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Adam Aron


I am interested in how we stop and otherwise control our response tendencies (i.e. the field of ‘executive function’ or ‘cognitive control’). In humans we use experimental psychology behavioral paradigms along with the techniques of functional MRI, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, and EEG/deep brain recording. We also study neurological patients, including those with Parkinson’s disease. In a collaborative effort at UCSD, we also study response control in mice, using ontogenetics. I also pursue non-experimental, scholarly work on the psycho-social aspects of the climate crisis, and also teach on the topic.

  • Fife KH, Gutierrez-Reed  NA, Zell V, Bailly J, Lewis CM, Aron AR, Hnasko TS (2017). Causal role for the subthalamic nucleus in interrupting behavior. eLife
  • Wessel JR, Jenkinson N, Brittain JS, Voets SE, Aziz T, Aron AR (2016). Surprise disrupts cognition via a fronto-basal ganglia supressive mechanism. Nature Communications
  • Wessel JR, O'Doherty JP, Berkebile MM, Linderman D, Aron AR (2014). Stimulus devaluation induced by stopping action. J Exp Psychol Gen.
  • Swann NC, Tandon N, Pieters TA, Aron AR (2013). Intracranial electroencephalography reveals different temporal profiles for dorsal- and ventro-lateral prefrontal cortex in preparing to stop action. Cerebral Cortex.
  • Aron, A.R. and F. Verbruggen (2008). Stop the presses: dissociating a selective from a global mechanism for stopping. Psychol Sci
  • Aron AR, Poldrack RA (2006). Cortical and subcortical contributions to Stop signal response inhibition: role of the subthalamic nucleus. J Neuroscience.
  • Aron AR, Dowson JH, Sahakian BJ, Robbins TW (2003). Methylphenidate improves response inhibition in adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Biological Psychiatry.
  • Aron, A.R., P.C. Fletcher, E.T. Bullmore, B.J. Sahakian, and T.W. Robbins (2003). Stop-signal inhibition disrupted by damage to right inferior frontal gyrus in humans. Nat Neurosci

Updated Aug 2018