Michael Esterman, PhD
Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept of Psychiatry
General Psychiatry Section

PhD, University of California at Berkeley



In our laboratory, we study the cognitive and neural mechanisms of attention as well as the potential for enhancing attention abilities through cognitive training. To gain insights from multiple perspectives, we perform behavioral, neuroimaging (functional MRI), brain stimulation (TMS, tCS) and cognitive training experiments in healthy subjects and disordered populations (i.e., hemispatial neglect, TBI/PTSD, prosopagnosia).

VA Boston Healthcare System




Dose-Dependant Response of Cerebellar Network Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
07/01/2016 - 06/30/2017 (PI)
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Inc NIH NIMH
1R01MH111868-01

Neuroimaging and Neuropsychological Biomarkers of Vascular Risk Factors
09/30/2014 - 06/30/2017 (PI)
President & Fellows of Harvard College on behalf of Harvard Medical School NIH NINDS
5R01NS086882-03

Cerebrovascular Mechanisms of Slow Gait and Falls
06/01/2016 - 05/31/2017 (PI)
Hebrew Rehabilitation Center For Aged, Inc. NIH NIA
4R01AG041785-04

Characterizing training-related neuroplasticity in developmental prosopagnosia
06/01/2016 - 05/31/2017 (PI)
President & Fellows of Harvard College on behalf of Harvard Medical School NIH NEI
1R01EY026057-01

Cerebrovascular Mechanisms of Slow Gait and Falls
09/15/2013 - 06/30/2016 (PI)
Hebrew Rehabilitation Center For Aged, Inc. NIH NIA
5R01AG041785-02



Publications listed below are automatically derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and other sources, which might result in incorrect or missing publications. Faculty can login to make corrections and additions.

  1. Riley E, Esterman M, Fortenbaugh FC, DeGutis J. Time-of-day variation in sustained attentional control. Chronobiol Int. 2017 Jun 16; 1-9.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28622051.
  2. Esterman M, Thai M, Okabe H, DeGutis J, Saad E, Laganiere SE, Halko MA. Network-targeted cerebellar transcranial magnetic stimulation improves attentional control. Neuroimage. 2017 May 08; 156:190-198. PMID: 28495634.
  3. Fortenbaugh FC, Corbo V, Poole V, McGlinchey R, Milberg W, Salat D, DeGutis J, Esterman M. Interpersonal early-life trauma alters amygdala connectivity and sustained attention performance. Brain Behav. 2017 May; 7(5):e00684.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28523226.
  4. Kucyi A, Hove MJ, Esterman M, Hutchison RM, Valera EM. Dynamic Brain Network Correlates of Spontaneous Fluctuations in Attention. Cereb Cortex. 2017 Mar 01; 27(3):1831-1840. PMID: 26874182; DOI: 10.1093/cercor/bhw029;.
  5. Riley E, Okabe H, Germine L, Wilmer J, Esterman M, DeGutis J. Correction: Gender Differences in Sustained Attentional Control Relate to Gender Inequality across Countries. PLoS One. 2017; 12(1):e0170876. PMID: 28107487; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0170876;.
  6. Fortenbaugh FC, Robertson LC, Esterman M. Changes in the distribution of sustained attention alter the perceived structure of visual space. Vision Res. 2017 Feb; 131:26-36. PMID: 28025055; DOI: 10.1016/j.visres.2016.12.002;.
  7. Riley E, Okabe H, Germine L, Wilmer J, Esterman M, DeGutis J. Gender Differences in Sustained Attentional Control Relate to Gender Inequality across Countries. PLoS One. 2016; 11(11):e0165100. PMID: 27802294; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0165100;.
  8. Gmeindl L, Chiu YC, Esterman MS, Greenberg AS, Courtney SM, Yantis S. Tracking the will to attend: Cortical activity indexes self-generated, voluntary shifts of attention. Atten Percept Psychophys. 2016 Oct; 78(7):2176-84. PMID: 27301353; PMCID: PMC5014663; DOI: 10.3758/s13414-016-1159-7;.
  9. Esterman M, Grosso M, Liu G, Mitko A, Morris R, DeGutis J. Anticipation of Monetary Reward Can Attenuate the Vigilance Decrement. PLoS One. 2016; 11(7):e0159741. PMID: 27472785; PMCID: PMC4966925; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0159741;.
  10. Esterman M, Poole V, Liu G, DeGutis J. Modulating Reward Induces Differential Neurocognitive Approaches to Sustained Attention. Cereb Cortex. 2016 Jul 29. PMID: 27473320.
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