MAUREEN BOWERS

I received my BS in Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics from the University of Maryland in 2013. I then worked as a research coordinator at the University of Pennsylvania at The Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Nicotine Addiction. Currently, I am a doctoral student in the Neuroscience and Cognitive Sciences (NACS) program. I am interested in the development of cognitive control throughout adolescence and young adulthood. Specifically, I use ERP and time-frequency measures to investigate neural mechanisms underlying cognitive control. Most recently, I have been examining the effects of reward on the temporal dynamics of cognitive control in adolescents and young adults. Possible deficits in monitoring or cognitive control in adolescence could lend insight into the increased risk-taking behavior observed in adolescence. Read Maureen's CV or her recent work in Psychophysiology.

Current study: Motivation and Cognitive Control in Adolescence
When given a cue, both adolescents and adult tend to prepare for an upcoming stimuli. Moreover, in the presence of potential reward, this preparation is upregulated. However, little is know about the neural mechanisms underlying enhanced preparation when a reward is possible. In this study, we are using advanced time-frequency analyses to investigate in which ways preparatory neural activity differs in the presence and absence of reward in adolescents and adults. Moreover, can we use this neural activity to predict risky behavior? If you would like more information, please email: mbowers1@umd.edu.