Michael McCloskey

Homewood IRB Chair

Krieger 143A
By appointment
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My research focuses primarily on cognitive deficits in children and adults with brain damage or learning disabilities, including deficits in visual perception, reading, spelling, and memory. The goals are to gain insight into normal mental representations and processes and how these are instantiated in the brain, as well as to advance our understanding of cognitive deficits and how they may be treated. For example, my colleagues and I have uncovered a new form of reading impairment, in which visual awareness for letters and digits is selectively disrupted. In this deficit visual perception is normal except that the individual sees letters and/or digits only as blurs or jumbles of lines. We have identified two cases: RFS, a 61-year-old man with a progressive neurological disease, and MTS, a 12-year-old girl who suffered a stroke at age 10. In studying these individuals we are using behavioral, electrophysiological, and functional neuroimaging methods to address questions concerning the cognitive and neural representations underlying visual awareness and reading. We are also exploring, with considerable success, remediations for the reading impairments.

In addition to cognitive neuropsychological research, I explore visual-spatial cognition and lexical processing through empirical studies of normal individuals, computational modeling, and functional neuroimaging.

Finally, I am interested in foundational issues in cognitive science, including the rationale for adopting a representational/computational conception of the mind, the relationship between cognitive science and neuroscience, the fundamental distinctions between connectionist and symbolic frameworks, and the role of simulation in cognitive science (e.g., McCloskey, 1991).

  • AS.050.105 Introduction to Cognitive Neuropsychology
  • AS.050.315 Cognitive Neuropsychology of Visual Perception
  • AS.050.601 Theoretical and Methodological Issues in Cognitive Neuropsychology
  • AS.050.802 Research Seminar in Cognitive Processes

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M Hatfield, C Reilhac, H Cowley, E Chang, M McCloskey
Cognitive processes in spatial mapping: Evidence from a developmental spatial deficit
Cognitive Neuropsychology, 1-18, 2017

C Hepner, M McCloskey, B Rapp
Do reading and spelling share orthographic representations? Evidence from developmental dysgraphia
Cognitive Neuropsychology, 1-25, 2017

M McCloskey, B Rapp
Developmental dysgraphia: An overview and framework for research
Cognitive Neuropsychology, 1-18, 2017

T Chaisilprungraung, J German, M McCloskey
Principal Axes of Real-World Objects: Evidence from Orientation Reflection Errors
Journal of Vision 17 (10), 1239-1239, 2017

M McCloskey, T Chaisilprungraung
The value of cognitive neuropsychology: The case of vision research
Cognitive Neuropsychology, 1-8, 2017

M Hatfield, M McCloskey, S Park
Neural representation of object orientation: A dissociation between MVPA and Repetition Suppression
Neuroimage 139, 136-148, 2016

M Hatfield, M McCloskey, S Park
Neural representation of object orientation reveals dissociation between MVPA and Repetition Suppression
Journal of Vision 16 (12), 1312-1312, 2016

E Gregory, M McCloskey, Z Ovans, B Landau
Declarative memory and skill-related knowledge: Evidence from a case study of amnesia and implications for theories of memory
Cognitive neuropsychology 33 (3-4), 220-240, 2016

MM Mazzocco, A Quintero, MM Murphy, M McCloskey
Genetic syndromes as model pathways to mathematical learning difficulties: Fragile X, Turner, and 22q deletion syndromes
Development of mathematical cognition: Neural substrates and genetic …, 2016

Z Ma, M McCloskey, JI Flombaum
A deficit perceiving slow motion after brain damage and a parallel deficit induced by crowding.
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance 41 (5 …, 2015

M Hatfield, E Gregory, M McCloskey
The canonical upright in the representation of object orientation.
Journal of vision 15 (12), 238-238, 2015

S Fischer-Baum, M McCloskey
Representation of item position in immediate serial recall: Evidence from intrusion errors.
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition 41 (5), 1426, 2015

PM Mathews, GS Rubin, M McCloskey, S Salek, PY Ramulu
Severity of Vision Loss Interacts With Word-Specific Features to Impact Out-Loud Reading in GlaucomaReading in Glaucoma
Investigative ophthalmology & visual science 56 (3), 1537-1545, 2015

T Schubert, M McCloskey
Recognition of oral spelling is diagnostic of the central reading processes
Cognitive neuropsychology 32 (2), 80-88, 2015

J Medina, M McCloskey, H Coslett, B Rapp
Somatotopic representation of location: evidence from the Simon effect.
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance 40 (6 …, 2014

M McCloskey, T Schubert
Shared versus separate processes for letter and digit identification
Cognitive neuropsychology 31 (5-6), 437-460, 2014

M Hatfield, M McCloskey, S Park
Mirror-image confusion in object-selective cortex: Are all reflections alike?
Journal of Vision 14 (10), 1366-1366, 2014

Z Ma, M McCloskey, J Flombaum
Differentiating between object-dependent and transient-dependent motion percepts through crowding
Journal of Vision 14 (10), 278-278, 2014

AC Schapiro, E Gregory, B Landau, M McCloskey, NB Turk-Browne
The necessity of the medial temporal lobe for statistical learning
Journal of cognitive neuroscience 26 (8), 1736-1747, 2014

PM Mathews, M McCloskey, GS Rubin, PY Ramulu
Evaluating the Impact of Glaucoma and Word Features on Out-Loud Reading
Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science 55 (13), 4574-4574, 2014