Ph.D., University of Iowa (2013)
Keywords: executive function, cognitive development, cognitive neuroscience, computational neuroscience
My research aims to create an integrated understanding of the behavioral and neural dynamics of executive function over development.
I study the development of executive function using a combination of behavioral, neural, and computational methods. The primary questions I address in my research center around how perception and action are integrated in a controlled, goal-directed fashion. Specifically, I use dynamic field theory, which is a class of dynamic systems models, to formally integrate behavioral and neural processes. The primary neuroimaging technique I use in my lab is Near-infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS) which allows for measuring functional neural activation in infancy and early childhood.
- University of Iowa, Lewis Award in Experimental Psychology, 2013
- Delta Center Conference Travel Award, 2011
- Society for Research in Child Development Conference Travel Award, 2011
- University of Iowa, J. R. Simon Early Scholarship Award, 2009
- Cognitive Science Society Conference Travel Award, 2008
2018 The neurocognitive dynamics of learning and executive function
Agency: National Institutes of Health
Type of Grant: Research grant
Total Amount: $1,096,000
- 2012 Integrating Perception and Action in a Neural Field Theory of Response Selection
Agency: National Science Foundation
Type of Grant: Research grant
Role: Co-PI (Eliot Hazeltine, Tim Wifall, John Spencer)
Total Amount: $100,000
Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
- Buss, A. T. & Kerr-German, A. N. (2019). Dimensional attention as a mechanism of executive function development: Integrating flexibility, selectivity, and stability. Cognition, 192, 104003.
- Buss, A. T., Ross-Sheehy, S., & Reynolds, G. (2018). Visual working memory in early development: A development cognitive neuroscience perspective. Journal of Neurophysiology, 120, 1472-1483.
- Costello, M. C. & Buss, A. T. (2018). Age-related decline in visual working memory: Behavioral results simulated with a dynamic neural field model. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 30(10), 1532-1548.
- Buss, A. T. & Spencer, J. P. (2018). Changes in frontal and posterior cortical activity underlie the early emergence of executive function. Developmental Science, 21(4), e12602.
- Defenderfer, J., Kerr-German, A., Hedrick, M., & Buss, A. T. (2017) Investigating the role of temporal lobe activation in speech perception accuracy with normal hearing adults: An event-related design. Neuropsychologia, 106, 31-41.
- Buss, A. T. & Spencer, J. P. (2014). The emergent executive: A dynamic field theory of the development of executive function. Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development, 79(2).
- Buss, A. T., Wifall, T., Hazeltine, E., & Spencer, J. P. (2014). Integrating the behavioral and neural dynamics of response selection in a dual-task paradigm: A dynamic neural field model of Dux et al. (2009). Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 26, 334-351.
- Buss, A. T., Fox, N., Boas, D. A., & Spencer, J. P. (2014). Probing the early development of visual working memory capacity with functional near-infrared spectroscopy. NeuroImage, 85, 314-325.
- Buss, A. T. & Lowery, K. (in press). Inhibitory control and executive function. In J. B. Benson (Ed.), The Encyclopedia of Infant and Early Childhood Development (2nd Ed). Elsevier: Oxford.
- Buss, A. T. (2017). Computational models of executive function development. In S. Wiebe and J. Karbach (Eds.), Frontiers in Developmental Science: Lifespan Development and Plasticity of Executive Function. Taylor & Francis: New York, NY, (pp. 124-144).
- Buss, A. T., Wifall, T. & Hazeltine, E. (2016). The emergence of higher-level cognitive flexibility: Dynamic field theory and executive function. In J. P. Spencer and G. S. Schöner (Eds.), Dynamic Thinking—A Primer on Dynamic Field Theory. Oxford University Press: New York, NY, (pp. 327-352).