processing in neurologically-intact populations and whether such differences relate to individual differences in other psychological processes.
Carp, J., Fitzgerald, K.D., Taylor, S.F., & Weissman, D.H. (2012). Removing the effect of response time on brain activity reveals developmental differences in conflict processing in the posterior medial prefrontal cortex. NeuroImage, 59, 853-860.
Carp, J., Kim, K., Taylor, S.F., Fitzgerald, K.D., & Weissman, D.H. (2010). Conditional differences in mean reaction time explain effects of response congruency, but not accuracy, on posterior medial prefrontal cortex activity. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2010.00231differences
Orr, J.M. & Weissman, D.H. (2009). Anterior cingulate cortex makes two contributions to minimizing distraction. Cerebral Cortex, 19, 703-711.
Weissman, D.H., Perkins, A.P., & Woldorff, M.G. (2008). Cognitive control in social situations: A role for the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex. Neuroimage, 40, 955-962.
Weissman, D.H., Gopalakrishnan, A., Hazlett, C.J., Woldorff, M.G. (2005). Dorsal anterior cingulate cortex resolves conflict from distracting stimuli by boosting attention toward relevant events. Cerebral Cortex, 15, 229-237.