Do Zombies Dream of Undead Sheep? A Neuroscientific View of the Zombie Brain Timothy Verstynen & Bradley Voytek. Princeton University Press (2014). * Winner of the 2015 PROSE award for Biomedicine & Neuroscience.


"Level set trees for applied statistics" Brian Kent (Ph.D., CMU Statistics, 2012) (pdf)

"A biologically motivated synthesis of accumulator and reinforcement-learning models for describing adaptive decision-making" Kyle Dunovan (Ph.D., Pitt Psychology, 2016) (pdf)

"Cortical and behavioral signatures of response binding during sequential skill learning" Patrick Beukema (Ph.D., Pitt Neuroscience, 2018) (pdf)

"A corticostriatal mechanism for integrating subjective value into processes of risky decision-making" Kevin Jarbo (Ph.D., CMU Psychology, 2018) (pdf)


"Reward-driven changes in striatal pathway competition shape evidence evaluation in decision-making" K. Dunovan, C. Vich, M. Clapp, T. Verstynen, & J. Rubin (pdf)

"The contextual framing of loss on risky spatial decisions impacts harm avoidance" Kevin Jarbo, David Colaço, & Timothy Verstynen (pdf)

"Binding during sequence learning does not alter cortical representations of individual actions" Patrick Beukema & Timothy Verstynen (pdf)

"Keep it Stupid Simple" Erik Peterson, Neati Alp Muyesser, Timothy Verstynen, & Kyle Dunovan (pdf)

"Multi-scale detection of hierarchical community architecture in structural and functional brain networks" Arian Ashourvan, Qawi K. Telesford, Timothy Verstynen, Jean M. Vettel, Danielle S. Bassett (pdf)

"FuSSO: Functional Shrinkage and Selection Operator" Junier B. Oliva, Barnabas Poczos, Timothy Verstynen, Aarti Singh, Jeff Schneider, Fang-Cheng Yeh, Wen-Yih Tseng. (pdf)

"DeBaCl: A Python Package for Interactive DEnsity-BAsed CLustering" Brian P. Kent, Alessandro Rinaldo, Timothy Verstynen. (pdf)

"An analysis of the emergence of adaptive Bayesian priors from Hebbian learning in a simple attractor network model" Timothy Verstynen, Philip N. Sabes (pdf)

Journal Publications & Chapters

"Errors in action timing and inhibition facilitate learning by tuning distinct mechanisms in the underlying decision process" Kyle Dunovan & Timothy Verstynen J. Neurosci (in press) (pdf)

"Local White Matter Architecture Defines Functional Brain Dynamics" Yo Joong Choe, Sivaraman Balakrishnan, Aarti Singh, Jean M. Vettel, & Timothy Verstynen. (2018) In 2018 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics (SMC) , 595-602. (pdf) * Co-winner of Franklin V. Taylor Memorial Award

"Population-Averaged Atlas of the Macroscale Human Structural Connectome and Its Network Topology" Fang-Cheng Yeh, Sandip Panesar, David Fernandes, Antonio Meola, Masanori Yoshino, Juan C. Fernandez-Miranda, Jean Vettel, Timothy Verstynen. NeuroImage (2018) 178; 57-68 (pdf)

"White matter pathways as both a target and mediator of health behaviors" Alexis Porter, Regina Leckie, & Timothy Verstynen. Annals of the NY Academy of Sciences. (in press) (pdf)

"Sensory undertainty impacts avoidance during spatial selections" Kevin Jarbo, Rory Flemming & Timothy D. Verstynen. Experimental Brain Research (2018); 236(2), 529-537(pdf)

"Predicting and binding: interacting algorithms supporting the consolidation of sequential motor skills" Patrick Beukema & Timothy D. Verstynen. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences (2018) 20:98-103.(pdf)

"Local Connectome Phenotypes Predict Social, Health, and Cognitive Factors" Michael Powell, Javier Garcia, Fang-Cheng Yeh, Jean Vettel, & Timothy Verstynen. Network Neuroscience (2018) 2:1, 86-105. (pdf)

"White Matter Tractography and Diffusion‐Weighted Imaging" Jean. M. Vetel, Nicole Cooper, Javier O Garcia, Fang-Cheng Yeh, Timothy D. Verstynen. eLS (2017).(pdf)

"A Brain Phenotype for Stressor‐Evoked Blood Pressure Reactivity" Peter J. Gianaros, Lei K. Sheu, Fatma Uyar, Jayanth Koushik, J. Richard Jennings, Tor D. Wager, Aarti Singh, Timothy D. Verstynen. JAHA (2017);6:e006053.(pdf)

"Developmental Changes in the Integration of Affective and Cognitive Corticostriatal Pathways are Associated with Reward-Driven Behavior." Bart Larsen, Timothy D. Verstynen, Fang-Cheng Yeh, Beatriz Luna. Cereb Cortex (in press). (pdf)

