Aron K. Barbey is Professor of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Bioengineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He directs the Intelligence, Learning, and Plasticity Initiative, and the Decision Neuroscience Laboratory at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology. He received a Ph.D. in Psychology from Emory University in 2007 and completed a research fellowship in Cognitive Neuroscience at the National Institutes of Health in 2011. Professor Barbey’s research investigates the nature and mechanisms of human intelligence from a network neuroscience perspective. He has won more than $25 million in federal and private research grants since joining the University of Illinois in 2011, receiving support from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the NIH BRAIN Initiative, the research division of the United States Director of National Intelligence (IARPA), the Department of Defense (DARPA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and private industry. He has received multiple academic achievement awards and serves on the editorial board of Intelligence, Thinking & Reasoning, and NeuroImage.
Our research investigates the principles of brain organization that underlie executive control, reasoning and decision making. Through a combination of human behavioral, computational modeling, functional neuroimaging (fMRI) and neuropsychological patient data, we seek to uncover the mechanisms that shape higher cognitive processes and to develop predictive models of brain function that link neural systems to specific patterns of inference and behavior. An important motivation for our work is the development of a theoretically sound foundation for research on the relationship between disturbances of brain function and their manifestation as disorders of thought and behavior in psychiatric illness and neurological disease.
Ph.D., Emory University
Additional Campus Affiliations
Affiliate, Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology
Professor, Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology
Professor, Speech and Hearing Science
Adjunct Professor, Internal Medicine
Larsen, R. J., Raine, L. B., Hillman, C. H., Kramer, A. F., Cohen, N. J., & Barbey, A. K. (Accepted/In press). Body mass and cardiorespiratory fitness are associated with altered brain metabolism. Metabolic Brain Disease. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11011-020-00560-z
Pietro, V. D., Yakoub, K. M., Caruso, G., Lazzarino, G., Signoretti, S., Barbey, A. K., Tavazzi, B., Lazzarino, G., Belli, A., & Amorini, A. M. (2020). Antioxidant Therapies in Traumatic Brain Injury. Antioxidants, 9(3), . https://doi.org/10.3390/antiox9030260
Posner, M. I., & Barbey, A. K. (2020). General intelligence in the age of neuroimaging. Trends in Neuroscience and Education, 18, . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tine.2020.100126
Tanprasertsuk, J., Ferland, G., Johnson, M. A., Poon, L. W., Scott, T. M., Barbey, A. K., Barger, K., Wang, X. D., & Johnson, E. J. (2020). Concentrations of Circulating Phylloquinone, but Not Cerebral Menaquinone-4, Are Positively Correlated with a Wide Range of Cognitive Measures: Exploratory Findings in Centenarians. Journal of Nutrition, 150(1), 82-90. https://doi.org/10.1093/jn/nxz200
Hammer, R., Paul, E. J., Hillman, C. H., Kramer, A. F., Cohen, N. J., & Barbey, A. K. (2019). Individual differences in analogical reasoning revealed by multivariate task-based functional brain imaging. NeuroImage, 184, 993-1004. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2018.09.011