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Primary Faculty

Brad Mahon

Brad Mahon

  • Associate Professor, Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Neurosurgery, Neurology, Center for Visual Science, Center for Language Sciences
  • Scientific Director for Program for Translational Brain Mapping

PhD, Harvard University, 2009

317 Meliora Hall
(585) 275-1497, (585) 276-5234, (585) 276-5167
Fax: (585) 442-9216

Office Hours: By appointment


Selected Publications

  • Garcea, F.E., Chernoff, B.L., Diamond, B., Lewis, W., Sims, M.H., Tomlinson, S.B., Teghipco, A., Belkhir, R., Gannon, S.B., Erickson, S., Smith, S.O., Stone, J., Liu, L., Tollefson, T., Langfitt, J., Marvin, E., Pilcher, W.H., & Mahon, B.Z. (2017). Direct electrical stimulation in the human brain disrupts melody processing. Current Biology, 27, 1-8. [pdf]
  • Chen, Q., Garcea, F.E., Jacobs, R.A., & Mahon, B.Z. (in press). Abstract representations of object-directed action in the left inferior parietal lobule. Cerebral Cortex. [pdf]
  • Koopman, S.E., Mahon, B.Z., & Cantlon, J.F. (in press). Evolutionary constraints on human object perception. Cognitive Science. [pdf] Supplemental Materials [pdf]
  • Chen, Q., Garcea, F.E., Almeida, J., & Mahon, B.Z. (in press). Connectivity-based constraints on category-specificity in the ventral object processing pathway. Neuropsychologia. [pdf] Supplemental Materials [pdf]
  • Amaral, L., Ganho-Ávila, A., Osório, A., Soares, M.J., He, D., Chen, Q., Mahon, B.Z., Gonçalves, O.F., Sampaio, A., Fang, F., Bi, Y. & Almeida, J. (2016). Hemispheric asymmetries in subcortical visual and auditory relay structures in congenital deafness. European Journal of Neuroscience, 44(6), 2334-2339. [pdf]
  • Mahon, B.Z., & Navarrete, E. (2016). Modeling lexical access in speech production as a ballistic process. Language, Cognition, and Neuroscience, 31, 521-523[pdf]
  • Garcea, F.E., Kristensen, S., Almeida, J., & Mahon, B.Z. (2016). Resilience to the contralateral visual field bias as a window into object representations. Cortex, 81, 14-23. [pdf] Supplemental Materials [pdf]
  • Erdogan, G., Chen, Q., Garcea, F.E., Mahon, B.Z. & Jacobs, R. (2016). Multisensory part-based representations of objects in human lateral occipital complex. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 26, 869-881[pdf]
  • Chen, Q., Garcea, F.E., & Mahon, B.Z. (2016). The representation of object-directed action and function knowledge in the human brain. Cerebral Cortex, 26, 1609-1618. [pdf]
  • Navarrete, E., Mahon, B.Z., Lorenzoni, A., & Peressotti, F. (2016). What can written-words tell us about lexical retrieval in speech production? Frontiers in Psychology, 6, 1 - 12. [pdf]
  • Almeida, J., He, D., Chen, Q., Mahon, B.Z., Zhang, F., Gonçalves, O.F., Fang, F., & Bi, Y. (2015)Decoding visual location from neural patterns in the auditory cortex of the congenitally deaf. Psychological Science, 26, 1771-1782. [pdf]
  • Mahon, B.Z. (2015). Response to Glenberg: Conceptual content does not constrain the representational format of concepts. Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology, 69, 179-180. [pdf]
  • Mahon, B.Z. (2015). The burden of embodied cognition. Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology, 69, 172-178. [pdf]
  • Navarrete, E., Caccaro, A., Pavani, F., Mahon, B.Z., & Peressotti, F. (2015). With or without semantic mediation: Retrieval of lexical representations in sign production. Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Eduation, 20, 163-171[pdf]
  • Mahon, B.Z. (2015). Missed Connections: A connectivity-constrained account of the representation and organization of object concepts. In Margolis, E., & Laurence, S. (Eds.), The Conceptual Mind: New Directions in the Study of Concepts (pp. 79 - 115). Cambridge: MIT Press. [pdf]
  • Stasenko, A., Bonn, C., Teghipco, A., Garcea, F.E., Sweet, C., Dombovy, M., McDonough, J., and Mahon, B.Z. (2015). A causal test of the motor theory of speech perception: a case of impaired speech production and spared speech perception. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 32, 38-57. [pdf]
  • Mahon, B.Z. (2015). What is embodied about cognition? Language, Cognition and Neuroscience30, 420-429. [pdf]