"Differentiating Visual from Response Sequencing during Long-term Skill Learning." B. Lynch, P. Beukema, & T. Verstynen. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience (2017) 29:1, 125-136. (pdf)

"Fusing multiple neuroimaging modalities to assess group differences in perception-action coupling." J Muraskin, J. Sherwin, G. Lieberman, J. O. Garcia, T. Verstynen, J. M. Vettel, P. Sajda. Proceedings of the IEEE (2017) 105(1): 83-100. (pdf)

"Quantifying Differences and Similarities in Whole-Brain White Matter Architecture Using Local Connectome Fingerprints." F-C. Yeh, J. Vettel, A. Singh, B. Poczos, S. Grafton, K. Erickson, W-Y. Tseng, T. Verstynen PLoS. Comput. Bio. (2016) 12(11): e1005203.(pdf)

"Diffusion Capillary Phantom vs. Human Data: Outcomes for Reconstruction Methods Depend on Evaluation Medium." S. Lichenstein, J. Bishop, T. Verstynen, & F-C Yeh. Frontiers in Neuroscience 2016;10 . (pdf)

"Converting Multi-shell and Diffusion Spectrum Imaging to High Angular Resolution Diffusion Imaging." F-C Yeh & T. Verstynen. Frontiers in Neuroscience 2016;10. (pdf)

"Adolescent Brain Development and Depression: A Case for the Importance of Connectivity of the Anterior Cingulate Cortex" S. Lichenstein, T. Verstynen, E. Forbes. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews 70 (2016) 271–287.(pdf)

"Organization of cortico-cortical pathways supporting memory retrieval across subregions of the left ventrolateral prefrontal cortex." Barredo J, Verstynen TD, Badre D. J. Neurophys. 116; 920-937 (2016) (pdf)

"Brain dynamics of post-task resting state are influenced by expertise: insights from baseball players." J. Muraskin, S. Dodhia, G. Lieberman, J. O. Garcia, T. Verstynen, J. M. Vettel, J. Sherwin and Paul Sajda. Hum Brain Mapp. doi: 10.1002/hbm.23321 (2016). (pdf)

"Believer-Skeptic meets Actor-Critic: Rethinking the role of basal ganglia pathways during decision-making and reinforcement learning." K Dunovan, T. Verstynen.Frontiers in Neuroscience,125:162-171 (2016). (pdf)

"Connectometry: A statistical approach harnessing the analytical potential of the local connectome." Yeh F.C., Badre D., Verstynen T. NeuroImage.125:162-171 (2016). (pdf)

"How form constrains function in the human brain." T. Verstynen. Emerging Trends in Social and Behavioral Sciences (eds. S. Kosslyn & R. Scott). doi: 10.1002/9781118900772.etrds0169 (2015) (pdf)

Social network diversity and white matter microstructural integrity in humans.” T. Molesworth, L. Sheulk, S. Cohen, P. Gianaros, and T. Verstynen. Social, Cognitive & Affective Neuroscience 10(9):1169-76.(2015). (pdf)

Brain volume and white matter in youth with type 2 diabetes compared to obese and normal weight, non-diabetic peers: A pilot study.” Rofey DL, Arslanian SA, El Nokali NE, Verstynen T, Watt JC, Black JJ, Sax R, Krall JS, Proulx C, Dillon M, Erickson KI. Int J Dev Neurosci. 46:88-91 (2015). (pdf)

White matter microstructure mediates the relationship between cardiorespiratory fitness and spatial working memory in older adults.” L. Oberlin, T. Verstynen, A. Burzynska, M. Voss, R. Prakash, L.Chaddock-Heyman, C. Wong, J. Fanning, E. Awick, N. Gothe, S. Phillips, E. Mailey, D. Ehlers, E. Olson, T. Wojcicki, E. McAuley, A. Kramer, K. Erickson NeuroImage. S1053-8119(15)00875-7 (2015). (pdf)

Competing basal-ganglia pathways determine the difference between stopping and deciding not to go.” K. Dunovan, B. Lynch, T. Molesworth, T. Verstynen. eLife. (2015). pii: 08723 (pdf)

In vivo characterization of the connectivity and subcomponents of the human globus pallidus.” P Beukema, FC Yeh, T. Verstynen NeuroImage 120(15), 382–393 (2015). (pdf)

Converging structural and functional connectivity of orbitofrontal, dorsolateral prefrontal, and posterior parietal cortex in the human striatum” K Jarbo & T Verstynen. J. Neuroscience. 35(9):3865-78. (2015). (pdf)

Asymmetry, connectivity, and segmentation of the arcuate fascicle in the human brain.“ JC Fernández-Miranda, Y Wang, S Pathak, L Stefaneau, TD Verstynen, FC Yeh. Brain Struct Funct. May;220(3):1665-80 (2015). (pdf)

"Health Neuroscience: defining a new field" Erickson KI, Creswell JD, Verstynen TD, Gianaros PJ. Current Directions in Psychological Science. 23(6) 446–453 (2014). (pdf)

"Big challenges from the ‘little brain – Imaging the cerebellum." J. Schlerf, T. Verstynen, J. Diedrichesn. In T. Papageorgiou, G. Christopoulos, & S. Smirnakis (Eds), Advanced Brain Neuroimaging Topics in Health and Disease- Methods and Applications (pp. 199-223). Rijeka, Croatia: InTech. (2014).

