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

PhD, University of California, 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

2018 Boston University: Spivack Emerging Leader

Dose-Dependant Response of Cerebellar Network Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
07/01/2016 - 06/30/2019 (PI)
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Inc NIH NIMH

Neuroimaging and Neuropsychological Biomarkers of Vascular Risk Factors
09/30/2014 - 06/30/2019 (PI)
President & Fellows of Harvard College on behalf of Harvard Medical School NIH NINDS

Characterizing training-related neuroplasticity in developmental prosopagnosia
06/01/2016 - 05/31/2019 (PI)
President & Fellows of Harvard College on behalf of Harvard Medical School NIH NEI

Cerebrovascular Mechanisms of Slow Gait and Falls
06/01/2016 - 05/31/2018 (PI)
Hebrew Rehabilitation Center For Aged, Inc. NIH NIA

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

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. Mitko A, Rothlein D, Poole V, Robinson M, McGlinchey R, DeGutis J, Salat D, Esterman M. Individual differences in sustained attention are associated with cortical thickness. Hum Brain Mapp. 2019 Apr 13. PMID: 30980462.
  2. Riley E, Mitko A, Stumps A, Robinson M, Milberg W, McGlinchey R, Esterman M, DeGutis J. Clinically significant cognitive dysfunction in OEF/OIF/OND veterans: Prevalence and clinical associations. Neuropsychology. 2019 Apr 04. PMID: 30945914.
  3. Fortenbaugh FC, Sugarman A, Robertson LC, Esterman M. The attentional repulsion effect and relative size judgments. Atten Percept Psychophys. 2019 Feb; 81(2):442-461. PMID: 30488191.
  4. Dutra SJ, Marx BP, McGlinchey R, DeGutis J, Esterman M. Reward Ameliorates Posttraumatic Stress Disorder-Related Impairment in Sustained Attention. Chronic Stress (Thousand Oaks). 2018 Jan-Dec; 2.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30706031.
  5. Poole VN, Wooten T, Iloputaife I, Milberg W, Esterman M, Lipsitz LA. Compromised prefrontal structure and function are associated with slower walking in older adults. Neuroimage Clin. 2018; 20:620-626. PMID: 30191124.
  6. Rothlein D, DeGutis J, Germine L, Wilmer J, McGlinchey R, Esterman M. Sensitivity to stimulus similarity is associated with greater sustained attention ability. Atten Percept Psychophys. 2018 Aug; 80(6):1390-1408. PMID: 29651755.
  7. Rothlein D, DeGutis J, Esterman M. Attentional Fluctuations Influence the Neural Fidelity and Connectivity of Stimulus Representations. J Cogn Neurosci. 2018 Sep; 30(9):1209-1228. PMID: 30004852.
  8. Fortenbaugh FC, Rothlein D, McGlinchey R, DeGutis J, Esterman M. Tracking behavioral and neural fluctuations during sustained attention: A robust replication and extension. Neuroimage. 2018 05 01; 171:148-164. PMID: 29307606.
  9. Jor'dan AJ, Poole VN, Iloputaife I, Milberg W, Manor B, Esterman M, Lipsitz LA. Executive Network Activation is Linked to Walking Speed in Older Adults: Functional MRI and TCD Ultrasound Evidence From the MOBILIZE Boston Study. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2017 Nov 09; 72(12):1669-1675.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28449077.
  10. Liverant GI, Amick MM, Black SK, Esterman M, Wisco BE, Gibian MC, Marx BP, McGlinchey RE. Associations Among Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms, Substance Use, and Affective Attentional Processing in OEF/OIF/OND Veterans. J Nerv Ment Dis. 2017 Sep; 205(9):725-731.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28661934.
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