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Elizabeth M. Brannon, Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience and Associate Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology

Elizabeth M. Brannon
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PhDColumbia University2000

Developmental Psychology
Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience
Research Interests: Development and Evolution of Numerical Abilities

Current projects: Numerical discrimination in infants, Electrophysiological correlates of numerical discrimination, Preschool intervention Project, Training the approximate numerical system, Psychophysics of numerical discrimination in monkeys and lemurs, Electrophysiology of number representation in monkeys, Neural correlates of number in adults and children, using fMRI

Dr. Brannon's research program examines the evolution and development of quantitative cognition. She studies how number, time, and spatial extent are represented by adult humans, infants, young children and nonhuman animals without language. With her many collaborators at Duke she applies behavioral techniques, event-related potentials, functional magnetic resonance imaging, and single-unit physiology to explore the cognitive and neural underpinnings of numerical cognition in nonhuman primates and throughout the human lifespan.

Areas of Interest:

Cognitive development
Numerical Cognition
Developmental cognitive neuroscience
Educational Neuroscience
Primate cognition


Lab Website LSRC Building, 668-0437
Curriculum Vitae
Postdocs Mentored

  • JoonKoo Park (2011/12-present)
  • Michal Pinhas (2011 - 2013)
  • Dustin Merritt (October 1, 2006 - 2012)
  • Sara Cordes (October 1, 2005 - 2009)
  • Jamie Roitman (August 1, 2005 - June 1, 2006)
  • Donna Lutz (July 15, 2003 - 2005)
  • Kerrie Lewis (January 15, 2003 - 2004)
  • Tatiana Gautier (2002/08-2003/08)
Representative Publications   (More Publications)   (search)

  1. KE Jordan, EL MacLean and EM Brannon (2008). Monkeys match and tally quantities across senses. Cognition, 108(3), 617-625. [doi]  [abs]
  2. EM Brannon, ME Libertus, WH Meck and MG Woldorff (2008). Electrophysiological measures of time processing in infant and adult brains: Weber's Law holds.. J Cogn Neurosci, 20(2), 193-203. [18275328], [doi]  [abs]
  3. S Cordes and EM Brannon (2008). The difficulties of representing continuous extent in infancy: using number is just easier.. Child Dev, 79(2), 476-489. [18366435], [doi]  [abs]
  4. JF Cantlon and EM Brannon (2007). Basic math in monkeys and college students.. PLoS Biol, 5(12), e328. [18092890], [doi]  [abs]
  5. JD Roitman, EM Brannon and ML Platt (2007). Monotonic coding of numerosity in macaque lateral intraparietal area.. PLoS Biol, 5(8), e208. [17676978], [doi]  [abs]
  6. EM Brannon, S Suanda and K Libertus (2007). Temporal discrimination increases in precision over development and parallels the development of numerosity discrimination.. Dev Sci, 10(6), 770-777. [17973794], [doi]  [abs]
  7. EM Brannon (2006). The representation of numerical magnitude.. Curr Opin Neurobiol, 16(2), 222-229. [16546373], [doi]  [abs]
  8. JF Cantlon, EM Brannon, EJ Carter and KA Pelphrey (2006). Functional imaging of numerical processing in adults and 4-y-old children.. PLoS Biol, 4(5), e125. [16594732], [doi]  [abs]

Rosa Li
Caroline Drucker
Ariel Starr
Nick DeWind
Joonkoo Park (post-doc)
Michal Pinhas (post-doc)
Monica Carlson (monkey lab manager)
Celia Litovsky (developmental lab manager)

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