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Emily Stern

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    Research interests:
    • Functional neuroimaging of cognitive processes in obsessive-compulsive disorder
    • Default mode network activity and interactions with executive functioning
    • Role of imagination in judgment and decision-making
    • Likelihood estimation, loss aversion, and uncertainty in anxiety
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Stern ER, Gonzalez R, Welsh RC, Taylor SF. Medial frontal cortex and anterior insula are less sensitive to outcome predictability when monetary stakes are higher. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience 2013; doi: 10.1093/scan/nst154.

Perkins SC, Welsh RC, Stern ER, Taylor SF, Fitzgerald KD. Topographic analysis of the development of individual activation patterns during performance monitoring in medial frontal cortex. Developmental cognitive neuroscience 2013 Sep; 6C.

Stern ER, Fitzgerald KD, Welsh RC, Abelson JL, Taylor SF. Resting-State Functional Connectivity between Fronto-Parietal and Default Mode Networks in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. PloS one 2012; 7(5).

Stern ER, Welsh RC, Gonzalez R, Fitzgerald KD, Abelson JL, Taylor SF. Subjective uncertainty and limbic hyperactivation in obsessive-compulsive disorder. Human Brain Mapping 2013; 34(8): 1956-1970.

Fitzgerald KD, Welsh RC, Stern ER, Angstadt M, Hanna GL, Abelson JL, Taylor SF. Developmental alterations of frontal-striatal-thalamic connectivity in obsessive-compulsive disorder. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 2011 Sep; 50(9): 938-948.

Stern ER, Welsh RC, Fitzgerald KD, Gehring WJ, Lister JJ, Himle JA, Abelson JL, Taylor SF. Hyperactive error responses and altered connectivity in ventromedial and frontoinsular cortices in obsessive-compulsive disorder. Biological psychiatry 2011 Mar; 69(6): 583-591.

Fitzgerald KD, Stern ER, Angstadt M, Nicholson-Muth KC, Maynor MR, Welsh RC, Hanna GL, Taylor SF. Altered function and connectivity of the medial frontal cortex in pediatric obsessive-compulsive disorder. Biological psychiatry 2010 Dec; 68(11): 1039-1047.

Stern ER, Gonzalez R, Welsh RC, Taylor SF. Updating beliefs for a decision: neural correlates of uncertainty and underconfidence. The Journal of neuroscience 2010 Jun; 30(23): 8032-8041.

Stern ER, Liu Y, Gehring WJ, Lister JJ, Yin G, Zhang J, Fitzgerald KD, Himle JA, Abelson JL, Taylor SF. Chronic medication does not affect hyperactive error responses in obsessive-compulsive disorder. Psychophysiology 2010 Sep; 47(5): 913-920.

Fitzgerald KD, Perkins SC, Angstadt M, Johnson T, Stern ER, Welsh RC, Taylor SF. The development of performance-monitoring function in the posterior medial frontal cortex. NeuroImage 2010 Feb; 49(4): 3463-3473.

Stern ER, Welsh RC, Fitzgerald KD, Taylor SF. Topographic analysis of individual activation patterns in medial frontal cortex in schizophrenia. Human brain mapping 2009 Jul; 30(7): 2146-2156.

Stern ER, Blair C, Peterson BS. Inhibitory deficits in Tourette's syndrome. Developmental psychobiology 2008 Jan; 50(1): 9-18.

Taylor SF, Stern ER, Gehring WJ. Neural systems for error monitoring: recent findings and theoretical perspectives. The Neuroscientist 2007 Apr; 13(2): 160-172.

Stern ER, Wager TD, Egner T, Hirsch J, Mangels JA. Preparatory neural activity predicts performance on a conflict task. Brain research 2007 Oct; 1176: 92-102.

Stern ER, Mangels JA. An electrophysiological investigation of preparatory attentional control in a spatial Stroop task. Journal of cognitive neuroscience 2006 Jun; 18(6): 1004-1017.

Stern ER, Horvitz JC, Côté LJ, Mangels JA. Maintenance of response readiness in patients with Parkinson's disease: evidence from a simple reaction time task. Neuropsychology 2005 Jan; 19(1): 54-65.

Stern ER, Rotello CM. Memory characteristics of recently imagined events and real events experienced previously. The American journal of psychology 2000; 113(4): 569-590.

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Dr. Stern did not report having any of the following types of financial relationships with industry during 2014 and/or 2015: consulting, scientific advisory board, industry-sponsored lectures, service on Board of Directors, participation on industry-sponsored committees, equity ownership valued at greater than 5% of a publicly traded company or any value in a privately held company. Please note that this information may differ from information posted on corporate sites due to timing or classification differences.

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