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. Esterman M, Fortenbaugh FC, Pierce ME, Fonda JR, DeGutis J, Milberg W, McGlinchey R. Trauma-related psychiatric and behavioral conditions are uniquely associated with sustained attention dysfunction. Neuropsychology. 2019 May 30.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31144830.
  2. Wooten T, Ferland T, Poole V, Milberg W, McGlinchey R, DeGutis J, Esterman M, Leritz E. Metabolic risk in older adults is associated with impaired sustained attention. Neuropsychology. 2019 May 16.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31094549.
  3. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30980462.
  4. 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 May; 33(4):534-546.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30945914.
  5. Esterman M, Rothlein D. Models of sustained attention. Curr Opin Psychol. 2019 Mar 13; 29:174-180. PMID: 30986621.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29651755.
  10. Rothlein D, DeGutis J, Esterman M. Attentional Fluctuations Influence the Neural Fidelity and Connectivity of Stimulus Representations. J Cogn Neurosci. 2018 09; 30(9):1209-1228. PMID: 30004852.
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