Visiting Research Professor and Adjunct Assistant Professor
Cognition & Perception

Current course

Lab in Human Cognition


  • Data science in the biotech and healthcare industries.
  • Neuroscience of eye and hand movements, spatial attention, and working memory.
  • Basic and clinical research on brain disorders such as Parkinson’s disease.
  • Neural and cognitive processing of art and music.


Our eyes move to see the world and guide our attention. Our hands move to interact with the world. I do research on the neuroscience of eye movements, hand movements, and spatial cognition. These functions can be impaired by brain damage, and hence I am a consultant for the medical device industry on Parkinson’s disease and for researchers at universities on traumatic brain injury.

Before becoming a neuroscientist, I took fiction writing workshops at the University of Iowa and worked in art museums in Minneapolis, MN. These experiences led to my interest in the neuroscience and psychology of art. Accordingly, my colleagues and I published a paper on how the brain uses different pathways to remember the rhythmic vs. the melodic components of music, as when we hear a song in our head. And I am collaborating with a museum to compare how the brain represents art to how curators present art in museums.

Academic Appointments

  • 2015 - present: Visiting Research Professor, Department of Psychology, New York University
  • 2012 - 2014: Research Assistant Professor, Center for Cognitive Sciences, University of Minnesota
  • 2007 - 2012: Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Psychology, New York University
  • 2004 - 2007: Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Magnetic Resonance Research, University of Minnesota


  • Deep brain stimulation for Parkinson's disease, Medtronic
  • fMRI biomarkers for traumatic brain injury, University of Minnesota
  • Impact of diabetes on the brain and cognition, University of Minnesota
  • Art as optimized stimuli for the brain, Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Education and Training

  • Data Science Certificate, NYC Data Science Academy
  • Ph.D. in Neuroscience, University of Minnesota
  • B.A. in Psychology, minors in Philosophy and English, University of Iowa

Selected Publications and Recent Conference Presentations

Jerde TA (In Press). Medical device implants for neuromodulation. In Conductive Polymers: Electrical Interactions in Cell Biology and Medicine. Eds: Zehang Z, Rouabhia M, and Moulton S, Taylor & Francis Books, Inc.

Jerde TA (In Press). Review of Investigating the Psychological World by Brian D. Haig, 2014. Quarterly Review of Biology.

Jerde TA, Burton PC, Björnsdotter M, Hedges JH (2016). Mapping human frontal and parietal cortex for attention, saccades, and hand movements using 7 Tesla fMRI. Cognitive Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting.

Jerde TA, Kelly M, Reinking N, Billstrom, Lentz L, Raike RS (2016). Feasibility of 1.5T fMRI BOLD activation patterns for guiding deep brain stimulation targeting and parameter selection demonstrated in a large-animal model. Society for Neuroscience Conference Annual Meeting.

Jerde TA (2014). Review of Fundamentals of Cognitive Neuroscience by BJ Baars and NM Gage, 2012. Quarterly Review of Biology 89(2): 179-180.

Jerde TA, Curtis CE (2013). Maps of space in human frontoparietal cortex. Journal of Physiology, Paris 107: 510-516.

Jerde TA, Merriam EP, Riggall AC, Hedges JH, Curtis CE (2012). Prioritized maps of space in human frontoparietal cortex. Journal of Neuroscience 32(48): 17382-17390.

Jerde TA (2012). The Alien Wittgenstein. (Essay review of Wittgenstein in Exile by James C. Klagge, 2011). Cognitive Critique 5: 111-127.

Lewis SM, Christova P, Jerde TA, Georgopoulos AP (2012). A compact and realistic cerebral cortical layout derived from prewhitened resting state fMRI data: Cherniak’s adjacency rule, size law, and metamodule grouping upheld. Frontiers in Neuroanatomy 6(36): 1-11.

Jerde TA, Ikkai A, Curtis CE (2011). The search for the neural mechanisms of the set size effect. European Journal of Neuroscience 33(11): 2028-2034.

Ikkai A, Jerde TA, Curtis CE (2011). Perception and action selection dissociate human ventral and dorsal cortex. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 23(6): 1494-1506.

Jerde TA, Krejcarek S, Handy ST, Nagode JC, Pardo JV (2011). Dissociable systems of working memory for rhythm and melody. NeuroImage 57(4): 1572-1579.

Christova P, Lewis SM, Jerde TA, Lynch JK, Georgopoulos AP (2011). True associations in resting fMRI based on innovations. Journal of Neural Engineering 8(4): 046025.

Tzagarakis C, Jerde TA, Lewis SM, Uğurbil K, Georgopoulos AP (2009). Cerebral cortical mechanisms of copying geometrical shapes: a multidimensional scaling analysis of fMRI patterns of activation. Experimental Brain Research 194(3): 369-380.

Jerde TA, Lewis SM, Goerke U, Gourtzelidis P, Tzagarakis C, Lynch J, Moeller S, Van De Moortele P-F, Adriany G, Trangle J, Uğurbil K, Georgopoulos AP (2008). Ultra-high field parallel imaging of the superior parietal lobule during mental maze solving. Experimental Brain Research 187(4): 551-561.

Lewis SM, Jerde TA, Tzagarakis C, Tsekos N, Amirikian B, Georgopoulos MA, Kim S-G, Uğurbil K, Georgopoulos AP (2005). Logarithmic transformation for high-field BOLD fMRI data. Experimental Brain Research 165(4): 447-453.

Gourtzelidis P, Tzagarakis C, Lewis SM, Crowe DA, Auerbach E, Jerde TA, Uğurbil K, Georgopoulos AP (2005). Mental maze solving: Directional fMRI tuning and population coding in the superior parietal lobule. Experimental Brain Research 165(3): 273-282.

Lewis SM, Jerde TA, Tzagarakis C, Tsekos N, Amirikian B, Georgopoulos MA, Kim S-G, Uğurbil K, Georgopoulos AP (2003). Cerebellar activity during copying geometrical shapes Journal of Neurophysiology 90(6): 3874-3887.


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