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James R. Booth

Patricia and Rodes Hart Professor

James R. Booth is the Patricia and Rodes Hart Professor of Educational Neuroscience in the Department of Psychology and Human Development at Vanderbilt University. The overall goals of his research are to understand the brain mechanisms of the development of reading, math and scientific reasoning in typical and atypical populations. Prof. Booth has been continuously funded for close to two decades and has published extensively in diverse journals. He has served in various roles both within and outside of the university, such as departmental chairperson, review panel member and associate editor. Prof Booth aims to facilitate the interaction between the fields of cognition, neuroscience and education.

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Representative Publications

Cao F *, Brennan C & Booth JR (2015). The brain adapts to orthography with experience: Evidence from English and Chinese. Developmental Science, 18, 785-798.

Demir E *, Prado J & Booth JR (2015). Parental socioeconomic status and the neural basis of arithmetic: Differential relations to verbal and visuo-spatial representations. Developmental Science, 18, 799-814.

Gullick MM * & Booth JR (2015). The direct segment of the arcuate fasciculus is predictive of longitudinal reading change. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 13, 68-74.

Berteletti I * & Booth JR (2015). Perceiving fingers in single-digit arithmetic problems. Frontiers in Psychology, 6, 226.

Berteletti I *, Man G & Booth JR (2015). How number line estimation skills relate to neural activations in single digit subtraction problems. Neuroimage, 107, 198-206.

McNorgan C *, Awati N, Desroches A & Booth JR (2014). Multimodal lexical processing in auditory cortex is literacy skill-dependent. Cerebral Cortex, 24, 2464-2475.

Prado J *, Mutreja R, Booth JR (2014). Developmental dissociation in the neural responses to simple multiplication and subtraction problems. Developmental Science, 17, 537-552.

Berteletti I *, Prado J & Booth JR (2014). Children with mathematical learning disability fail in recruiting verbal and numerical brain regions when solving simple multiplication problems. Cortex, 57, 143–155.

Gullick MM * & Booth JR (2014). Individual differences in crossmodal brain activity predict arcuate fasisculus connectivity in developing readers. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 26, 1331-1346.

Demir E *, Prado J & Booth JR (2014). The differential role of spatial and verbal working memory in the neural basis of arithmetic. Developmental Neuropsychology, 39, 440-458.

Cao F *, Tao R, Liu L, Perfetti CA & Booth JR (2013). High proficiency in a second language is characterized by greater involvement of the first language network: Evidence from Chinese learners of English. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 25, 1649-1663.

Li Y *, Booth JR, Peng D, Zang Y, Li J, Yan C & Ding G (2013). Altered intra- and inter-regional synchronization of superior temporal cortex in deaf people. Cerebral Cortex, 23, 1988-1996.

Brennan C *, Cao F, Pedroareana-Leal N, McNorgan C & Booth JR (2013). Reading acquisition reorganizes the phonological awareness network only in alphabetic systems. Human Brain Mapping, 34, 3354-3368.

Liu L *, You W, Wang W, Guo X, Peng D & Booth JR (2013). Altered brain structure in Chinese dyslexic children. Neuropsychologia, 51, 1169-1176.

Prado J *, Lu J, Liu L, Zhou X & Booth JR (2013). The neural basis of the multiplication problem-size effect across countries. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7, 189.

Liu L *, Tao R, Wang W, You W, Peng D & Booth JR (2013). Chinese dyslexics show neural differences in morphological processing. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 6, 40-50.

McNorgan C *, Randazzo-Wagner M & Booth JR (2013). Cross-modal integration in the brain is related to phonological awareness only in typical readers, not in those with reading difficulty. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7, 388.

Prado J *, Mutreja R & Booth JR (2013). Fractionating the neural substrates of deductive reasoning: Task-dependent contributions of spatial and verbal representations. Cerebral Cortex, 23, 499-507.

Liu L *, Wang W, You W, Li Y, Awati N, Zhao X, Booth JR & Peng D (2012). Similar alterations in brain function for phonological and semantic processing to visual characters in Chinese dyslexia. Neuropsychologia, 50, 2224-2232.

Li Y *, Ding G, Booth JR, Huang R, Lu Y, Zang Y, He Y & Peng D (2012). Sensitive period for white matter connectivity of superior temporal cortex in deaf people. Human Brain Mapping. 33, 349-359.


* indicates first author is (or was) a graduate student, visiting scholar or post doctoral research associate in my lab