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  • Jared Medina, Associate Professor

    Associate Professor
    University of Delaware
    223 Wolf Hall
    Newark, DE 19716
    302-831-8724

    Biography

    Although sights and sounds are experienced starting with changes in receptor surfaces (retina, eardrum), they do not have the same embodied component as in touch. This is likely because of the seemingly veridical relationship between the location of our receptor surface (skin) and the perceived location of sensation; one that makes it difficult to conceive that our body percepts are strictly a product of neural processes. However, the relationship between neural processes and body representations is clearly evident in individuals with impairments after amputation (phantom limbs), chronic pain, or brain damage. Research in the Medina lab is committed to understanding how we represent the body, how we integrate body representations with spatial, attentional, and motor systems, and how we represent the location of stimuli in our environment.

    The research uses behavioral testing with brain damaged and neurologically intact individuals, along with non-invasive brain stimulation techniques.

    Degrees

    Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University

    Courses Regularly Taught

    PSYC100: Introduction to Psychology (Honors)

    PSYC340: Cognition

    PSYC667: Special Topics - Body and Space

    Recent Publications

    Representative Publications

    Medina, J., McCloskey, M., Coslett, H.B. & Rapp, B. (2014). Somatotopic representation of location: Evidence from the Simon Effect. Journal of Experimental Psychology – Human Perception and Performance, 40, 2131-2142.

    Medina, J. & Rapp, B. (2014). Rapid experience-dependent plasticity following somatosensory damage. Current Biology, 24, 677-680.

    Medina, J. & Coslett, H.B. (2010). From maps to form to space: Touch and the body schema. Neuropsychologia, 48, 645-654.

    Medina, J., Kannan, V., Pawlak, M., Kleinman, J., Newhart, M., Davis, C., Heidler-Gary, J., Herskovits, E., & Hillis, A. (2009). Neural substrates of visuospatial processing in distinct reference frames: Evidence from unilateral spatial neglect.  Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 21, 2073-2084.

    Medina, J. & Rapp, B. (2008). Phantom tactile sensations modulated by body position. Current Biology, 18, 1937-1942.

      

 

 

 

 

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