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Scott Grafton Gene Tunik Antonia Hamilton Nichola Rice Stephanie Ortigue
Emily Cross Nick Wymbs

Nick Wymbs - Graduate Student

            My research interests focus on the relationship between thought and motor behavior and how this can be expressed through the flexibility and adaptation of directed movements. Currently, I am developing a protocol to study the cognitive processes that underlie motor sequence learning using the Contextual Interference (CI) effect. In addition, I am interested in questions on how we shape directed actions in response to environmental feedback. What does sensory information tell us about our intended movement? How can these experiences shape future directed movements? What can the motor activity of experts for highly specific movements in highly specific situations (such as musicians and athletes) tell us regarding similar movements produced by people in everyday life?  I hope to answer at least some of these questions at the Grafton Lab!

            New on the scene at the Grafton Lab, I arrived after completing a three year position as lab manager at the Brain Research Imaging Center (BRIC) at The University of Chicago. At BRIC, I used fMRI to study the cognitive mechanisms that are involved in the perception of sine wave speech stimuli. My involvement in this field of research compelled my interest to study the seemingly automatic yet highly complex and adaptive behaviors, such as directed action.    

            I first completed my degree in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame in 2002. At Notre Dame, I received my first glimpse inside the field of Cognitive Neuroscience using electroencephalograpghy (EEG) to study underlying mechanisms of memory of both normals and aging populations under the guidance of Dr. Robert West.


West, R., Jakubek., K., Wymbs, N., Perry, M., & Moore, K. (2005). The neural correlates of conflict processing. Experimental Brain Research. In press.

West, R. & Wymbs, N. (2004). Is detecting prospective cues the same as selecting targets? An ERP study. Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience, 4, 354-363.

West, R., Wymbs, N., Jakubek, K., & Herndon, R.W. (2003). Effects of intention load and background context on prospective load remembering: An event-related brain potential study. Psychophysiology, 40, 260-276.

West, R., Jakubek., & Wymbs, N. (2002). Age-related declines in prospective memory: Behavioral and electrophysiological evidence. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 26, 827-833. 

Peer Reviewed Abstracts:

Wymbs, N.F., Nusbaum, H.C., & Small, S.L. (2004, April). The informed perceiver: Neural correlates of linguistic expectation and speech perception. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience: Supplement 16.


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