  • Paul, D.A., Gaffin-Cahn, E., Hintz, E.B., Adeclat, G.J., Zhu, T., Williams, Z.R., Vates, G.E., & Mahon, B.Z. (2014). White matter changes linked to visual recovery after nerve decompression. Science Translational Medicine, 6, 1-12. [pdf] Supplemental Materials [pdf]
  • Navarrete, E., Del Prado, P., Peressotti, F., & Mahon, B.Z. (2014). Lexical retrieval is not by competition: Evidence from the blocked naming paradigm. Journal of Memory and Language, 76, 253-272. [pdf]
  • Stasenko, A., Garcea, F.E., Dombovy, M., & Mahon, B.Z. (2014). When concepts lose their color: A case of object color knowledge impairment. Cortex, 58, 217-238. [pdf] Supplemental Materials [pdf]
  • Mahon, B.Z., & Navarrete, E. (2014). The CRITICAL DIFFERENCE in models of speech production: A response to Roelofs and Piai. Cortex, 52, 123-127. [pdf].
  • Almeida, J., Mahon, B.Z., Zapater-Raberov, V., Dziuba, A., Cabaço, T., Marques, J.F., & Caramazza, A. (2014). Grasping with the eyes: the role of elongation in visual recognition of manipulable objects. Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience14, 319-335. [pdf]
  • Fintzi, A.R., & Mahon, B.Z. (2014). A bimodal tuning curve for spatial frequency across left and right human orbital frontal cortex during object recognition. Cerebral Cortex, 24, 1311-1318. [pdf]
  • Almeida, J., Fintzi, A.R., & Mahon, B.Z. (2013). Tool manipulation knowledge is retrieved by way of the ventral visual object processing pathway. Cortex, 49, 2334-2344. [pdf]
  • Stasenko, A., Garcea, F.E., & Mahon, B.Z. (2013). What happens to the motor theory of perception when the motor system is damaged? Language and Cognition, 5, 225-238. [pdf]
  • Navarrete, E., & Mahon, B.Z. (2013). A rose by any other name is still a rose: A reinterpretation of Hantsch and Mädebach. Language and Cognitive Processes, 28, 701-716. [pdf]
  • Mahon, B.Z., Kumar, N., & Almeida, J. (2013). Spatial frequency tuning reveals interactions between the dorsal and ventral visual systems. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 25, 862-871. [pdf]
  • Garcea, F.E., Dombovy, M., & Mahon, B.Z. (2013). Preserved tool knowledge in the context of impaired action knowledge: Implications for models of semantic memory. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7, 1-18. [pdf] Supplemental Materials [pdf]
  • Almeida, J., Pajtas, P.E., Mahon, B.Z., Nakayama, K., & Caramazza, A. (2013). Affect of the unconscious: Visually suppressed angry faces modulate our decisions. Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience, 13, 94-101. [pdf]
  • Garcea, F.E., & Mahon, B.Z. (2012). What is in a tool concept? Dissociating manipulation knowledge from function knowledge. Memory and Cognition, 40, 1303-1313. [pdf] Supplemental Materials [pdf]
  • Garcea, F.E., Almeida, J., & Mahon, B.Z. (2012). A right visual field advantage for visual processing of manipulable objects. Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience, 12, 813-825. [pdf] Supplemental Materials [pdf]
  • Navarrete, E., Del Prato, P., & Mahon, B.Z. (2012). Factors determining semantic faciliation and interference in the cyclic naming paradigm. Frontiers in Psychology, 38, 1-15. [pdf]
  • Mahon, B.Z., Garcea, F.E., & Navarrete, E. (2012). Picture-word interference and the response exclusion hypothesis: A response to Mulatti and Coltheart. Cortex, 48, 373-377. [pdf] Supplemental Materials [pdf]
  • Mahon, B.Z. & Caramazza, A. (2011). What drives the organization of object knowledge in the brain? Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 15, 97-103. [pdf]
  • Anzellotti, S., Mahon, B.Z., Schwarzbach, J., & Caramazza, A. (2011). Differential activity for animals and manipulable objects in the anterior temporal lobes. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 23, 2059-2067. [pdf]
  • Navarrete, E., Mahon, B.Z., & Caramazza, A. (2010). The cumulative semantic cost does not require lexical selection by competition. Acta Psychologica, 134, 279-289. [pdf]
  • Mahon, B.Z. & Caramazza, A. (2010). Judging semantic similarity: An event-related fMRI study with auditory word stimuli. Neuroscience, 169, 279-286. [pdf]
  • Mahon, B.Z. Schwarzbach, J., & Caramazza, A. (2010). The representation of tools in left parietal cortex independent of visual experience. Psychological Science, 21(6), 764-771. [pdf] Supplemental Materials [pdf]
