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John P. Spencer is a Professor of Psychology. He joined the School in 2015. Prior to arriving in the UK, he was a Professor at the University of Iowa and served as the founding Director of the DeLTA Center. He received a Sc.B. with Honors from Brown University in 1991 and a Ph.D. from Indiana University in 1998. He is the recipient of the 2003 Early Research Contributions Award from the Society for Research in Child Development, and the 2006 Robert L. Fantz Memorial Award from the American Psychological Foundation. His research has been continuously funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health since 2001. His research focuses on the development of executive function including working memory, attention, and inhibitory control. He is also a pioneer in the use of dynamical systems and dynamic neural field models for understanding cognition and action.
Bhat, A., Spencer, J.P. & Samuelson, L.K. (in press). Word-object learning via visual exploration in space (WOLVES): A neural process model of cross-situational word learning. Psychological Review.
Jenkins, G.W., Samuelson, L.K., Penny, W. & Spencer, J.P. (2021). Learning words in space and time: Contrasting models of the suspicious coincidence effect. Cognition, 210, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cognition.2020.104576.
Buss, A.T., Magnotta, V., Penny, W., Schoner, G., Huppert, T. & Spencer, J.P. (2021). How do neural processes give rise to cognition? Simultaneously predicting brain and behavior with a dynamic model of visual working memory. Psychological Review, http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/rev0000264.
Spencer, J.P. (2020). The development of working memory. Current Directions in Psychological Science, doi/10.1177/0963721420959835.
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Prof. John Spencer’s research focuses on how neural and cognitive dynamics change over learning and development. He is currently studying developmental changes in working memory, attention, inhibitory control, executive function, word learning, and spatial cognition and language. He uses functional neuroimaging technologies including near-infrared spectroscopy and fMRI as well as eye-tracking. Prof. Spencer’s research also targets advances in theory with pioneering work using concepts of dynamical systems theory and dynamic neural field models of cognition and action.
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4/03/22 → 3/03/25
Infant Brain Health in India: Assessing and Enhancing Working Memory Capacity via a Neurobehavioral Toolkit
Spencer, J. & Wijeakumar, S.
24/11/16 → 31/01/20
4/08/15 → 30/04/22
Neural interactions in working memory explain decreased recall precision and similarity-based feature repulsionJohnson, J., van Lamsweerde, A., Dineva, E. & Spencer, J., 22 Oct 2022, In: Scientific Reports. 12, 17756.
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Testing predictions of a neural process model of visual attention in infancy across competitive and non-competitive contextsSpencer, J., Ross-Sheehy, S. & Eschman, B., Mar 2022, In: Infancy. 27, 2, p. 389-411 23 p.
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Word-Object Learning via Visual Exploration in Space (WOLVES): A neural process account of cross-situational word learningBhat, A., Spencer, J. P. & Samuelson, L. K., 1 Jul 2022, In: Psychological Review. 129, 4, p. 640–695 56 p.
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How do neural processes give rise to cognition? Simultaneously predicting brain and behavior with a dynamic model of visual working memoryBuss, A. T., Magnotta, V., Penny, W. D., Schöner, G., Huppert, T. & Spencer, J., Mar 2021, In: Psychological Review. 128, 2, p. 362–395 34 p.
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Jenkins, G. W., Samuelson, L., Penny, W. D. & Spencer, J., May 2021, In: Cognition. 210, 104576.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile2 Citations (Scopus)5 Downloads (Pure)