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James C. Thompson


Dr. Thompson is Associate Director and Associate Professor in the department of Psychology, College of Humanities and Social Sciences. His key interests are psychology, neuroimaging, human movement, and cognitive and behavioral neuroscience. The research efforts of the Perception & Action Neuroscience Group directed by James Thompson are focused on examining how we recognize human movement and make sense of other people’s actions. They investigate these issues using a combination of behavioral paradigms, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), and electroencephalography (EEG). The goal of the group’s research is to further the understanding of how we see and act with others as part of everyday life, in specialized settings such as surveillance, and in conditions in which human movement recognition may be impaired.

Phone: 703-993-9356
Location: David King Hall, Room 205

Selected Publications

Wheaton, K. J., Thompson, J. C., Syngeniotis, A., Abbott, D. F., & Puce, A. (2004). Viewing the motion of human body parts activates different regions of premotor, temporal, and parietal cortex. NeuroImage, 22(1), 277-288.
Configural processing of biological motion in human superior temporal sulcus. Journal of Neuroscience, 25(39), 9059-9066.