Aron Keith Barbey

Aron Keith Barbey
Associate Professor of Psychology
(217) 244-2551
2251 Beckman Institute
(217) 244-2551
2251 Beckman Institute

Research Topics

  • Bioimaging at Multi-Scale


  • Ph.D., Psychology, Emory University

Academic Positions

  • Associate Professor, Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology
  • Associate Professor, Carl Woese Institute for Genomic Biology
  • Associate Professor, Department of Bioengineering
  • Associate Professor, Department of Psychology

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Research Topics

  • Bioimaging at Multi-Scale

Research Interests

  • Cognitive neuroscience of human thought, reasoning, and decision making
  • Executive dysfunction in cognitive aging and traumatic brain injury
  • Effects of cognitive, fitness, and nutritional intervention on executive function and brain health

Selected Articles in Journals

  • Nikolaidis A, Barbey AK. Forthcoming. Network Dynamics Theory of Human Intelligence. In Jung R, and Vartanian O, editors. The Cambridge Handbook of the Neuroscience of Creativity: Cambridge University Press.
  • Nikolaidis A, Baniqued P, Kranz M, Newman M, Scavuzzo C, Paul EJ, Barbey AK, Kramer AF, Larsen R. In press. Multivariate associations of NAA and fluid intelligence. Cerebral Cortex.
  • Operskalski JT, Barbey AK. In Press. Methodological considerations in cognitive training research. Frontiers in Psychology.
  • Operskalski JT, Barbey AK. In Press. Risk literacy in medical decision making. Science.
  • Paul EJ, Larsen RJ, Nikolaidis A, Ward N, Hillman CH, Cohen NJ, Kramer AF, Barbey AK. In Press. Dissociable brain biomarkers of fluid intelligence. NeuroImage.
  • Ponsoda V, Martinez K, Pineda-Pardo JA, Abad FJ, Olea J, Roman FJ, Barbey AK, Colom R. In Press. Structural brain connectivity and cognitive ability differences: A multivariate distance matrix regression analysis. Human Brain Mapping.
  • Sloman SA, Barbey AK. In press. The basic assumptions of intuitive belief: Laws, determinism, and free will. In Macchi L, Bagassi M, and Viale R, editors. Human Rationality: Thinking Thanks to Constraints. Cambridge: MIT Press.
  • Watson P, Paul EJ, Cooke G, Ward N, Allen C, Hillman C, Cohen NJ, Kramer AF, Barbey AK. In Press. Underlying sources of cognitive-anatomical variation in multimodal cognitive testing and neuroimaging of a large sample. NeuroImage.
  • Zamroziewicz MK, Barbey AK. In Press. Nutritional neuroscience: Innovations for healthy brain aging. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience. (Tier 2).
  • Zamroziewicz MK, Paul EJ, Zwilling C, Johnson EJ, Kuchan MJ, Cohen NJ, Barbey AK. In Press. Parahippocampal Cortex Mediates the Relationship between Lutein and Crystallized Intelligence in Healthy, Older Adults. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience.
  • Zamroziewicz MK, Paul EJ, Zwilling C, Barbey AK. In Press. Inferior prefrontal cortex mediates the relationship between phosphatidylcholine and executive functions in healthy, older adults.
  • Barbey AK, Belli A, Logan A, Rubin R, Zamroziewicz, M, Operskalski, JT. 2015. Network topology and dynamics in traumatic brain injury. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences.
  • Lewis J, Krueger F, Solomon J, Barbey AK, Poore J, Grafman J, Wassermann E. 2015. Anhedonia in combat veterans with penetrating head injury. Brain Imaging and Behavior.
  • Operskalski JT, Paul EJ, Colom R, Barbey AK, Grafman J. 2015. Lesion mapping the four-factor structure of emotional intelligence. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.
  • Patterson R, Operskalski JT, Barbey AK. 2015. Motivated explanation. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.
  • Paul EJ, Smith JD, Valentin VV, Turner B, Barbey AK, Ashby FG. 2015. Neural networks underlying the metacognitive uncertainty response. Cortex.
  • Van Hoeck N, Watson PD, Barbey AK. 2015. Counterfactual reasoning. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.