Mapping topographic structure in white matter pathways with level set trees.“ Kent BP, Rinaldo A, Yeh FC, Verstynen T. PLoS One. 9(4):e93344 (2014). (pdf)

The organization and dynamics of corticostriatal pathways link the medial orbitofrontal cortex to future behavioral responses.” TD Verstynen. J Neurophysiology 112 (10): 2457-2469 (2014). (pdf) (data)

Deterministic diffusion fiber tracking improved by quantitative anisotropy.” F-C. Yeh, T. Verstynen, Y. Wang, J.C. Fernandez-Miranda, W-Y. Tseng. PLoS One 8(11): e80713. (2013). (pdf)

Inflammatory pathways link socioeconomic inequalities to white matter architecture.” P. Gianaros, A. Marsland, L. Sheu, K. Erickson, T. Verstynen Cerebral Cortex 23(9):2058-71 (2013). (pdf)

Competing physiological pathways link individual differences in weight and abdominal adiposity to white matter microstructure.” T. Verstynen, AM Weinstein, KI Erickson, L Sheu, A Marsland, PJ Gianaros. NeuroImage 79:129-37 (2013). (pdf)

Cerebral blood flow links insulin resistance and baroreflex sensitivity.” JP Ryan, LK Sheu, TD Verstynen, IC Onyewuenyi, PJ Gianaros. PLoS One. 8(12):e83288. (2013). (pdf)

Explicating the Face Perception Network with White Matter Connectivity.” JA Pyles, T Verstynen, W Schneider, MJ Tarr. PLoS ONE 8(4): e61611. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0061611 (2013). (pdf)

Rethinking the role of the middle longitudinal fascicle in language and auditory pathways.” Y. Wang, JC. Fernández-Miranda, T. Verstynen, S. Pathak, W. Schneider, F.-C. Yeh. Cerebral Cortex Oct;23(10):2347-56 (2013). (pdf)

Caudate nucleus volume mediates the link between cardiorespiratory fitness and cognitive flexibility in older adults.“ T. Verstynen*, B. Lynch*, D. Miller, M. W. Voss, R. S. Prakash, L. Chaddock, C. Basak, A. Szabo, E. A. Olson, T. R. Wojcicki, J. Fanning, N. P. Gothe, E. McAuley, A.F. Kramer, K. I. Erickson. Journal of Aging Research, Article ID 939285 (2012). * authors contributed equally. (pdf)

Increased body mass index is associated with global decreases in white matter microstructural integrity.” T. Verstynen, A. Weinstein, D. Rofey, W. Schneider, J. Jakicic, K. Erickson. Psychosomatic Medicine. 74(7):682-90 (2012). (pdf)

In vivo quantification of global connectivity in the human corpus callosum.” K. Jarbo, T. Verstynen, W. Schneider. NeuroImage 59(3): 1988-96 (2012). (pdf)

Visuotopic cortical connectivity underlying visual attention revealed with white-matter tractography.” A. Greenberg, T. Verstynen, Y.C. Chiu, S. Yantis, W. Schneider, M. Behrmann J. Neuroscience, 32(8):2773-2782 (2012). (pdf)

High-definition fiber tractography of the human brain: Neuroanatomical validation and neurosurgical applications.” J.C. Fernandez-Miranda, J. Engh, S. Pathak, K. Jarbo, T. Verstynen, Y. Wang, F. Boada, W. Schneider, R. Friedlander. Neurosurgery. Aug;71(2):430-53 (2012) (pdf)

Microstructural organizational patterns in the human corticostriatal system.” T. Verstynen, D. Badre, K. Jarbo and W. Schneider. J Neurophys. 107(11):2984-95 (2012). (pdf)

Dynamic sensorimotor planning during long-term sequence learning: the role of variability, response chunking and planning errors.” T. Verstynen, J. Phillips, E. Braun, B. Workman, C. Schunn, W. Schneider. PLoS One 7(10):e47336 (2012). (pdf)

Using pulse oximetry to account for high and low frequency physiological artifacts in the BOLD signal.” T. Verstynen and V. Deshpande NeuroImage 55(4):1633-44 (2011). (pdf)

In vivo mapping of microstructrual topographies in the human corticospinal pathways.” T. Verstynen, K. Jarbo, S. Pathak, and W. Schneider J Neurophysiol. 105: 336-346 (2011). (pdf)

How each movement changes the next: an experimental and theoretical study of fast adaptive priors in reaching.” T. Verstynen and P.N. Sabes. J. Neuroscience 31(27):10050-10059 (2011). (pdf) Supplemental analysis of learning dynamics (pdf).

