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Behavioral Science




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photo of Yang Jiang Yang Jiang, Ph.D.

(Miami Univ. (OH), Psychology 1995; Postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School, Catholic University of America, and National Institute of Mental Health)

113 Medical Behavioral Science Building
Phone: (859) 257-2122

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Research Description

Dr. Jiang’s research focuses on understanding the neural mechanisms underlying visual perception and cognition in healthy and clinical populations. Her lab is using approaches of psychophysics and cognitive neuroscience, such as functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), and event-related potentials (ERPs).  The current projects include developing neurosignatures of memory malfunction and cognitive impairment due to aging or brain damage, and measuring individual differences in behavior, brain responses and genetics associated with cognitive and affective processes.

2012 Accomplishments

Dr. Jiang is an Associate Professor at the Department of Behavioral Science, and affiliated faculty member at the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging.  As the director of the Laboratory of Aging Brain and Cognition in Behavioral Science since 2003, Dr. Jiang has a most productive year in research, teaching and service in 2012.  Research. Eleven (11) peer-reviewed publications (6 as senior author) were in print.  She made twelve (12) presentations at international or national conferences along with students and collaborators, including oral presentations at two symposia.  She is a co-investigator on recently renewed National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding to the Center for Drug Abuse Translation at the University of Kentucky.   Dr. Jiang submitted a grant application (NIH R01) on cognitive electrophysiological biomarkers with preclinical Alzheimer’s disease as principal investigator (PI), served as a co-investigator on an NIH grant (R03), which is fundable pending council meeting, and a NIH SBIR application currently under review.  She is also a faculty sponsor for a graduate student grant application (NIH F30).  She also served as PI in multiple grant applications to the Alzheimer’s Association, the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation, and the American Health Assistance Foundation.   Teaching. She was a course co-director to a graduate seminar (BSC 772) under the Clinical and Translational Science (CTS) PhD program.  She continued to teach first year medical students in Introduction to Clinical Medicine (MD811). Her teaching evaluation as a preceptor was excellent (3.8/4). She served as a faculty mentor to a 4th year medical student research rotation (Neu852), supervised research apprenticeships for three graduate students (RHB789; BSC790), and mentored an undergraduate student (BIO397). She was a guest lecturer for Comparative Decision Making Studies (CS660).  Dr. Jiang served on seven (7) Ph.D. committees in 2012, two of them as a chair or co-chair.  She is mentoring an MD/PhD candidate supported by NIH T-32 training grant to CTS, and supervised two summer medical students. A winning poster was awarded to the undergraduate trainee at the 2012 Spring Neuroscience Day.   Service. Dr. Jiang continues to serve the research community at large by participating in the peer-review of grants.  She reviews grant proposals for the National Science Foundation, NIH, Alzheimer's Association, and USAFOSR. She continues to be a manuscript reviewer for multiple peer-reviewed journals in cognitive neuroscience and psychology. She served as faculty judge and her laboratory trainees presented on Neuroscience Day, the Spring Conference in Clinical and Translational Research, and the Markesbery Symposium on Aging and Dementia.  Dr. Jiang serves on the steering committees for Cognitive Science, University of Kentucky Asia Center committee, the International Activities committee, and the Administrative Council for Gerontology. She is a co-chair for the Global Health International Research Committee for the College of Medicine.

Research Funding

Co-Investigator, “Individual Differences in sensation seeking status”, (Kelly), National Institute of Drug Abuse, P50 DA005312 to UK CDART center (Bardo), 2008-2013.

Co-Investigator, “Individual Differences in reward and inhibition”, National Institute of Drug Abuse, (Lynam), P50 DA005312 (Bardo), 2008-2013.

Co-Principal Investigator, “Alzheimer's disease detection via non-linear analysis of EEG”, Department of Energy, DE-AC05-OR22725 to Ork Ridge National Laboratory (UK site Smith), 6/2005-9/09.

