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Dr. Derek Nee

University of Michigan, 2008

Assistant Professor

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Dr. Nee is considering recruiting a graduate student for Fall of 2022

Research Interests

Derek Nee uses fMRI and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to examine the neural mechanisms underlying cognitive control and working memory. In the domain of cognitive control, he seeks to understand how the functional organization of the prefrontal cortex supports the influence of goals and contexts to guide deliberate control over behavior. In the domain of working memory, he explores how the coordination of multiple brain structures underpins the transformation of percepts into thoughts, and the dynamic trajectory those thoughts take in mind. He uses fMRI to reveal the neural correlates of these processes and model interactions between brain regions. This is complemented by TMS to establish the necessity of brain regions to functions.

Selected Publications

Nee, D.E. & D'Esposito, M. (2016). The hierarchical organization of the lateral prefrontal cortex. eLife, 5, e12112.

Rahnev, D., Nee, D.E., Riddle, J., Larson, A., & D'Esposito, M. (2016). Causal evidence for frontal cortex organization for perceptual decision-making. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 113(21), 6059-6064.

Nee, D.E., Jahn, A., & Brown, J.W. (2014). Prefrontal cortex organization: Dissociating effects of temporal abstraction, relational abstraction, and integration with fMRI. Cerebral Cortex, 24(9), 2377-2387.

Eich, T.S., Nee, D.E., Insel, C., Malapani, C., & Smith, E.E. (2014). Neural correlates of impaired control over working memory in schizophrenia. Biological Psychiatry, 76(2), 146-153.

Nee, D.E. & Jonides, J. (2014). Frontal-medial temporal interactions mediate transitions among representational states in short-term memory. Journal of Neuroscience, 34(23), 7964-7975.

Nee, D.E. & Jonides, J. (2013). Trisecting representational states in short-term memory. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7, 796.

Nee, D.E. & Brown, J.W. (2013). Dissociable frontal-striatal and frontal-parietal networks involved in updating hierarchical contexts in working memory. Cerebral Cortex, 23(9), 2146-2158.

Nee, D.E. & Jonides, J. (2013). Neural evidence for a 3-state model of visual short-term memory. NeuroImage, 74, 1-11.

Nee, D.E., Brown, J.W., Askren, M.K., Berman, M.G., Demiralp, E., Krawitz, A., & Jonides, J. (2013). A meta-analysis of executive components of working memory. Cerebral Cortex, 23(2), 264-282.

Nee, D.E. & Brown, J.W. (2012). Rostral-caudal gradients of abstraction revealed by multi-variate pattern analysis of working memory. NeuroImage, 63, 1285-1294.

Nee, D.E. & Jonides, J. (2011). Dissociable contributions of prefrontal cortex and the hippocampus to short-term memory: Evidence for a 3-state model of memory. NeuroImage, 54, 1540-1548.

Joormann, J., Nee, D.E., Berman, M.G., Jonides, J., & Gotlib, I.H. (2010). Interference resolution in major depression. Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience, 10(1), 21-33.

Nee, D.E. & Jonides, J. (2008). Neural correlates of access to short-term memory. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 105, 14228-14233.


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