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Paul D. Kieffaber, Ph.D.

meAssociate Professor
Department of Psychology

Faculty Affiliate
Applied Science



The psychophysiology of attention & cognitive control and assessment of cognitive deficits in clinical populations.


* indicates student author


Dickter, C. & Kieffaber, P. D., (2013). EEG Methods in Psychological Science. Sage Publications, London.


Kieffaber, P.D., Hershaw, J., Sredl, J., West, R. (In Press) Electrophysiological Correlates of Error Initiation and Response Correction. Neuroimage.

Kieffaber, P.D., Cunningham, E., & Hershaw, J., Okhravi, H. R.  (In Press) A brief neurometric battery for the assessment of age-related changes in cognitive function. Clinical Neurophysiology.

Brenner, C., Rumak, S. P., Burns, A., & Kieffaber, P. D. (2014) The Role of Encoding and Attention in Facial Emotion Memory: An EEG Investigation, International Journal of Psychophysiology, 93, 398-410. 

* Oleynick, V. C., Thrash, T. M., LeFew, M. C., Moldovan, E. G., Kieffaber, P. D. (2014) The scientific study of inspiration in the creative process: Challenges and opportunities, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8(436), 1-8. 

West, R., Tiernan, B. N., Kieffaber, P. D., Bailey, K., & Anderson, S. (2014) The effects of age on the neural correlates of feedback processing in a naturalistic gambling game. Psychophysiology, 51(8), 734-745. 

West, R., Bailey, K., Anderson, S. Kieffaber, P. (2014) Beyond the FRN: A Spatio-temporal Analysis of the Neural Correlates of Feedback Processing in a Virtual Blackjack Game. Brain and Cognition, 86, 104-115. 

Dickter, C. L., Kieffaber, P. D., Kittel, J. A. & Forestell, C. A. (2013) Mu Suppression as an Indicator of Activation of the Perceptual-Motor System by Smoking-related Cues in Smokers, Psychophysiology, 50(7), 664-70

* Lindbergh, C. A., Kieffaber,P. D. (2013) The Neural Correlates of Temporal Judgments in the Duration Bisection Task. Neuropsychologia, 51(2), 191-196.

* Gayle, L. C., Gal, D., & Kieffaber, P. D. (2012) Measuring affective reactivity in individuals with autism spectrum personality traits using the visual mismatch negativity event-related brain potential. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 6(334), 1-7.

Kieffaber,P. D., Kruschke, J. K., Walker,P. M., Cho, R. Y., & Hetrick, W. P.  (2012) Thecontributions of stimulus- and response-set to control and conflict in task-set switching. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance.  Advance online publication. doi: 10.1037/a0029545 

Kieffaber, P. D., Cho, R. Y.  (2010) Induced cortical gamma-band oscillations reflect cognitive control elicited by implicit probability cues in the preparing to overcome prepotency  (POP) task. Cognitive Affective & Behavioral Neuroscience, 10, 431-440. 

 Brenner, C.A., Kieffaber, P. D., Johannesen, J.K., O’Donnell, B. F., Hetrick, W. P.  (2009) Event-related potential abnormalities in Schizophrenia: A failure to ’gate-in’ salient information?, Schizophrenia Research, 113  (2-3),332-338.

* Paytner, C., Kieffaber, P. D., Reder, L.M.  (2009) Knowing we know before we know: ERP correlates of initial feeling-of-knowing. Neuropsychologia, 47  (3), 796-803.

Reder, L. M., Park, H., & Kieffaber, P. D.  (2009) Memory systems do not divide on consciousness: Reinterpreting memory in terms of activation and binding.  Psychological Bulletin, 135  (1), 23-49.

Carroll, C., Kieffaber, P. D., Vohs, J.L., O’Donnell, B. F., Shekhar, A., Hetrick, W. P.  (2008) Contributions of Spectral Frequency Analyses to the Study of P50 ERP Amplitude and Suppression in Bipolar Disorder With or Without a History of Psychosis. Bipolar Disorders, 10  (7), 776-787

Vohs, J.L., Hetrick, W. P., Kieffaber, P. D., Bodkins, M., Bismark, A., Shekhar, A., & O’Donnell, B. F.  (2008), Visual event-related potentials in schizotypal personality disorder and schizophrenia. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 117 (1), 119-131

Kieffaber, P. D., Marcoulides, G. A., White, M., & Harrington, D. E.,  (2007) Modeling the ecological validity of neurocognitive assessment in adults with acquired brain injury. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, 14 (3), 206-218

Kieffaber, P. D., O’Donnell, B. F., Shekhar, A., & Hetrick, W. P.,  (2007) Event-related brain potential evidence for preserved attentional set switching in schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research, 93, 355-365.

Kieffaber, P. D., Kappenman, E., O’Donnell, B. F., Shekhar, A., Bodkins, M., & Hetrick, W. P.  (2006) Shifting and maintenance of task set in schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research, 84 (2-3), 345-358.

Kieffaber, P. D. & Hetrick, W. P.  (2005). Event-related Potential Correlates of Task-switching and Switch Costs. Psychophysiology, 42, 56-71.

Johannesen, J. K., Kieffaber, P. D., O’Donnell, B. F., Shekhar, A., Evans, J. D., & Hetrick,, W. P. (2005).  Contributions of subtype and spectral frequency analysis to the study of P50 ERP amplitude and suppression in schizophrenia.  Schizophrenia Research, 78, 269-284. 

Brown, S. M., Kieffaber, P. D, Vohs, J. L., Carroll, C. A., Tracy, J. A., Shekhar, A., O’Donnell, B. F., Steinmetz, J. E., & Hetrick, W. P.  (2005). Eye-blink conditioning deficits indicate timing and cerebellar abnormalities in schizophrenia. Brain and Cognition, 58, 94-108. 

Zirnheld, P. J., Carroll, C. A., Kieffaber, P. D., O’Donnell, B. F., Shekhar, S., & Hetrick, W. P.  (2004). Haloperidol Impairs Learning and Error-Related Negativity  (ERN) in Humans. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 16 (6), 1098-1112.