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Einat Liebenthal, D.Sc.

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I am a cognitive neuroscientist studying verbal and non-verbal communication, using multimodal behavioral and neuroimaging methods. The ultimate goal of my research is to inform the development of diagnostic methods and psychotherapeutic interventions that are scalable, and neuroscientifically grounded. I have previously received funding to study the functional organization of the human brain for spoken language perception, and the abnormal interactions of language and emotion neurocircuits in psychotic disorders. Current projects focus on digital phenotyping of language in relation to mental health; and the development of a naturalistic probe for dynamic assessment of emotional reactivity.

Available: 02/18/22, Expires: 03/01/26

This project seeks to develop and validate a movie functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) paradigm for assessing language and emotion functions in individuals who have language and/or emotional impairments in relation to a neurological (brain tumor induced aphasia) or psychiatric (depression) disorder. This is an opportunity for an undergraduate or graduate student, or postdoctoral fellow, to get involved in cognitive neuroscience research. Depending on the student's skills and interests, and the stage of the project, the student may assist in developing a movie-clip stimulus database, behavioral and computational testing of movie clip stimuli, collection and analysis of eye tracking data, processing and analysis of retrospective fMRI data, and/or collection of new fMRI data. Required experience and skills include background and interest in cognitive, clinical, or computational neuroscience, and excellent analytical and communication abilities. Specific experience with neuroimaging data analysis, and/or methods for computational analysis of speech, voice, and face data, will be preferred.

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  1. Liebenthal E, Ennis M, Rahimi-Eichi H, Lin E, Chung Y, Baker JT. Linguistic and non-linguistic markers of disorganization in psychotic illness. Schizophr Res. 2022 Dec 21. PMID: 36564239.
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  2. Heugel N, Beardsley SA, Liebenthal E. EEG and fMRI coupling and decoupling based on joint independent component analysis (jICA). J Neurosci Methods. 2022 Mar 01; 369:109477. PMID: 34998799; PMCID: PMC8879823.
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  3. Girard JM, Vail AK, Liebenthal E, Brown K, Kilciksiz CM, Pennant L, Liebson E, Öngür D, Morency LP, Baker JT. Computational analysis of spoken language in acute psychosis and mania. Schizophr Res. 2022 07; 245:97-115. PMID: 34456131; PMCID: PMC8881587.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  4. Yao S, Rigolo L, Yang F, Vangel MG, Wang H, Golby AJ, Liebenthal E, Tie Y. Movie-watching fMRI for presurgical language mapping in patients with brain tumour. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry. 2022 02; 93(2):220-221. PMID: 34172562; PMCID: PMC8709882.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  5. Dar S, Liebenthal E, Pan H, Smith T, Savitz A, Landa Y, Silbersweig D, Stern E. Abnormal semantic processing of threat words associated with excitement and hostility symptoms in schizophrenia. Schizophr Res. 2021 02; 228:394-402. PMID: 33549981; PMCID: PMC7988509.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  6. Conant LL, Liebenthal E, Desai A, Seidenberg MS, Binder JR. Differential activation of the visual word form area during auditory phoneme perception in youth with dyslexia. Neuropsychologia. 2020 09; 146:107543. PMID: 32598966.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  7. Yao S, Liebenthal E, Juvekar P, Bunevicius A, Vera M, Rigolo L, Golby AJ, Tie Y. Sex Effect on Presurgical Language Mapping in Patients With a Brain Tumor. Front Neurosci. 2020; 14:4. PMID: 32038154; PMCID: PMC6992642.
    Citations: 6     
  8. Heugel N, Liebenthal E, Beardsley SA. Method for spatial overlap estimation of electroencephalography and functional magnetic resonance imaging responses. J Neurosci Methods. 2019 12 01; 328:108401. PMID: 31445115.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  9. Mangalathu-Arumana J, Liebenthal E, Beardsley SA. Optimizing Within-Subject Experimental Designs for jICA of Multi-Channel ERP and fMRI. Front Neurosci. 2018; 12:13. PMID: 29410611; PMCID: PMC5787094.
    Citations: 4     
  10. Monson BB, Eaton-Rosen Z, Kapur K, Liebenthal E, Brownell A, Smyser CD, Rogers CE, Inder TE, Warfield SK, Neil JJ. Differential Rates of Perinatal Maturation of Human Primary and Nonprimary Auditory Cortex. eNeuro. 2018 Jan-Feb; 5(1). PMID: 29354680.
    Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  11. Liebenthal E, Möttönen R. An interactive model of auditory-motor speech perception. Brain Lang. 2018 12; 187:33-40. PMID: 29268943; PMCID: PMC6005717.
    Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  12. Conant LL, Liebenthal E, Desai A, Binder JR. The relationship between maternal education and the neural substrates of phoneme perception in children: Interactions between socioeconomic status and proficiency level. Brain Lang. 2017 08; 171:14-22. PMID: 28437659.
    Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  13. Liebenthal E, Bernstein LE. Editorial: Neural Mechanisms of Perceptual Categorization as Precursors to Speech Perception. Front Neurosci. 2017; 11:69. PMID: 28261047.
  14. Liebenthal E, Silbersweig DA, Stern E. The Language, Tone and Prosody of Emotions: Neural Substrates and Dynamics of Spoken-Word Emotion Perception. Front Neurosci. 2016; 10:506. PMID: 27877106; PMCID: PMC5099784.
    Citations: 24     
  15. Humphries C, Sabri M, Lewis K, Liebenthal E. Hierarchical organization of speech perception in human auditory cortex. Front Neurosci. 2014; 8:406. PMID: 25565939; PMCID: PMC4263085.
    Citations: 13     
  16. Bernstein LE, Liebenthal E. Neural pathways for visual speech perception. Front Neurosci. 2014; 8:386. PMID: 25520611; PMCID: PMC4248808.
    Citations: 50     
  17. Liebenthal E, Desai RH, Humphries C, Sabri M, Desai A. The functional organization of the left STS: a large scale meta-analysis of PET and fMRI studies of healthy adults. Front Neurosci. 2014; 8:289. PMID: 25309312.
    Citations: 22     
  18. Sabri M, Humphries C, Verber M, Liebenthal E, Binder JR, Mangalathu J, Desai A. Neural effects of cognitive control load on auditory selective attention. Neuropsychologia. 2014 Aug; 61:269-79. PMID: 24946314.
    Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  19. Conant LL, Liebenthal E, Desai A, Binder JR. FMRI of phonemic perception and its relationship to reading development in elementary- to middle-school-age children. Neuroimage. 2014 Apr 01; 89:192-202. PMID: 24315840.
    Citations: 14     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  20. Liebenthal E, Sabri M, Beardsley SA, Mangalathu-Arumana J, Desai A. Neural dynamics of phonological processing in the dorsal auditory stream. J Neurosci. 2013 Sep 25; 33(39):15414-24. PMID: 24068810.
    Citations: 26     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  21. Molholm S, Mercier MR, Liebenthal E, Schwartz TH, Ritter W, Foxe JJ, De Sanctis P. Mapping phonemic processing zones along human perisylvian cortex: an electro-corticographic investigation. Brain Struct Funct. 2014 Jul; 219(4):1369-83. PMID: 23708059.
    Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  22. Sabri M, Humphries C, Verber M, Mangalathu J, Desai A, Binder JR, Liebenthal E. Perceptual demand modulates activation of human auditory cortex in response to task-irrelevant sounds. J Cogn Neurosci. 2013 Sep; 25(9):1553-62. PMID: 23647558.
    Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  23. Mangalathu-Arumana J, Beardsley SA, Liebenthal E. Within-subject joint independent component analysis of simultaneous fMRI/ERP in an auditory oddball paradigm. Neuroimage. 2012 May 01; 60(4):2247-57. PMID: 22377443.
    Citations: 16     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  24. Sabri M, Humphries C, Binder JR, Liebenthal E. Neural events leading to and associated with detection of sounds under high processing load. Hum Brain Mapp. 2013 Mar; 34(3):587-97. PMID: 22102362.
    Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  25. Liebenthal E, Desai R, Ellingson MM, Ramachandran B, Desai A, Binder JR. Specialization along the left superior temporal sulcus for auditory categorization. Cereb Cortex. 2010 Dec; 20(12):2958-70. PMID: 20382643.
    Citations: 60     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  26. Humphries C, Liebenthal E, Binder JR. Tonotopic organization of human auditory cortex. Neuroimage. 2010 Apr 15; 50(3):1202-11. PMID: 20096790.
