Lawrence Gregory Appelbaum

Lawrence Gregory Appelbaum

Associate Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of California at Irvine 2004


Greg Appelbaum is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the Duke University School of Medicine. He is a member of the Brain Stimulation Division of Psychiatry, where he directs the Human Performance Optimization lab (Opti Lab) and the Brain Stimulation Research Center   As a member of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences he teaches and advises in the Neuroscience major, is an affiliate of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, and has a secondary appointment in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience. 

Dr. Appelbaum's research interests primarily concern the brain mechanisms underlying visual cognition, how these capabilities differ among individuals, and how they can be improved through behavioral, neurofeedback, and neuromodulation interventions. Within the field of cognitive neuroscience, his research has addressed visual perception, sensorimotor function, executive function, decision-making, and learning/expertise. In this research, he has utilized a combination of behavioral psychophysics coupled with the neuroscience techniques of electroencephalography (EEG), transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), and functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS). 

Appelbaum, LG, Ales, JM, Cottereau, B, and Norcia, AM. "Configural specificity of the lateral occipital cortex." Neuropsychologia 48.11 (September 2010): 3323-3328. Full Text Open Access Copy

Appelbaum, LG, Meyerhoff, KL, and Woldorff, MG. "Priming and backward influences in the human brain: processing interactions during the stroop interference effect." Cereb Cortex 19.11 (November 2009): 2508-2521. Full Text

Appelbaum, LG, and Norcia, AM. "Attentive and pre-attentive aspects of figural processing. (Published online)" J Vis 9.11 (October 19, 2009): 18.1-1812. Full Text

Appelbaum, LG, Liotti, M, Perez, R, Fox, SP, and Woldorff, MG. "The temporal dynamics of implicit processing of non-letter, letter, and word-forms in the human visual cortex. (Published online)" Front Hum Neurosci 3 (2009): 56-. Full Text

Appelbaum, LG, Wade, AR, Pettet, MW, Vildavski, VY, and Norcia, AM. "Figure-ground interaction in the human visual cortex. (Published online)" J Vis 8.9 (July 18, 2008): 8.1-819. Full Text

Appelbaum, LG, Lu, Z-L, and Sperling, G. "Contrast amplification in global texture orientation discrimination. (Published online)" J Vis 7.10 (July 26, 2007): 13.1-1319. Full Text

Norcia, AM, Wade, AR, Vildavski, VY, Pettet, MW, and Appelbaum, LG. "Anticipatory responses in human visual cortex to predictable stimuli: An EEG source-imaging study." PERCEPTION 36 (2007): 111-111.

Appelbaum, LG, Wade, AR, Vildavski, VY, Pettet, MW, and Norcia, AM. "Cue-invariant networks for figure and background processing in human visual cortex." The Journal of Neuroscience : the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience 26.45 (November 2006): 11695-11708. Full Text

Sperling, G, Appelbaum, LG, and Lu, ZL. "Amplifying the effective perceptual contrast of a grating." PERCEPTION 34 (2005): 22-22.

Mervis, CB, Morris, CA, Klein-Tasman, BP, Bertrand, J, Kwitny, S, Appelbaum, LG, and Rice, CE. "Attentional characteristics of infants and toddlers with Williams syndrome during triadic interactions." Developmental Neuropsychology 23.1-2 (January 2003): 243-268. Full Text