Julie Fiez

Professor, University of Pittsburgh Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders

Professor, University of Pittsburgh Department of Neuroscience

Professor, University of Pittsburgh Department of Psychology

Senior Scientist, Learning Research & Development Center

Lab

https://www.fiezlab.us/

Education and Training

PhD, Washington University at St. Louis

Research Interests

My lab relies upon a broad-based and interdisciplinary cognitive neuroscience approach to address questions that fall within two predominant strands of research. One strand is focused on the neural basis of language processing. Topics of interest include the articulatory and phonological codes involved in verbal working memory, and the ways in which different writing systems influence the representation and processing of orthographic information. A second strand is focused on basic learning systems in the human brain. We are especially interested in how cognition may be optimized by reinforcement learning signals mediated by the basal ganglia and error-correction signals mediated by the cerebellum.

2nd Language Learning Cognitive Neuroscience Imaging Methods Learning & Memory Numerical Cognition Reading Processes

Related Research Areas

Cognitive & Neural Foundations of Learning Reading & Language STEM

Recent Publications

Guediche, S., & Fiez, J.A. (2021) Comprehension of morse code predicted by item recall from short-term memory. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research.

Chrabaszcz, A., Wang, D., Lipski, W.J., Bush, A., Crammond, D.J., Shaiman, S., Dickey, M.W., Holt, L.L., Turner, R.S., Fiez, J.A., Richardson R.M. (2021). Subthalamic nucleus and perisylvian cortical regions differentially encode lexicality during a reading aloud task. Journal of Neurolinguistics, 60.

Hirshorn, E.A., Simcox, T., Durisko, C., Perfetti, C.A., &  Fiez JA. (2020). Unmasking individual differences in adult reading procedures by disrupting holistic orthographic perception. PLoS One, 15(5), e0233041.

Cox, K.M. & Fiez, J.A. (2020). Abstract inference of unchosen option values. Eur J Neurosci, 51(3), 909-921.

Ben-Yehudah G., Hirshorn E. A., Simcox T., Perfetti C. A., & Fiez J. A. (2019). Chinese-English bilinguals transfer L1 lexical reading procedures and holistic orthographic coding to L2 English. Journal of Neurolinguistics. 50:136-148

Julie's Google Scholar profile

News and Awards

Julie Fiez, Marc Coutanche, and Corrine Durisko's study published in the Journal of the Society of Neuroscience has been featured in the May 17 PittWire article "Researchers Teach Adults to Read Using Pictures of Houses."

May 17, 2019

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Julie Fiez is quoted in the January 18 Scientific American article, "The Cerebellum Is Your 'Little Brain'—and It Does Some Pretty Big Things."

January 18, 2019

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded one of only 19 grants given to cross-disciplinary teams across the United States to Melissa Libertus (P.I.), Associate Professor, Psychology, Marc Coutanche, Assistant Professor, Psychology, and Julie Fiez, Professor, Psychology, Neuroscience, CNBC and Communication Sciences and Disorders, to conduct innovative research on neural and cognitive systems.

August 8, 2017

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Julie Fiez is a Co-Director of the Behavioral Brain (B2) Research Training Program along with Lori Holt of Carnegie Mellon University. B2 has been renewed for five more years of funding by the National Institutes of Health. This program aims to train the next generation of behavioral science researchers who can skillfully incorporate neuroscience perspectives and methods into their programs of research, based on an understanding of brain structure and function that bridges traditional areas of behavioral research.

June 5, 2017

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Principal Investigator Jana Iverson and co-PIs Julie Fiez, Adjunct Faculty, University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University, and LRDC Senior Scientist, Melissa Libertus, Associate Professor, Psychology, and LRDC Research Scientist, and Elizabeth Votruba-Drzal, Assistant Professor, Psychology, and LRDC Center Associate were awarded an APA grant for Summer Undergraduate Psychology Research Experience (SUPRE) in May 2017.

May 2017

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Contact

522 MURDC

fiez@pitt.edu

(412) 624-7078

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