Department of Psychology and the College
Monica Rosenberg’s work focuses on what can be learned about a person from that individual’s unique patterns of brain activity and what these patterns can reveal about the nature of the brain and mind. In particular, she builds models that predict individual differences in attention and cognition from functional brain connectivity. Her work shows that data collected while an individual is resting in an MRI scanner can be used to predict aspects of the person’s behavior, including how well the person pays attention and remembers information. Rosenberg’s work also uses functional MRI, behavioral experiments, and machine learning methods to investigate how attention fluctuates over time, changes across development, and interacts with the rest of the mind.
One of Forbes’s 2017 “30 under 30” in science, Rosenberg is the recipient of a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Her work has been published in outlets that include Nature Neuroscience, Nature Communications, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and the Journal of Neuroscience.
Rosenberg completed her PhD and postdoctoral training in psychology at Yale University and earned her undergraduate degree in cognitive neuroscience at Brown University. At the University of Chicago, she will direct the Cognition, Attention, and Brain Lab, exploring how people pay attention and how insights from attention research can help improve focus.