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Michael Esterman, PhD

TitleAssistant Professor
InstitutionBoston University School of Medicine
DepartmentPsychiatry
DivisionGeneral Psychiatry
Address150 South Huntington Avenue
Boston MA 02130
Phone(857) 364-4362
ORCID ORCID Icon0000-0002-9000-3920
Other Positions
InstitutionVA Boston Healthcare System

 Research Expertise & Professional Interests
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).

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 Publications
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  1. Fortenbaugh FC, Robertson LC, Esterman M. Changes in the distribution of sustained attention alter the perceived structure of visual space. Vision Res. 2016 Dec 30; 131:26-36. PMID: 28025055.
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  2. 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.
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  3. 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.
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  4. 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.
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  5. DeGutis J, Chiu C, Thai M, Esterman M, Milberg W, McGlinchey R. Trauma Sequelae are Uniquely Associated with Components of Self-Reported Sleep Dysfunction in OEF/OIF/OND Veterans. Behav Sleep Med. 2016 May 16; 1-26. PMID: 27183394.
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  6. Poole VN, Robinson ME, Singleton O, DeGutis J, Milberg WP, McGlinchey RE, Salat DH, Esterman M. Intrinsic functional connectivity predicts individual differences in distractibility. Neuropsychologia. 2016 Jun; 86:176-82. PMID: 27132070.
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  7. Kucyi A, Hove MJ, Esterman M, Hutchison RM, Valera EM. Dynamic Brain Network Correlates of Spontaneous Fluctuations in Attention. Cereb Cortex. 2016 Feb 13. PMID: 26874182.
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  8. DeGutis J, Grosso M, VanVleet T, Esterman M, Pistorino L, Cronin-Golomb A. Sustained attention training reduces spatial bias in Parkinson's disease: a pilot case series. Neurocase. 2016; 22(2):179-86. PMID: 26360648.
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  9. Fortenbaugh FC, DeGutis J, Germine L, Wilmer JB, Grosso M, Russo K, Esterman M. Sustained Attention Across the Life Span in a Sample of 10,000: Dissociating Ability and Strategy. Psychol Sci. 2015 Sep; 26(9):1497-510. PMID: 26253551.
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  10. DeGutis J, Esterman M, McCulloch B, Rosenblatt A, Milberg W, McGlinchey R. Posttraumatic Psychological Symptoms are Associated with Reduced Inhibitory Control, not General Executive Dysfunction. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2015 May; 21(5):342-52. PMID: 26126233.
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  11. Stricker NH, Salat DH, Kuhn TP, Foley JM, Price JS, Westlye LT, Esterman MS, McGlinchey RE, Milberg WP, Leritz EC. Mild Cognitive Impairment is Associated With White Matter Integrity Changes in Late-Myelinating Regions Within the Corpus Callosum. Am J Alzheimers Dis Other Demen. 2016 Feb; 31(1):68-75. PMID: 25904759.
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  12. Esterman M, Liu G, Okabe H, Reagan A, Thai M, DeGutis J. Frontal eye field involvement in sustaining visual attention: evidence from transcranial magnetic stimulation. Neuroimage. 2015 May 1; 111:542-8. PMID: 25655445.
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  13. Esterman M, Russo K, Liu G, Fortenbaugh F, DeGutis J. Money on my mind: reward induces differential neurocognitive strategies during a sustained attention task. J Vis. 2015; 15(12):563. PMID: 26326251.
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  14. Esterman M, Reagan A, Liu G, Turner C, DeGutis J. Reward reveals dissociable aspects of sustained attention. J Exp Psychol Gen. 2014 Dec; 143(6):2287-95. PMID: 25313950.
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  15. Auerbach RP, Kim JC, Chango JM, Spiro WJ, Cha C, Gold J, Esterman M, Nock MK. Adolescent nonsuicidal self-injury: examining the role of child abuse, comorbidity, and disinhibition. Psychiatry Res. 2014 Dec 15; 220(1-2):579-84. PMID: 25095754.
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  16. Esterman M, Rosenberg MD, Noonan SK. Intrinsic fluctuations in sustained attention and distractor processing. J Neurosci. 2014 Jan 29; 34(5):1724-30. PMID: 24478354.
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  17. Amick MM, Clark A, Fortier CB, Esterman M, Rasmusson AM, Kenna A, Milberg WP, McGlinchey R. PTSD modifies performance on a task of affective executive control among deployed OEF/OIF veterans with mild traumatic brain injury. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2013 Aug; 19(7):792-801. PMID: 23823533.
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  18. Esterman M, DeGutis J, Mercado R, Rosenblatt A, Vasterling JJ, Milberg W, McGlinchey R. Stress-related psychological symptoms are associated with increased attentional capture by visually salient distractors. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2013 Aug; 19(7):835-40. PMID: 23803518.
