Cognitive Neurodynamics Laboratory

"As long as our brain is a mystery, the universe, the reflection of the structure of the brain,  will also be a mystery."    

    -Santiago Ramon y Cajal (1852 - 1934)

The Cognitive Neurodynamics Laboratory is a research group within the Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences at Florida Atlantic University. The central goal of our laboratory is to understand the spatio-temporal dynamics of activity in the brain as it relates to cognitive function. Our theoretical and experimental studies focus on the investigation of large-scale networks in the cerebral cortex.

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Dr. Steven L. Bressler

Group Leader


Dr. Steven Bressler is Professor of Psychology at Florida Atlantic University, where he directs the Cognitive Neurodynamics Laboratory in the Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences. He received his BA from Johns Hopkins, his PhD from UC Berkeley, and his postdoctoral training at the EEG Systems Laboratory in San Francisco. He has made substantial contributions to the field of large-scale neural networks in the brain, with papers cited over 7400 times in leading research journals. His papers have been published in Nature (1993), Science (1983, 1987, 2012), and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science USA (2004). He served on the Board of Governors of INNS from 2009 to 2011, is an Action Editor for Neural Networks, and is on the editorial board of Computational Intelligence and Neuroscience. He has organized or co-organized a number of conferences on large-scale brain networks, including the 2007 NSF Conference on Brain Network Dynamics, the 2009 Symposium on Top-Down Mechanisms of Visual Attention, the 2010 NSF Conference on Neurocognitive Networks, and the 2011 IJCNN Special Symposium, From Brains to Machines.

 Tim Meehan


Graduate Student


Avisa Asemi


Graduate Student

I am working on a project that investigates the role of the anterior

cingulate cortex of the brain in top-down motor control in healthy

adolescent subjects.I have applied Granger causality analysis to

functional MRI data to quantify the pattern of top-down control between

the anterior cingulate cortex and the motor cortex during a controlled

finger movement task. 


Michael Mannino

Graduate Student

My research is in computational cognitive neuroscience and involves the investigation of large-scale neurocognitive networks by analysing simulated data from The Virtual Brain Project using computational causality modeling.


Wei Tang


Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital & Department of Radiology, Harvard Medical School (working with Dr. Stufflebeam.

Tracy Romano


FEMA Reports Analyst, Washington D.C.

Dissertation: Time-frequency classification of gamma oscillatory activity in the frontoparietal system during working memory

Andrea Brovelli, Researcher, Mediterranean Institute for Cognitive Neuroscience (INCM), CNRS-Universite de la Mediterranee, Marseille

Maciej Kaminski, Assistant Professor, Laboratory of Medical Physics, Institute of Experimental Physics, Warsaw University

Anders Ledberg, Postdoctoral Fellow, Computational Neuroscience, Department of Technology, Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Hualou Liang, Associate Professor, School of Biomedical Engineering, Drexel University

Sreenivasan Rajamoni, Research Fellow, NIMH MEG Core Facility, National Institute of Mental Health

Emmanuelle Tognoli, Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Complex Systems & Brain Sciences, Florida Atlantic University

Gonzalo Viana Di Prisco, Researcher, Department of Neurology, Baylor College of Medicine, Baylor University

Craig Richter, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Ernst Strungmann Institute, Frankfurt, Germany, Craig is in the Laboratory of Cognitive Neurosciences at ENS in Paris (working with Dr. Tallon-Baudry).

Dissertation: Functional Consequences of Top-Down Anticipatory Modulation of Primary Visual Cortex

Edward Modestino, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Virginia School of Medicine

Dissertation: The Neural Correlates of Endogenously Cued Covert Visuospatial Attentional Shifting in the Cue-Target Interval: An Electroencephalographic Study

Debra Taylor, Adjunct Faculty, Forsyth Technical College

Dissertation: Behavioral and Electroencephalographic Analysis of Visuomotor Coordination

Wilson Truccolo, Research Faculty, Department of Neuroscience, Brown University

Dissertation: Statistical Analysis of Dynamic Interdependence Patterns in the Cortex

Gene Wallenstein, Director, Cognitive Neurobiology Laboratory, Department of Psychology, Program in Neuroscience, University of Utah

Dissertation: Spatiotemporal Dynamics of the Human Brain Associated with Transitions in Coordination Timing

Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences

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