Thomas J. Ross

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Normal human behavior and cognition are reliant on a person's ability to inhibit inappropriate thoughts, impulses, and actions. The temporal and spatial advantages of event-related functional MRI (fMRI) were exploited to identify cortical regions that showed a transient change in fMRI signal after the withholding of a prepotent motor response. The temporal(More)
The present study employed event-related fMRI and EEG to investigate the biological basis of the cognitive control of behavior. Using a GO/NOGO task optimized to produce response inhibitions, frequent commission errors, and the opportunity for subsequent behavioral correction, we identified distinct cortical areas associated with each of these specific(More)
OBJECTIVE Cocaine-related cues have been hypothesized to perpetuate drug abuse by inducing a craving response that prompts drug-seeking behavior. However, the mechanisms, underlying neuroanatomy, and specificity of this neuroanatomy are not yet fully understood. METHOD To address these issues, experienced cocaine users (N=17) and comparison subjects(More)
Understanding nicotine's neurobiological and cognitive mechanisms may help explain both its addictive properties and potential therapeutic applications. As such, functional MRI was used to determine the neural substrates of nicotine's effects on a sustained attention (rapid visual information-processing) task. Performance was associated with activation in a(More)
Midline brain activation subsequent to errors has been proposed to reflect error detection and, alternatively, conflict-monitoring processes. Adjudicating between these alternatives is challenging as both predict high activation on error trials. In an effort to resolve these interpretations, subjects completed a GO/NOGO task in which errors of commission(More)
Nicotine-induced attentional enhancement is of potential therapeutic value. To investigate the precise attentional function(s) affected and their neuronal mechanisms, the current functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) study used an attention task in which subjects responded to stimuli of high (INT(high)) or low intensity presented randomly in one of(More)
Although extensive evidence exists for the reinforcing properties of drugs of abuse such as cocaine, relatively less research has addressed the functional neuroanatomical correlates of the cognitive sequelae of these drugs. We present a functional magnetic resonance imaging study of a GO-NOGO task in which successful performance required prepotent behaviors(More)
Functional magnetic resonance imaging studies of cognition require repeated and consistent engagement of the cognitive process under investigation. Activation is generally averaged across trials that are assumed to tax a specific mental operation or state, whereas intraindividual variability in performance between trials is usually considered error(More)
Based upon previous reports of alterations in white matter integrity and gray matter density in smokers, we examined these markers in a large, well-matched sample of smokers and non-smokers. We further investigated the effect of heavy cigarette exposure by using pack-years and the effects of two relatively stable, highly heritable traits in smokers(More)
Human lesion and functional imaging data suggest a central role for the amygdala in the processing of negative stimuli. To determine whether the amygdala's role in affective processing extends beyond negative stimuli, subjects viewed pictures that varied in emotional content (positive vs negative valence) and arousal level (high vs low) while undergoing(More)