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Don Tucker

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  • Title: Professor
  • Phone: 541-653-8266
  • Office: Brain Electrophysiology Lab Co.
  • Interests: Cognitive-Neuroscience, Theoretical Neuropsychology, Brain Electrophysiology
  • Website: Website

Research Interests and Publications

Dr. Tucker is interested in how cognition is regulated by emotional arousal. His research uses methods of cognitive psychology to assess the influence of specific forms of emotional arousal, such as anxiety and depression. To assess the neural activity associated with emotional states and cognitive operations, this research includes computerized analysis of the electrical activity of the brain with dense array EEG measures.

A particular interest now is mechanisms of the limbic system that seem to regulate learning and memory according to strategic motivational controls. For example, anxiety may engage the amygdala and ventral limbic networks that not only focus immediate attention, but facilitate continuing consolidation of threat-related information.

Another line of research examines the disruption of limbic control of cerebral excitability in epilepsy. The same limbic and thalamic mechanisms that regulate the excitability of the cerebral hemisphere in memory consolidation seem to become abnormal when a person develops a seizure disorder.

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Selected Publications:

Kuo, C.C., Ha, T., Ebbert, A.M., Tucker, D.M., & Dishion, T.J. (2017). Dynamic Responses in Brain Networks to Social Feedback: A Dual EEG Acquisition Study in Adolescent Couples.  Front Comput Neurosci, 11:46. doi: 10.3389/fncom.2017.00046

Luu, P., Caggiano, D.M., Geyer, A., Lewis, J., Cohn, J., & Tucker, D.M. (2014). Time-course of cortical networks involved in working memory. Front Hum Neurosci, 8, 4. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2014.00004

Kuo, C.C., Luu, P., Morgan, K.K., Dow, M., Davey, C., Song, J., Malony, A.D., and Tucker, D.M. (2014). Localizing movement-related primary sensorimotor corticles with multi-band EEG frequency changes and functional MRI. PLoS One 9 (11): e112103.

Salman, A., Malony, A., Turovets, S., Volkov, B., Ozog, D., & Tucker, D.M. (2014). Future human brain neuroimaging and high-performance computing. Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience, 1-23.

Waters, A.C., & Tucker, D.M. (2013). Positive and negative affect in adolescent self-evaluation: psychometric information in single trials used to generate dimension-specific ERPs and neural source models. Psychophysiology, 50(6), 538-549. doi: 10.1111/psyp.12035

Tucker, D.M. & Luu, P. (2012). Cognition and Neural Development. New York, Oxford University Press.

Luu, P., Jiang, Z., Poulsen, C., Mattison, C., Smith, A., & Tucker, D.M. (2011). Learning and the development of contexts for action. Front Hum Neurosci, 5, 159. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2011.00159.

Tucker, D.M. & Holmes, M.D. (2010).  Fractures and bindings of consciousness. American Scientist, 99, 32-39.

Luu, P., Geyer, A., Fidopiastis, C., Campbell, G., Wheeler, T., Cohn, J., et al. (2010). Reentrant processing in intuitive perception. PLoS One, 5(3), e9523. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0009523

Tucker, D. M., Waters, A. C., & Holmes, M. D. (2009). Transition from Cortical Slow Oscillations of Sleep to Spike-Wave Seizures. Clinical Neurophysiology, 120, 2055–2062.

Tucker, D., Luu, P., & Poulsen, C. (2009). Neural mechanisms of recursive processing in cognitive and linguistic complexity. Syntactic complexity: diachrony, acquisition, neuro-cognition, evolution, 461.

Tucker, D. M. (2007). Mind From Body: Experience From Neural Structure. New York: Oxford University Press.

Tucker, D. M., & Moller, L. (2007). The Metamorphosis: Individuation of the adolescent brain. In D. Romer & E. F. Walker (Eds.), Adolescent psychopathology and the developing brain: Integrating brain and prevention science. New York: Oxford.

Tucker, D. M., & Luu, P. (2006). Adaptive Binding. In H. Zimmer, A. Mecklinger & U. Lindenberger (Eds.), Binding in Human Memory: A Neurocognitive Approach. New York: Oxford University Press.

Tucker, D. M., Luu, P., & Derryberry, D. (2005). Love hurts: The evolution of empathic concern through the encephalization of nociceptive capacity. Dev Psychopathol, 17(3), 699-713.