I want to know how people think. I am particularly interested in “high-level cognition,” such as how people understand whole stories, and solve complex problems. I particularly want to know how the brain thinks. All research on the brain and on thinking or perceiving, without regard to the brain, is interesting and useful. But I find it particularly satisfying to try to link the brain’s wetware to the mind’s software. Not just for the sake of connecting the mental realm to the physical, but because evidence from each domain helps constrain theories in the other, hopefully providing novel insights into both. Which brings me to my research...
Salvi, C., Simoncini, C., Grafman, J., & Beeman, M. (2020). Oculometric signature of switch into awareness? Pupil-size predicts sudden insight whereas microsaccades problem-solving via analysis. Neuroimage, 217, 116933
Sanders, K.G. & Beeman, M. (2021). Sleep and incubation: Using problem reactivation during sleep to study forgetting fixation and unconscious processing during sleep incubation. Journal of Cognitive Psychology. DOI 1080/20445911.2021.1912050
Yu, Y., Oh., Y., Kounios, J. & Beeman, M. (2022). Dynamics of hidden brain states when people solve verbal puzzles. NeuroImage, 255. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2022.119202
Sanders, K.G., Osburn, S., Paller, K., & Beeman, M. (2019). Targeted Memory Reactivation during Sleep Improves Next-Day Problem Solving. Psychological Science, 30, 1616-1624. doi:10.1177/0956797619873344
Cristofori, I., Salvi, C., Beeman, M. & Grafman, J. (2018). The effects of reward on problem solving. Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience, 18, 925-931. doi: 10.3758/s13415-018-0613-5.
Zabelina, D.L., Saporta, A., & Beeman, M. (2016). Broad or flexible attention in creative individuals? Distinct patterns of attention for different types of creative thinking. Memory & Cognition, 44, 488-498. doi:10.3758/s13421-015-0569-4 (Memory & Cognition Best Paper award, 2016)
Salvi, C., Bricolo, E., Franconeri, S., Kounios, J., Beeman, M. (2015). Sudden insight is associated with shutting out visual inputs. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 22, 1814-1819.
Kounios, J. & Beeman, M. (2014). The cognitive neuroscience of insight. Annual Review of Psychology, 65, 71-93. PMID: 24405359
Subramaniam, K., Kounios, J., Parrish, T.B., & Jung-Beeman, (2009). A brain mechanism for facilitation of insight by positive affect. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 21, 415-432.
Kounios, J., Frymiare, J.L., Bowden, E.M., Fleck, J.I., Subramaniam, K., Parrish, T.B., & Jung-Beeman, M. (2006). The prepared mind: Neural activity prior to problem presentation predicts solution by sudden insight. Psychological Science, 17, 882-890.
Jung-Beeman, M. (2005). Bilateral brain processes for comprehending natural language. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 9, 512-518
Jung-Beeman, M., Bowden, E.M., Haberman, J., Frymiare, J.L., Arambel-Liu, S., Greenblatt, R., Reber, P.J., & Kounios, J. (2004). Neural activity observed in people solving verbal problems with insight. Public Library of Science – Biology, 2, 500-510. PMID: 15094802