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  19. Rosenberg M, Noonan S, DeGutis J, Esterman M. Sustaining visual attention in the face of distraction: a novel gradual-onset continuous performance task. Atten Percept Psychophys. 2013 Apr; 75(3):426-39. PMID: 23299180.
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  20. Esterman M, Noonan SK, Rosenberg M, Degutis J. In the zone or zoning out? Tracking behavioral and neural fluctuations during sustained attention. Cereb Cortex. 2013 Nov; 23(11):2712-23. PMID: 22941724.
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  21. Chiu YC, Esterman MS, Gmeindl L, Yantis S. Tracking cognitive fluctuations with multivoxel pattern time course (MVPTC) analysis. Neuropsychologia. 2012 Mar; 50(4):479-86. PMID: 21787796.
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  22. List A, Landau AN, Brooks JL, Flevaris AV, Fortenbaugh FC, Esterman M, Van Vleet TM, Albrecht AR, Alvarez BD, Robertson LC, Schendel K. Shifting attention in viewer- and object-based reference frames after unilateral brain injury. Neuropsychologia. 2011 Jun; 49(7):2090-6. PMID: 21504751.
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  23. Tamber-Rosenau BJ, Esterman M, Chiu YC, Yantis S. Cortical mechanisms of cognitive control for shifting attention in vision and working memory. J Cogn Neurosci. 2011 Oct; 23(10):2905-19. PMID: 21291314.
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  24. Greenberg AS, Esterman M, Wilson D, Serences JT, Yantis S. Control of spatial and feature-based attention in frontoparietal cortex. J Neurosci. 2010 Oct 27; 30(43):14330-9. PMID: 20980588.
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  25. Chiu YC, Esterman M, Han Y, Rosen H, Yantis S. Decoding task-based attentional modulation during face categorization. J Cogn Neurosci. 2011 May; 23(5):1198-204. PMID: 20429856.
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  26. Esterman M, Tamber-Rosenau BJ, Chiu YC, Yantis S. Avoiding non-independence in fMRI data analysis: leave one subject out. Neuroimage. 2010 Apr 1; 50(2):572-6. PMID: 20006712.
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  27. Esterman M, Chiu YC, Tamber-Rosenau BJ, Yantis S. Decoding cognitive control in human parietal cortex. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2009 Oct 20; 106(42):17974-9. PMID: 19805050.
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  28. Esterman M, Yantis S. Perceptual expectation evokes category-selective cortical activity. Cereb Cortex. 2010 May; 20(5):1245-53. PMID: 19759124.
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  29. List A, Brooks JL, Esterman M, Flevaris AV, Landau AN, Bowman G, Stanton V, Vanvleet TM, Robertson LC, Schendel K. Visual hemispatial neglect, re-assessed. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2008 Mar; 14(2):243-56. PMID: 18282322.
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  30. Esterman M, Prinzmetal W, DeGutis J, Landau A, Hazeltine E, Verstynen T, Robertson L. Voluntary and involuntary attention affect face discrimination differently. Neuropsychologia. 2008 Mar 7; 46(4):1032-40. PMID: 18166203.
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  31. Landau AN, Esterman M, Robertson LC, Bentin S, Prinzmetal W. Different effects of voluntary and involuntary attention on EEG activity in the gamma band. J Neurosci. 2007 Oct 31; 27(44):11986-90. PMID: 17978039.
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  32. Esterman M, Verstynen T, Robertson LC. Attenuating illusory binding with TMS of the right parietal cortex. Neuroimage. 2007 Apr 15; 35(3):1247-55. PMID: 17336097.
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  33. Esterman M, Verstynen T, Ivry RB, Robertson LC. Coming unbound: disrupting automatic integration of synesthetic color and graphemes by transcranial magnetic stimulation of the right parietal lobe. J Cogn Neurosci. 2006 Sep; 18(9):1570-6. PMID: 16989556.
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  34. Esterman M, Prinzmetal W, Robertson L. Categorization influences illusory conjunctions. Psychon Bull Rev. 2004 Aug; 11(4):681-6. PMID: 15581118.
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  35. Esterman M, McGlinchey-Berroth R, Alexander MP, Milberg W. Triangular backgrounds shift line bisection performance in hemispatial neglect: the critical point. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2002 Jul; 8(5):721-6. PMID: 12164680.
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  36. Esterman M, McGlinchey-Berroth R, Verfaellie M, Grande L, Kilduff P, Milberg W. Aware and unaware perception in hemispatial neglect: evidence from a stem completion priming task. Cortex. 2002 Apr; 38(2):233-46. PMID: 12056691.
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  37. Esterman M, McGlinchey-Berroth R, Milberg W. Preattentive and attentive visual search in individuals with hemispatial neglect. Neuropsychology. 2000 Oct; 14(4):599-611. PMID: 11055262.
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