Christina Figueroa

Christina Figueroa graduated from the University of Arizona in 2007 with a B.S. in psychology and a minor in pre-law. As an undergrad, Christina worked as a research assistant in psychophysiological, clinical, and linguistic research. After graduating, she took the position as Laboratory Manager for the Laboratory of Neural Computation and Cognition at the University of Arizona, which later transferred to Brown University. While with the LNCC, Christina investigated the differential effects of medication on the cognitive process of Parkinson's disease patients. She remained with the lab for three years. Christina is currently in her second year at Marquette University where she is investigating reinforcement learning and memory process in elders at risk for Alzheimer’s Disease. During her free time, Christina enjoys listening to music, reading, indulging in TV shows, cooking, traveling, and spending time with her family, friends, and dog.

PUBLICATIONS

Cavanagh, J.F., Figueroa, C.M., Cohen, M.X, & Frank, M.J. (2011). Frontal theta reflects uncertainty and unexpectedness in exploration and exploitation. Cerebral Cortex. Advance online publication. doi:10.1093/cercor/bhr332

Cavanagh, J.F., Wiecki, T.V., Cohen, M.X, Figueroa, C.M., Samanta, J., Sherman S.J.,& Frank, M.J. (2011). Subthalamic nucleus stimulation reverses mediofrontal influence over decision threshold. Nature Neuroscience, 14(11), 1462-1467. doi: 10.1038/nn.2925

Gründler, T.O.J., Cavanagh, J.F., Figueroa, C., Frank, M.J., & Allen, J.J.B. (2009). Task-related Dissociation in ERN Amplitude as a Function of Obsessive-Compulsive Symptoms. Neuropsychologia, 47, 1978-1987.

MANUSCRIPTS IN PREPARATION

Figueroa, C. M., Hazlett, K. E., Nielson, K.A., Woodard, J.L., Smith, J.C., Seidenberg, M., Durgerian, S., & Rao, S.M. (in preparation). Predictive Ability of Intraindividual Variability in Healthy Elders at Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease.


CONFERENCE POSTER PRESENTATIONS

Figueroa, C. M., Hazlett, K. E., Nielson, K.A., Woodard, J.L., Smith, J.C., Seidenberg, M., Durgerian, S., Hantke, N.C., Sugarman, M.A., Kay, C.D., Kandah, C.C., Norman, A.L., Lancaster, M.A., Matthews, M.A., & Rao, S.M. (February, 2013). Predictive Ability of Intraindividual Variability in Healthy Elders at Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease. Poster presented at the 41st Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society, Waikoloa, Hawaii.

Hazlett, K. E., Figueroa, C. M., Nielson, K.A., Durgerian, S., Woodard, J.L., Smith, J.C., Seidenberg, M., Hantke, N.C., Sugarman, M.A., Kay, C.D., Kandah, C.C., Norman, A.L., Lancaster, M.A., Matthews, M.A., & Rao, S.M. (February, 2013). Longitudinal Change in Parahippocampal Cortical Thickness as a Function of Cognitive Decline and Genetic Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease. Poster presented at the 41st Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society, Waikoloa, Hawaii.

Nielson, K.A., Woodard, J.L., Hazlett, K.E., Figueroa, C.M., Seidenberg, M., Smith, J.C., Durgerian, S., Hantke, N.C., Sugarman, M.A., Kay, C. D., Kandah, C. C., Norman, A., Lancaster, M.A., Matthews, M.A., & Rao, S.M. (February, 2013). Episodic Memory, Hippocampal Activation During Encoding, and Eventual Cognitive Decline in Elders: the Importance of Correct Rejections. Poster presented at the 41st Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society, Waikoloa, Hawaii.

Woodard, J.L., Nielson, K.A., Seidenberg, M., Smith, J.C., Durgerian, S., Sugarman, M.A., Norman, A.L., Lancaster, M.A., Matthews M.A., Kandah, C.C., Kay, C.D.,Figueroa, C.M., Hazlett, K.E., & Rao, S.M. (February, 2013). Use of Automated Hippocampal Subfield Segmentation for Predicting Probability of Cognitive Decline in Healthy Older Adults. Poster presented at the 41st Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society, Waikoloa, Hawaii.

Smith, J. C., Nielson, K. A., Woodard, J. L., Seidenberg, M., Durgerian, S., Hantke, N. C., Lancaster, M. A., Matthews, M. A., Sugarman, M., Figueroa, C. M., Hazlett, K. E., Kay, C. D., Norman, A., Kandah, C. C., & Rao, S.M. (February, 2013). Longitudinal Associations Between Physical Activity, Cognitive Decline, and Hippocampal Volume in Healthy APOE-ε4 Carriers. Poster presented at the 41st Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society, Waikoloa, Hawaii.

Kay, C. D., Seidenberg, M., Kandah, C. C., Matthews, M. A., Lancaster, M. A., Durgerian, S., Nielson, K. A., Woodard, J. L., Smith, J. C., Figueroa, C. M., Hazlett, K. E., Hantke, N. C., Sugarman, M., Norman, A. L., & Rao, S.M. (February, 2013). Fine Motor Variability, APOE-ε4, and Longitudinal Memory Outcome in Healthy Elders. Poster presented at the 41st Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society, Waikoloa, Hawaii.

Figueroa, C.M., & Nielson, K. (November, 2011). Decision Making in Implicit Memory Processes of Healthy Elders at High Versus Low Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease. Poster presented at Forward Thinking, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Hersman, S., Figueroa, C., Badre, D., & Frank, M.J. (November, 2010). Dopamingeric Modulation of Working Memory Pathways: Influence of Contextual Cues on the Discovery of Hierarchical Relationships. Poster presented at Society for Neuroscience, San Diego, California.

Nguyen, E., Figueroa, C., & Frank, M.J. (August, 2010). Uncertainty and Exploration in Subjects with OCD Tendencies. Poster presented at the Summer Research Symposium, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island.

Cavanagh, J., Figueroa, C., Cohen, M., & Frank, M. (April, 2010). Prefrontal Activities Contributing To Reward Exploration. Poster presented at Cognitive Neuroscience Society, San Francisco, California.

Cohen, M.X., Cavanagh, J.F., Figueroa, C.M., Spitler, K., Sherman S., Allen, J.J.B., & Frank, M.J. (November, 2008). Deep Brain Stimulation to the Subthalamic Nucleus Modulates Conflict Processing and Cortical Oscillatory Dynamics in Parkinson's Patients. Poster presented at the Society for Neuroscience, Washington, D.C.

Cavanagh, J.F. Gründler, T.O.J., Figueroa, C., Kaczkurkin, A., Frank, M.J. & Allen, J.J.B. (April, 2008). sLORETA Reveals Resting Anterior Cingulate Theta Band Power Differences in High vs. Low Obsessive Compulsive Symptomology. Poster presented at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, San Francisco, California.

Gründler, T.O.J., Cavanagh, J.F, Figueroa, C., Frank, M.J. & Allen, J.J.B. (2008). Task related dissociation in performance monitoring as a function of obsessive – compulsive symptoms. Poster presented at the International Organization of Psychophysiology. St. Petersburg, Russia.


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