University of Wisconsin–Madison

Brad Postle


(608) 262-4330

515 Psychology

Research Area(s)
Biology of Brain and Behavior
Cognitive and Cognitive Neuroscience

Lab Website
Postle Laboratory

Research Interest
The cognitive and neural bases of short-term and working memory, attention, and consciousness. Methods that we use include behavioral studies, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), repetitive TMS, electroencephalography (EEG), and combinations of these. Multivariate analysis methods are increasingly important for our work.

Representative Publications
Larocque, J.J., Lewis-Peacock, J.A., and Postle, B.R. (2014). Multiple neural states of representation in short-term memory? It’s a matter of attention. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 8:5. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2014.00005.

Kundu, B., Sutterer, D.W., Emrich, S.M., and Postle, B.R. (2013). Strengthened effective connectivity underlies transfer of working memory training to tests of short-term memory and attention. The Journal of Neuroscience, 33, 8705-8715. PMC3758887

Emrich, S.M., Riggall, A.C., LaRocque, J.J., and Postle, B.R. (2013). Distributed patterns of activity in sensory cortex reflect the precision of multiple items maintained in visual short-term memory. The Journal of Neuroscience, 33, 6516-6523. PMC3664518

Riggall, A.C. and Postle, B.R. (2012). The relationship between working memory storage and elevated activity, as measured with fMRI. The Journal of Neuroscience, 32, 12990-12998. PMC3470886

Johnson, J.S., Kundu, B., Casali, A.G., and Postle, B.R. (2012). Task dependent changes in cortical excitability and effective connectivity: A combined TMS-EEG study. Journal of Neurophysiology, 107, 2383-2392. PMC3362246