Rebecca L. Silton, PhD Email
Loyola University Chicago
Department of Psychology
Clinical Psychology Program
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
B.S., Macalester College
My research program focuses on psychological factors that promote healthy and abnormal development of executive function across the life span. Our research team investigates individual differences that confer risk and resilience via their impact on the development of the frontocingulate network and related executive functions (i.e., attentional/cognitive control, shifting, updating, inhibition, problem-solving). Our research involves a collaborative, interdisciplinary perspective that prioritizes translational goals and that links perspectives from neuroscience, neuropsychology, and clinical psychology. We measure executive function using a range of measures including high-density electroencephalography (EEG), computerized behavioral testing, and traditional neuropsychological measures.
Abnormal Development of Executive Function
The majority of our research investigates the negative impact of depression on executive function, primarily using EEG methods to study the functional abnormalities and associated cognitive impairments. We strive to conduct translational research that contributes to bridging the gap between science and clinical practice.
Healthy Development of Executive Function
Plasticity in neural development is observed throughout the lifespan. While psychological disorders are related to structural and functional brain abnormalities, there are developmental factors that may also improve executive function. Our lab is currently studying how bilingualism and language brokering lead to improved executive function. We are also collaborating with Dr. Bohnert’s Activity Matter’s Lab to develop a better understanding of the positive impact of activity on executive function. Over time, we aim to understand how risk and resilience may similarly impact neural pathways that support executive function.
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Society for Research in Psychopathology
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