Julie Fiez, Ph.D.


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Research Interests

Cognitive and educational neuroscience of reading, language, math, and learning.


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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: Yes


  • Reading and Language Laboratories

Graduate Student Advisees:

  • Alvarez, Travis
  • Kyle Dunovan (Verstynen, CMU)
  • Josh Tremel


  • PhD, Washington University at St. Louis


  • 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


  • Publication 199

    Ravizza, S.M., Delgado, M.R., Chein, J.M., Becker, J.T., & Fiez, J.A. (2004). Functional dissociations within the inferior parietal cortex iin verbal working memory. NeuroImage, 22, 562-73.

  • Publication 375

    Perfetti, C. A., Liu, Y., Fiez, J., & Tan, L-H. (in press). The neural bases of reading: The accommodation of the brains reading network to writing systems. In P. Cornelissen, M. Kringelbach, & P. Hansen (Eds.), The neural basis of reading. Oxford University Press.

  • Publication 596

    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.

  • Publication 501

    Liu, Y., Dunlap, S., Fiez, J., & Perfetti, C. (2007) Evidence for neural accommodation to a writing system following learning. Human Brain Mapping, 28, 1223-1234.

  • Publication 875

    Wilson, S. J., Sayette, M.A., & Fiez, J.A. (2012). Quitting-unmotivated and quitting-motivated cigarette smokers exhibit different patterns of cue-elicited brain activation when anticipating an opportunity to smoke. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 121, 198-211. DOI: 10.1037/a0025112.

  • Publication 456

    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.

  • Publication 454

    Wilson, S.J., Sayette, M.A. & Fiez, J.A. (2004). Prefrontal responses to drug cues: A Neurocognitive analysis. Nature Neuroscience, 7, 211-214.

  • Publication 418

    Wilson, S.J., Sayette, M.A. & Fiez, J.A. (2004). Prefrontal responses to drug cues: A Neurocognitive analysis. Nature Neuroscience, 7, 211-214.

  • Publication 934

    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

  • Publication 938

    Strick PL, Dum RP, Fiez JA. Cerebellum and nonmotor function. Annu Rev Neurosci. 2009; 32:413-34. Review. PMID: 19555291

  • Publication 937

    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

  • Publication 936

    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

  • Publication 935

    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

  • Publication 500

    Tricomi, E., & Fiez, J.A. (2008) Feedback signals in the caudate reflect goal achievement on a declarative memory task. NeuroImage, 41, 1154-1167.