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Elisabeth J. Ploran

Assistant Professor of Psychology


Degrees

PHD, 2010, Univ Pittsburgh Pittsburgh; MS, 2008, Univ Pittsburgh Pittsburgh; BA, 2004, Drew Univ


Bio

Elisabeth Ploran is an Assistant Professor in Cognitive Neuroscience, teaching courses in Sensation & Perception, Research Methods, and Cognition, as well as Behavioral Neuroscience on occasion. She received her dual B.A. degree in Psychology and Political Science from Drew University in 2004, M.S. in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh in 2008, and Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of Pittsburgh in 2010. Her dissertation focused on perceptual decision processes under the mentorship of Mark E. Wheeler. She then spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow under the mentorship of Raja Parasuraman and Jim Thompson at George Mason University in Virginia studying spatial memory and spatial cognition.

In addition to teaching, Dr. Ploran is working on several projects investigating hippocampal and striatal contributions to spatial navigation and memory using fMRI, real-world navigation with colleagues at West Point and Quantico, the neural substrates of perceptual decisions with colleagues at University of Pittsburgh, and amygdala function during fear discrimination with colleagues at University of Michigan.


Research Interests

Spatial cognition, spatial memory, perceptual decisions, describing cognitive deficits and addressing cognitive deficits in a tailored way

Recent Courses Taught

Course Title Level
PSY 095 RESEARCH EXPERIENCE IN PSY Undergraduate
PSY 099 INTERNSHIP IN PSYCHOLOGY Undergraduate
PSY 100 HONORS IN PSYCHOLOGY Undergraduate
PSY 141 RESRCH METH & DESIGN Undergraduate
PSY 164 COGNITION Undergraduate
PSY 166 SENSATION & PERCEPTION Undergraduate
PSY 194 RESEARCH SEM: NEUROSCIENCE Undergraduate
PSY 214 NEURAL BASES BEHAVR Graduate
PSY 223 RES DESIGN II: INDEP PROJECTS Graduate
PSY 604 DISSERTATION ADVISEMENT Graduate
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