  • Almeida, J., Mahon, B.Z., & Caramazza, A. (2010). The role of the dorsal visual processing stream in tool identification. Psychological Science, 21(6), 772-778. [pdf] Supplemental Materials [pdf]
  • Janssen, N., Mellinger, A., Mahon, B.Z., Finkbeiner, M., & Caramazza, A. (2009). The word class effect in the picture-word interferences paradigm. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 63(6), 1233-1246. [pdf]
  • Mahon, B.Z. & Caramazza, A. (2009). Why does lexical selection have to be so hard? Comment on Abdel Rahman & Melinger's Swinging Lexical Network Proposal. Language & Cognitive Processes. [pdf]
  • Mahon, B.Z., Anzellotti, S., Schwarzbach, J., Zampini, M., & Caramazza, A. (2009). Category-specific organization in the human brain does not require visual experience. Neuron, 63, 397-405. [pdf] Supplemental Materials [pdf]
  • Mahon, B.Z & Caramazza, A. (2009). Concepts & Categories: A Cognitive Neuropsychological Perspective. Annual Review of Psychology, 60, 27–51. [pdf]
  • Mahon, B.Z. (2008). Action Recognition: Is It a Motor Process? Current Biology, 18, 22, R1068-1069. [pdf]
  • Almeida, J., Mahon, B.Z., Nakayama, K., & Caramazza, A. (2008). Unconscious processing dissociates along categorical lines. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 105, 5214–15218. [pdf] Supplemental Materials [pdf]
  • Mahon, B.Z. & Caramazza, A. (2008). A Critical Look at the Embodied Cognition Hypothesis & a New Proposal for Grounding Conceptual Content. Journal of Physiology - Paris, 102, 59-70. [pdf]
  • Janssen, N., Schirm, W. Mahon, B.Z., & Caramazza, A. (2008). The semantic interference effect in the picture-word interference paradigm: Evidence for the response selection hypothesis. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, & Cognition, 34, 249-256. [pdf]
  • Negri, G.A.L., Rumiati, R.I., Zadini, A., Ukmar, M., Mahon, B.Z., & Caramazza, A. (2007). What is the Role of Motor Simulation in Action & Object Recognition? Evidence from Apraxia. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 24, 795-816. [pdf]
  • Mahon, B.Z., Milleville, S., Negri, G.A.L., Rumiati, R.I., Caramazza, A, & Martin, A. (2007). Action-related properties of objects shape object representations in the ventral stream. Neuron, 55, 3, 507-520. [pdf] Supplemental Materials [pdf]
  • Mahon, B.Z., Costa, A., Peterson, R., Vargas, K., & Caramazza, A. (2007) Lexical selection is not by competition: A reinterpretation of semantic interference & facilitation effects in the picture-word interference paradigm. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, & Cognition, 33, 503-535. [pdf]
  • Caramazza, A., & Mahon, B.Z. (2006). The organization of conceptual knowledge in the brain: the future's past & some future directions. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 23, 13-38. [pdf]
  • Mahon, B.Z., & Caramazza, A. (2005). The orchestration of the sensory-motor systems: Clues from neuropsychology. CognitiveNeuropsychology, 22, 480-494. [pdf]
  • Mahon, B.Z. & Caramazza, A. (2004). Heterogeneity is a fact of category- specific semantic deficits. So? Comments on Rosazza, Imbornone, Zorzi, Farina, Chiavari, & Cappa (2003). Neurocase, 10, 78-83. [pdf]
  • Capitani, E., Laiacona, M., Mahon, B., & Caramazza, A. (2003). What are the facts of category-specific deficits? A critical review of the clinical evidence. CognitiveNeuropsychology, 20, 213-261. [pdf]
  • Mahon, B.Z. & Caramazza, A. (2003). Constraining questions about the organization & representation of conceptual knowledge. CognitiveNeuropsychology, 20, 433-450. [pdf]
  • Mahon, B.Z. & Caramazza, A. (2003). There are facts…& then there are facts. Reply to Moss & Tyler. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 7, 481-482. [pdf]
  • Caramazza, A. & Mahon, B.Z. (2003). The organization of conceptual knowledge: the evidence from category-specific semantic deficits. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 7, 325-374. [pdf]
  • Costa, A, Mahon, B.Z., Savova, V., & Caramazza, A. (2003). Level of categorization effect: A novel effect in the picture-word interference paradigm. Language & Cognitive Processes, 18, 205-233. [pdf]
  • Mahon, B.Z, & Caramazza, A. (2001). The Sensory/Functional Assumption or the Data: Which do we keep? Behavioral & Brain Sciences, 24, 488-9. [pdf]