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Geoffrey F. Woodman

Associate Professor of Psychology
Director of Graduate Studies
Co-Director of National Eye Institute T32 to the Vanderbilt Vision Research Center

Geoffrey Woodman's research examines how mechanisms of visual attention and visual working memory influence how we interact with the world around us. Specifically, how the primate visual system performs figure-ground segregation, attentional deployment during the processing of complex scenes, temporary storage of information in visual working memory, and cognitive control during task performance.

Representative Publications

 Reinhart, R.M.G. & Woodman, G.F. (2014).   Oscillatory coupling reveals the dynamic reorganization of large-scale neural networks as cognitive demands change. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 26, 175-188. PMCID: PMC3990735.

 Kang, M.-S. & Woodman, G.F. (2014).  Probing the role of microsaccades in the generation of human neurophysiological index of visual working memory maintenance. Neuropsychologia, 56, 63-72. PMCID: PMC3974880. 

 Kang, M.-S., DiRaddo, A., Logan, G.D. & Woodman, G.F. (2014).   Electrophysiological evidence for preparatory reconfiguration before voluntary task switches but not cued task switches. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 21, 454-461. PMCID: PMC3933470.

 Reinhart, R.M.G. & Woodman, G.F. (2014).   Causal control of medial-frontal cortex governs performance monitoring and learning. Journal of Neuroscience, 34, 4214-4227. PMCID: PMC3960465.

 Godlove, D.C., Maier, A., Woodman, G.F. & Schall, J.D. (2014).  Microcircuitry of agranular frontal cortex relative to the canonical cortical microcircuit. Journal of Neuroscience, 34, 5355-5369. PMCID: PMC3983808.

 Reinhart, R.M.G. & Carlisle, N.B. & Woodman, G.F. (2014). Visual working memory gives up attentional control early in learning: Ruling out inter-hemispheric competition.  Psychophysiology, 51, 800-804. PMCID: PMC4107137.

 Reinhart, R.M.G. & Woodman, G.F. (2014).   High stakes trigger the use of multiple memories to enhance the control of attention. Cerebral Cortex, 24, 2022-2035. PMCID: PMC4089381.

 Ko, P.C., Duda, B., Hussey, E., Mason, E., Molitor, R., Woodman, G.F. & Ally, B.A. (2014) Understanding age-related reductions in visual working memory capacity: Examining the stages of change detection. Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, 76, 2015-2030. PMCID: PMC4098047.

 Wong, T.K., Peng, C., Fratus, K.N., Woodman, G.F. & Gauthier, I. (2014) Perceptual expertise for musical notation engages the primary visual cortex with top-down expectation. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 26, 1629-1643. PMCID: PMC4074229.

 Maxcey, A.M. & Woodman, G.F. (2014).  Forgetting induced by recognition of visual images. Visual Cognition, 22, 789-808. PMCID: PMC4339795.

 Reinhart, R.M.G. & Woodman, G.F. (2015). Enhancing long-term memory with stimulation tunes visual attention in one trial. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 112, 625-630. PMCID: PMC4299199.

 Fukuda, K. & Woodman, G.F. (2015). Predicting and improving recognition memory using single-trial electrophysiology. Psychological Science, 26, 1026-1037.

 Maxcey, A.M., Fukuda, K., Song, W.S. & Woodman, G.F.  (2015). Using electrophysiology to to demonstrate that cueing affects long-term memory storage over the short term. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review. [Jan 21, Epub ahead of print] PMCID: PMC4510034.

 Reinhart, R.M.G. McClenahan, L.J. & Woodman, G.F. (2015). Visualizing trumps vision when training attention. Psychological Science, 26, 1114-1122. PMCID: PMC4504754.

 Reinhart, R.M.G. & Woodman, G.F. (2015). The surprising temporal specificity of direct-current stimulation. Trends in Neurosciences, 38, 459-461. 

 Reinhart, R.M.G., Zhu, J., Park, S. & Woodman, G.F. (2015). Synchronizing theta oscillations with direct-current stimulation restores adaptive control in schizophrenia. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, 112(30), 9448-9453. PMCID: PMC4522782.

 Reinhart, R.M.G., Zhu, J., Park, S. & Woodman, G.F. (2015). Medial-frontal stimulation enhances learning in schizophrenia by restoring prediction-error signaling. Journal of Neuroscience, 35, 12232-12240. PMCID: PMC4556788

 Cosman, J.D.,  Atreya, P.V. & Woodman, G.F. (2015). Transient reduction of visual distraction following electrical stimulation of the prefrontal cortex. Cognition, 145, 73-76.PMCID: In Process

 Cosman, J.D.,  Arita, J.T. & Ianni, J.D. & Woodman, G.F. (2016). Electrophysiological measurement of information flow control in the human brain.  Psychophysiology, 52, 535-543.

 Reinhart, R.M.G., McClenahan, L.J. & Woodman, G.F. (2016). Attention’s accelerator. Psychological Science, 27, 790-798.

 Reinhart, R.M.G., Xiao, W., McClenahan, L.J. & Woodman, G.F. (in press). Electrical stimulation of visual cortex can immediately improve spatial vision. Current Biology.  NIHMSID 786795.


Young Investigator Award, Vision Sciences Society, 2012

Troland Award from the National Academy of Sciences, 2016