Principal Investigator, "NeuroImaging of complex motion in young and old", National Institute of Aging (NIA), K01 AG00986 (Jiang), 9/2001-8/07.

Principal Investigator, "Brain imaging of visual memory for dynamic 3-D objects" Pilot grant, part of NIH P50 AG05144-21 to Alzheimer Disease Research Center (Markesbery), 5/2004-3/07.

Representative Publications

McBride, J, Zhao, X, Munro, N, Smith, C, Jicha, J, & Jiang, Y (2013). Resting EEG discrimination of early Alzheimer’s disease from normal aging using inter-channel coherence network graphs. Annals of Biomedical Engineering, 41 (6), 1233-1242.  

Lawson, A, Liu, X, Joseph, J, Vagnini, V, Thomas, KH, Jiang, Y (2012). Sensation seeking predicts brain responses in the old-new task: converging multimodal neuroimaging evidence, International Journal of Psychophysiology, 84(3): 260-9; doi: 10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2012.03.003.

Parasuraman, R & Jiang, Y (2012).   Individual differences in cognition, affect, and performance: Behavioral, neuroimaging, and molecular genetic approaches, NeuroImage, 59 (1), p70-82.

Broster, LS, Blonder, L, & Jiang, Y (2012). Does emotional memory enhancement assist the memory-impaired?  A mini-review, Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 4:2. doi: 10.3389/fnagi.2012.00002.

Jiang, Y, Lianekhammy, J, Lawson, A, Guo, C, Lynam, D, Joseph, J, Gold, BT, & Kelly, TH. (2009). Brain responses to repeated visual experience among low and high sensation seekers: role of boredom susceptibility, Psychiatry Research: NeuroImaging, 173, 100-106.

Jones, WJ, Childers, TL, & Jiang, Y (2012). The shopping brain: mathematical anxiety modulates brain responses to buying decisions, Biological Psychology, 89, 201-213. doi:10.1016/j.biopsycho.2011.10.011.

Jiang, Y, Luo, YJ, & Parasuraman, R. (2009). Neural mechanisms underlying age-related reduction in visual motion priming, Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition, 16(2): 164-82.

Ding, JH, Powell, D, & Jiang, Y (2009). Dissociable frontal controls during visible and memory-guided eye-tracking of moving targets, Human Brain Mapping, 30:3541-3552.

Jiang, Y, Boehler, CN, Nönnig, N, Düzel, E, Hopf, JM, Heinze, HJ, & Schoenfeld, MA (2008). Spatial-temporal analysis of binding 3D shape perception, Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 20, (4), 553-562.

Guo, CY, Lawson, A, Zhang, Q, & Jiang, Y (2008). Brain potentials of new and studied objects during working memory, Human Brain Mapping, 29, (4), 441-452 (Cover Illustration).

Jiang, Y, Ding, JH, Gold, BT, & Powell, D (2008). The hemispheric asymmetries in tracking occluded moving targets with the mind’s eye: Simultaneous event-related fMRI and eye-movement recording, Brain Imaging and Behavior, 2: (4), 300-308.

Lawson, AL,Guo, C, & Jiang, Y (2007). Age effects on brain activity during repetition priming of targets and distracters, Neuropsychologia, 45, 1223-1231.

Guo, CY, Lawson, A, & Jiang, Y (2007). Two distinct neural mechanisms of repetition priming, Neuroscience, 149, 747-759.

Zhang, Q, Guo, C, Lawson, A, & Jiang, Y (2006). Electrophysiological correlates of visual affective priming, Brain Research Bulletin, 71, 316-323.

Jiang, Y, Luo, YJ, & Parasuraman, R (2002). Neural correlates for perceptual priming of visual motion.  Brain Research Bulletin, 57 (2), 211-219.

Jiang, Y, Haxby, JV, Martin, A, Ungerleider, LG, & Parasuraman, R (2000). Complementary neural mechanisms for tracking familiar items in human working memory.  Science, 287, 643-646.

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