    Citations: 111     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  27. Desai R, Liebenthal E, Waldron E, Binder JR. Left posterior temporal regions are sensitive to auditory categorization. J Cogn Neurosci. 2008 Jul; 20(7):1174-88. PMID: 18284339.
    Citations: 62     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  28. Sabri M, Binder JR, Desai R, Medler DA, Leitl MD, Liebenthal E. Attentional and linguistic interactions in speech perception. Neuroimage. 2008 Feb 01; 39(3):1444-56. PMID: 17996463.
    Citations: 35     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  29. Humphries C, Binder JR, Medler DA, Liebenthal E. Time course of semantic processes during sentence comprehension: an fMRI study. Neuroimage. 2007 Jul 01; 36(3):924-32. PMID: 17500009.
    Citations: 62     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  30. Binder JR, Medler DA, Westbury CF, Liebenthal E, Buchanan L. Tuning of the human left fusiform gyrus to sublexical orthographic structure. Neuroimage. 2006 Nov 01; 33(2):739-48. PMID: 16956773.
    Citations: 99     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  31. Sabri M, Liebenthal E, Waldron EJ, Medler DA, Binder JR. Attentional modulation in the detection of irrelevant deviance: a simultaneous ERP/fMRI study. J Cogn Neurosci. 2006 May; 18(5):689-700. PMID: 16768370.
    Citations: 23     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  32. Humphries C, Binder JR, Medler DA, Liebenthal E. Syntactic and semantic modulation of neural activity during auditory sentence comprehension. J Cogn Neurosci. 2006 Apr; 18(4):665-79. PMID: 16768368.
    Citations: 129     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  33. Binder JR, Medler DA, Desai R, Conant LL, Liebenthal E. Some neurophysiological constraints on models of word naming. Neuroimage. 2005 Sep; 27(3):677-93. PMID: 15921937.
    Citations: 107     Fields:    Translation:HumansCTClinical Trials
  34. Desai R, Liebenthal E, Possing ET, Waldron E, Binder JR. Volumetric vs. surface-based alignment for localization of auditory cortex activation. Neuroimage. 2005 Jul 15; 26(4):1019-29. PMID: 15893476.
    Citations: 44     Fields:    Translation:HumansCTClinical Trials
  35. Liebenthal E, Binder JR, Spitzer SM, Possing ET, Medler DA. Neural substrates of phonemic perception. Cereb Cortex. 2005 Oct; 15(10):1621-31. PMID: 15703256.
    Citations: 165     Fields:    Translation:HumansCTClinical Trials
  36. Ellingson ML, Liebenthal E, Spanaki MV, Prieto TE, Binder JR, Ropella KM. Ballistocardiogram artifact reduction in the simultaneous acquisition of auditory ERPS and fMRI. Neuroimage. 2004 Aug; 22(4):1534-42. PMID: 15275910.
    Citations: 14     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  37. Binder JR, Liebenthal E, Possing ET, Medler DA, Ward BD. Neural correlates of sensory and decision processes in auditory object identification. Nat Neurosci. 2004 Mar; 7(3):295-301. PMID: 14966525.
    Citations: 181     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  38. Liebenthal E, Ellingson ML, Spanaki MV, Prieto TE, Ropella KM, Binder JR. Simultaneous ERP and fMRI of the auditory cortex in a passive oddball paradigm. Neuroimage. 2003 Aug; 19(4):1395-404. PMID: 12948697.
    Citations: 48     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  39. Liebenthal E, Binder JR, Piorkowski RL, Remez RE. Short-term reorganization of auditory analysis induced by phonetic experience. J Cogn Neurosci. 2003 May 15; 15(4):549-58. PMID: 12803966.
    Citations: 19     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  40. Liebenthal E, Pratt H. Evidence for primary auditory cortex involvement in the echo suppression precedence effect: a 3CLT study. J Basic Clin Physiol Pharmacol. 1997; 8(3):181-201. PMID: 9429985.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  41. Liebenthal E, Uhlmann O, Camhi JM. Critical parameters of the spike trains in a cell assembly: coding of turn direction by the giant interneurons of the cockroach. J Comp Physiol A. 1994 Mar; 174(3):281-96. PMID: 8151520.
    Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
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