Network dynamics mediating ipsilateral motor cortex activity during unimanual actions.” T. Verstynen and R.B. Ivry. J Cog Neuro 23(9): 2468-80 (2011). (pdf)

"Advances in functional imaging of the human cerebellum.” J. Diedrichsen, T. Verstynen, J. Schlerf, and T. Wiester. Current Opinion in Neurology. 23(4):382-387 (2010).

"Experiencing the future: The influence of self-initiation on temporal perception." T. Verstynen, M. Oliver, & R. B. Ivry. In Space and Time in Perception and Action; Ed. Romi Nijhawan. pp. 164-180 (2010). (pdf)

Transcranial magnetic stimulation of posterior parietal cortex affects decisions of hand choice.” F. Olivera, J. Diedrichsen, T. Verstynen, J. Duque and R.B. Ivry Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 107(41):17751-17755 (2010). (pdf)

Evidence of somatotopy in the lateral cerebellar hemisphere for coordinated actions.” J. Schlerf*, T. Verstynen*, R.B. Ivry, and R. Spencer. J. Neurophysiol. 103(6):3330-3336 (2010). *co-first authors (pdf)

Prefrontal and parietal contributions to refreshing: An rTMS study.” B.T. Miller, T. Verstynen, M. K. Johnson, M. D’Esposito. NeuroImage 39:436-440 (2008). (pdf)

Voluntary and involuntary attention affect face discrimination differently.“ M. Esterman, W. Prinzmetal, J. DeGutis, A. Landau, E. Hazeltine, T. Verstynen, and L. Robertson. Neuropsychologia 46(4):1032-40 (2008). (pdf)

Cerebellar activation during discrete and not continuous timed movements: an fMRI study.” R. M. Spencer, T. Verstynen, M. Brett & R. B. Ivry. NeuroImage 36, 378-87 (2007). * Winner of the Editors Choice Award for Systems Neuroscience 2007. (pdf)

Illusions of force perception: the role of sensori-motor predictions, visual information, and motor errors.” J. Diedrichsen*, T. Verstynen*, A. Hon, Y. Zhang & R.B. Ivry. J Neurophsyiol 97, 3305-3313 (2007). *co-first authors (pdf)

Attenuating illusory binding with TMS of the right parietal cortex.” M. Esterman, T. Verstynen & L. C. Robertson. NeuroImage 35, 1247-1255 (2007). (pdf)

Ipsilateral corticospinal projections do not predict congenital mirror movements: A case report.” T. Verstynen, R. Spencer, C. Stinear, T. Konkle, J. Diedrichsen, W. Byblow & R. B. Ivry Neuropsychologia 45(4), 844-852 (2007). (pdf)

Coming Unbound: disrupting automatic integration of synesthetic color and graphemes by TMS of the right parietal lobe.“ M. Esterman, T. Verstynen, R.B. Ivry & L.C. Robertson. J Cog Neuro 18, 1570-1576 (2006). (pdf)

Two types of TMS-induced movement variability following stimulation of the primary motor cortex.” T. Verstynen, T. Konkle, & R. B. Ivry. J Neurophysiol 96, 1018-1029 (2006). (pdf)

Ipsilateral motor cortex activity during unimanual hand movements relates to task complexity.” T. Verstynen*, J. Diedrichsen*, N. Albert, P. Aparicio, and R.B. Ivry. J Neurophysiol 93(3), 1209-1222 (2005). *co-first authors (pdf)

Cerebellar involvement in anticipating the consequences of self-produced actions during bimanual movement.” J. Diedrichsen, T. Verstynen, S. Lehman, & R.B. Ivry. J Neurophysiol 93(2), 801-812 (2005). (pdf)

Anticipatory adjustments in the unloading task: Is an efference copy necessary for learning?” J. Diedrichsen, T. Verstynen, A. Hon, S. Lehman and R.B. Ivry, Exp Brain Res 148(2):272-6 (2003). (pdf)

Early life exposure to a novel environment modulates ‘handedness’ in rats.” A. C. Tang and T. Verstynen, Behavioural Brain Research 131(1-2):1-7 (2002).

Neonatal novelty exposure modulates hippocampal volumetric asymmetry in the rat.” T. Verstynen, R. Tierney, T. Urbanski, and A. Tang. NeuroReport 12(14):3019-22 (2001).

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