  • Wolff P, Barbey AK. 2015. Causal reasoning with forces. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.
  • Zamroziewicz MK, Paul EJ, Rubin RD, Barbey AK. 2015. Anterior cingulate cortex mediates the relationship between O3PUFAs and executive functions in APOE e4 carriers. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience.
  • Barbey AK, Colom R, Paul EJ, Chau A, Solomon J, Grafman J. Lesion mapping of social problem solving.Brain. [Selected as “Editor’s Choice” in 2014]
  • Barbey AK, Colom R, Paul EJ, Forbes CE, Krueger F, Goldman D, Grafman J. Preservation of general intelligence following traumatic brain injury: Contributions of the met66 brain-derived neurotrophic factor. PLOS ONE. [PDF]
  • Khemlani S, Barbey AK, Johnson-Laird PN. Causal reasoning with mental models. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.
  • Barbey AK, Colom R, Grafman J. 2013. Neural mechanisms of discourse comprehension: A human lesion study. Brain.
  • Barbey AK, Colom R, Grafman J. 2013. Architecture of cognitive flexibility revealed by lesion mapping. NeuroImage.
  • Barbey AK, Colom R, Paul EJ, Grafman J. 2013. Architecture of fluid intelligence and working memory revealed by lesion mapping. Brain Structure and Function.
  • Bowman GL, Dodge H, Mattek N, Barbey AK, Silbert LC, Shinto L, Howieson D, Kaye J, Quinn J. 2013. Plasma omega 3 PUFA and white matter mediated executive decline in older adults. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience.
  • Forbes CE, Poore J, Krueger F, Barbey AK, Solomon J, Grafman J. 2013. The role of executive function and dorsolateral prefrontal cortex in the expression of neuroticism and conscientiousness. Social Neuroscience.
  • Hasadsri L, Wang BH, Lee JV, Erdman JW, Llano DA, Barbey AK, Wszalek T, Sharrock MF, Wang H. 2013. Omega-3 fatty acids as a putative treatment for traumatic brain injury. Journal of Neurotrauma.
  • Barbey AK, Colom R, Grafman J. 2012. Distributed neural system for emotional intelligence revealed by lesion mapping. Social, Cognitive, and Affective Neuroscience.
  • Barbey AK, Colom R, Grafman J. 2012. Dorsolateral prefrontal contributions to human intelligence. Neuropsychologia.
  • Barbey AK, Colom R, Solomon J, Krueger F, Forbes CE, Grafman J. 2012. An integrative architecture for general intelligence and executive function revealed by lesion mapping. Brain, 135: 1154-1164.
  • Barbey AK, Grafman J. 2012. The prefrontal cortex and goal-directed social behavior. In Decety J, Cacioppo J, editors.The Oxford Handbook of Social Neuroscience. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Barbey AK, Koenigs M, Grafman J. 2012. Dorsolateral prefrontal contributions to human working memory. Cortex.
  • Forbes CE, Cameron KA, Grafman J, Barbey AK, Solomon J, Ritter W, Ruchkin DS. 2012. Identifying temporal and causal contributions of neural processes underlying the Implicit Association Test. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 6: 320.
  • Forbes CE, Poore JC, Barbey AK, Krueger F, Solomon J, Lipsky RH, Hodgkinson CA, Goldman D, Grafman J. 2012. BDNF polymorphism Dependent OFC and DLPFC plasticity moderates implicit and explicit bias. Cerebral Cortex, 22: 2602-2609.
  • Hecht E, Patterson R, Barbey AK. 2012. What can other animals tell us about humansocial cognition? An evolutionary perspective on reflective and reflexive processing. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 6: 224.
  • Patterson R, Barbey AK. 2012. A cognitive neuroscience framework for causal reasoning. In Grafman J, Krueger F, editors, The Neural Representation of Belief Systems.
  • Patterson R, Rothstein J, Barbey AK. 2012. Reasoning, cognitive control, and moral intuition. Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience, 6: 114.

Journal Editorships

  • Associate Editor, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
  • Editorial Board, Intelligence
  • Editorial Board, NeuroImage
  • Editorial Board, Thinking & Reasoning


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