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 Brittany  Alperin
Brittany Alperin
Visiting Assistant Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience

Dr. Brittany Alperin is a cognitive neuroscientist whose research focuses on the interactions between attention, emotion, and mental health. Her current research is driven by the following questions: What is the impact of mind-wandering on mental health and well-being? Why are some people good at noticing their wandering mind whereas others are not? Can we train our attention to be better at this? How does our attention to our own thoughts and emotions impact how we relate to others? Does enhancing our attentional ability influence our social relationships? She approaches these questions through multiple levels of analysis and uses cognitive testing, self-report, as well as neurophysiological (EEG/ERPs) methods.

Additional Publications

Alperin, B., Christoff K., Mills C., Nigg, J., Karalunas, S. (in prep) How the mind wanders in ADHD: Evidence for increased variability of thought. 

Ostlund, B., Alperin, B., Drew, T., Karalunas, S. (under review) Behavioral and cognitive correlates of neural noise in adolescents with and without ADHD.Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience 

Alperin, B., Smith, C., Gustafsson, H., Figuracion, M., Karalunas, S. (2019) The relationship between alpha asymmetry and ADHD depends on negative affect level and parenting practices. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 116:138-146. 

Karalunas, S., Weigard, A., Alperin, B. (in press). Emotion-cognition interactions in ADHD: evidence from cognitive modeling and event-related potentials.Biological Psychiatry: CNNI 

Alperin, B., Smith, C., Gustafsson, H., Karalunas, S. (2017) The relationship between early and late event-related potentials and temperament in adolescents with and without ADHD. PLOS One, 12: e0180627. 

Tusch, E., Alperin, B., Ryan, E., Holcomb P., Mohammed, H., Daffner, K. (2016) Changes in neural activity underlying working memory after computerized cognitive training in older adults. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 8:255. 

Tusch, E., Alperin, B., Holcomb P., Daffner, K. (2016) Increased early processing of task-irrelevant auditory stimuli in older adults. PLoS One, 11. 

Porto, F., Tusch, E., Fox, A., Alperin, B., Holcomb, P., Daffner, K. (2016) One of the most well-established age-related changes in neural activity disappears after controlling for visual acuity. NeuroImage, 130: 115-122. 

Alperin, B., Tusch, E., Mott, K., Holcomb, P., Daffner, K. (2015) Investigating age-related changes in anterior and posterior neural activity throughout the information processing stream. Brain and Cognition, 99:118-127. 

Mott, K., Alperin, B., Holcomb, P., Daffner, K. (2015) The impact of executive capacity and age on mechanisms underlying multidimensional feature selection.Neuropsychologia, 70: 30-42. 

Daffner, K., Alperin, B., Mott, K., Holcomb, P. (2015) Age-related differences in early novelty processing: Using PCA to parse the overlapping anterior P2 and N2 components. Biological Psychology, 105: 83-94. 

Mott, K., Alperin, B., Holcomb, P., Daffner, K. (2014) Age-related decline in differentiated neural responses to rare target versus frequent standard stimuli. Brain Research, 1587: 97-111. 

Alperin, B., Mott, K., Holcomb, P., Daffner, K. (2014) Does the age-related “anterior shift” of the P3 reflect an inability to habituate to novelty? Neuroscience Letters, 577: 6-10. 

Alperin, B., Mott, K., Holcomb, P., Rentz, D., Daffner, K. (2014) Investigating the age-related “anterior shift” in the scalp distribution of the P3b component using principal component analysis. Psychophysiology, 51: 620-633. 

Zhuravleva, T., Alperin, B., Haring, A., Holcomb P., Rentz, D., Daffner, K (2014) Age-related decline in bottom-up processing and selective attention in the very old.  Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology, 31:261-271. 

Daffner, K., Alperin, B., Mott, K., Holcomb, P. (2014) Age-related differences in the automatic processing of single letters: implications for selective attention.NeuroReport, 25: 77-82. 

Couperus, J., Alperin, B., Furlong, D., Mott, K. (2014) Visual Selective Attention in Adults with ADHD: Electrophysiological Evidence of Facilitation and Suppression. Journal of Behavioral and Brain Science, 4.

Alperin, B., Haring, A., Zhuravleva, T., Holcomb P., Rentz, D., Daffner, K. (2013) The dissociation between early and late selection in older adults. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 25:2189-2206. 

Daffner, K., Haring, A., Alperin, B., Zhuravleva, T., Mott, K., Holcomb P. (2013) The impact of visual acuity on age-related differences in neural markers of early visual processing. NeuroImage, 15:127-136. 

Haring, A., Zhuravleva, T., Alperin, B., Holcomb P., Rentz, D., Daffner, K. (2013) Age-related differences in enhancement and suppression of neural activity in matched young and old adults. Brain Research, 7:69-79.

Ph.D., Oregon Health & Science University 2019
Behavioral Neuroscience
B.A., Hampshire College 2011
Psychology and Neuroscience
Contact Information
G-06A Richmond Hall
(804) 287-6663
Areas of Expertise
Cognitive neuroscience
Interactions between attention and emotion
Mind-wandering and meta-awareness
Mental health and well-being