Jessica Phillips, PhD

Scientist

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DEPARTMENT

WNPRC Scientific Protocol Implementation Services Unit Co-Head

CONTACT

Jessica Phillips email
(608) 209-7108

CURICULUM VITAE

Jessica Phillips Curriculum Vitae

ALIGNED RESEARCH FOCUS

As a scientist in the Scientific Protocol Implementation Unit, I provide scientific and logistical support in all biomedical research areas. Specific research interests and expertise include cognitive neuroscience, prefrontal cortical-subcortical interactions, mechanisms of dynamic neural functional connectivity, individual differences in cognitive control capabilities.

ORGAN SYSTEM / DISEASE FOCUS

Neural basis of cognitive control, schizophrenia

RESEARCH DESCRIPTION

I am interested in understanding how distributed brain regions cooperate to enable flexible behavior. I therefore investigate the neural mechanisms underlying cognitive control processes, which are essential for such behavior, using a combination of neuroimaging and multi-site electrophysiology in primates. Specifically, I aim to clarify the contributions of prefrontal cortical-subcortical interactions toward cognitive control processes, including the maintenance of information in working memory and the implementation of rules at varying levels of abstraction. I am also interested in characterizing how a breakdown in these processes results in sub-optimal behavior, how such lapses also give rise to post-error adjustments (to improve future behavior), the mechanisms that give rise to the individual variation in healthy individuals’ capabilities, and how these brain networks are altered in many psychiatric conditions.

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