Petra E. Pajtas

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The dopaminergic system, particularly D2-like dopamine receptors, has been strongly implicated in reward processing. Animal studies have emphasized the role of phasic dopamine (DA) signaling in reward-related learning, but these processes remain largely unexplored in humans. To evaluate the effect of a single, low dose of a D2/D3 agonist—pramipexole—on(More)
Emotional and affective processing imposes itself over cognitive processes and modulates our perception of the surrounding environment. In two experiments, we addressed the issue of whether nonconscious processing of affect can take place even under deep states of unawareness, such as those induced by interocular suppression techniques, and can elicit an(More)
Social rejection can create powerful changes in people's brains and bodies. In the study reported here, we examined brain-based individual differences associated with buffering against cardiovascular threat responses to social rejection. Using EEG source-localization techniques, we examined differences in intracortical asymmetry. We predicted that(More)
Nouns and verbs are fundamental grammatical building blocks of all languages. Studies of brain-damaged patients and healthy individuals have demonstrated that verb processing can be dissociated from noun processing at a neuroanatomical level. In cases where bilingual patients have a noun or verb deficit, the deficit has been observed in both languages. This(More)
We present a set of 150 pictures with morphologically complex English compound names. The pictures were collected from various sources and were standardized to appear as grayscale line drawings of a fixed size. All the compounds had two constituents and were primarily of the noun-noun type. Following previous studies, we collected name agreement (percentage(More)
The process of object categorization is an integral part of human cognition. In the present study, we have used a repetition suppression paradigm to determine the degree to which the ventral visual cortex is sensitive to categorical relationships. By using images of animals and tools, suppression across perceptual (stimulus level) and categorical(More)
Studies of compound word processing have revealed effects of the compound's constituents in a wide variety of word production and comprehension tasks. Surprisingly, effects of the compound's constituents were not found in a recent word production study using the picture-naming task. Here, we examined whether these contrasting constituent effects reflect(More)
1 2 3 4 Concordance between Perceptual and Categorical 5 Repetition Effects in the Ventral Visual Stream 6 7 Scott L. Fairhall1,2, Stefano Anzellotti 2, Petra Pajtas2 8 & Alfonso Caramazza1,2. 9 10 1 Center for Mind/Brain Sciences, University of Trento, Trento, Italy 11 2Department of Psychology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA. 12 13 14 15 16(More)
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