University of Pittsburgh

Fiez, Julie

Fiez, Julie

Professor, Department of Psychology
PhD, Washington University at St. Louis

Primary Program: Cognitive Program
All programs: Clinical Program, Cognitive Program, Cognitive Neuroscience Concentration Program


605 LRDC
Fax: 412-422-9149

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Research Interests: My lab relies upon a broad-based and interdisciplinary cognitive neuroscience approach to address questions that fall within two predominant strands of research. One strand is focused on the neural basis of language processing. Topics of interest include the articulatory and phonological codes involved in verbal working memory, and the ways in which different writing systems influence the representation and processing of orthographic information. A second strand is focused on basic learning systems in the human brain. We are especially interested in how cognition may be optimized by reinforcement learning signals mediated by the basal ganglia and error-correction signals mediated by the cerebellum.

Accepting Graduate Students: No

Selected Publications

  • Kallai AY, Schunn CD, Fiez JA. Mental arithmetic activates analogic representations of internally generated sums. Neuropsychologia. 2012 Aug;50(10):2397-407. Epub 2012 Jun 23. PMID: 22732492 (Abstract-html)
  • Tricomi E, Fiez JA. Information content and reward processing in the human striatum during performance of a declarative memory task. Cogn Affect Behav Neurosci. 2012 Jun;12(2):361-72. PMID: 22194237 (Abstract-html)
  • Chein JM, Fiez JA. Evaluating models of working memory through the effects of concurrent irrelevant information. J Exp Psychol Gen. 2010 Feb;139(1):117-37. PMID: 20121315 (Abstract-html)
  • Durisko C, Fiez JA. Functional activation in the cerebellum during working memory and simple speech tasks. Cortex. 2010 Jul-Aug;46(7):896-906. Epub 2009 Sep 23. PMID: 19853247 (Abstract-html)
  • Strick PL, Dum RP, Fiez JA. Cerebellum and nonmotor function. Annu Rev Neurosci. 2009; 32:413-34. Review. PMID: 19555291 (Abstract-html)
  • Nelson, J.R., Liu, Y., Fiez, J., & Perfetti, C.A. (2009). Assimilation and accommodation patterns in ventral occipitotemporal cortex in learning a second writing system. Human Brain Mapping, 30, 810-820. (Abstract-pdf)
  • Tricomi, E., & Fiez, J.A. (2008) Feedback signals in the caudate reflect goal achievement on a declarative memory task. NeuroImage, 41, 1154-1167. (Abstract-pdf)
  • Wilson, S. J., Sayette, M.A., Delgado, M.R., & Fiez, J.A. (2008). Effect of smoking opportunity on responses to monetary gain and loss in the caudate nucleus. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 117, 428-434. (Abstract-pdf)

Honors and Awards

  • APA Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology (2002)
  • Chancellor's Distinguished Research Award (2001)
  • Wiley Young Investigator Award in Human Brain Mapping (1997)
  • Member, NIH Cognitive Neuroscience Study Section
  • Editorial Board, The Cerebellum


Graduate Student Advisees

  • Alvarez, Travis
  • Simcox, Travis