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Adam J. Woods, Ph.D.

Published: August 15th, 2013

Category: Faculty, IOA Affiliate Members

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Title

Assistant Professor and Director, Human Electrophysiology and Neuromodulation Core,
Brain and Aging Lab
Assistant Program Director, Cognitive Aging & Memory Clinical Translational Research Program (CAM-CTRP)
Department of Aging & Geriatric Research
Institute on Aging
Cognitive Aging & Memory Clinical Translational Research Program (CAM-CTRP)
College of Medicine
University of Florida

Address

Institute on Aging Clinical Translational Research Building
2004 Mowry Road, Office 3118
Gainesville, FL 32611

E-mail

ajwoods@ufl.edu

Phone

352-294-5842

Fax

352-294-5836

Departmental Affiliation

Institute on Aging and Department of Aging and Geriatric Research

Education

Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
PhD, George Washington University, Washington, DC
BS, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL

Appointments

2013-present, Director, Human Electrophysiology and Neuromodulation Core, Cognitive Aging and Memory Clinical Translational Research Program, Institute on Aging
2013-present, Assistant Professor and Assistant Program Director, Cognitive Aging and Memory Clinical Translational Research Program, Department of Aging and Geriatric Research, University of Florida
2010-2013, Post-doctoral fellow, Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, Department of Neurology, University of Pennsylvania
2009-2010, Thelma Hunt Research Fellowship in Psychology, George Washington University
2006-2009, National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellow, Cognitive Neuroscience Division
2004-2005, Research Assistant, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
2000-2004, Research Assistant, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Professional Interests

Aging, Brain Arousal Systems, Attention, Space, Time, Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation, Structural and Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy and Electrophysiology.

RESEARCH SYNOPSES:

Brain Arousal Systems: Brain arousal is a precursor for all conscious human behavior and contributes to symptoms in aging and neurological populations. This line of my research aims to understand the contribution of deficient arousal regulation and output to physical and cognitive frailty in aging, as well as symptoms in neurological disorders. Through this work, my research aims to identify new techniques for treating arousal-related deficits impacting cognitive and physical function.

Mechanisms of Cognitive Frailty: Cognitive frailty refers to transient episodes of significant cognitive impairment. It prevalence is significantly higher in older adults. At present, factors modulating cognitive frailty in the elderly are poorly understood. This line of my research investigates the roles of bacterial infection and premorbid cognitive dysfunction in susceptibility to frailty states. This work also uses a combination of neuroimaging and serum-based measures to identify biomarkers of cognitive frailty.

Space, Time, and Causality: The ability to infer cause and effect in our environment underlies our ability to understand relationships in events. This ability is a critical element of inferential decision-making built upon elemental perception of spatial and temporal information in the environment. In aging, changes in the ability to infer causal relationships based on spatial and temporal information can influence medication adherence, financial planning and stability, driving performance, social relationships and other situations requiring people to understand physical and social relationships in the environment. This line of my research investigates novel training and brain stimulation methods to counteract aging related decline in these processes and improve the aforementioned domains important for older adults.

Curriculum Vitae

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Publications

Refereed Journal Articles

Woods, A.J., Hamilton, R.H., Kranjec, A., Bikson, M., Minhaus, P., Yu, J., Chatterjee, A. Space, time, and causal inference in the human brain. Neuroimage. In Press, accepted February 2014. 

Woods, A.J., Cohen, R.A., Pahor, M. (2013). Cognitive frailty: frontiers and challenges. Journal of Nutrition, Health, and Aging. 17, 741-743.

Kessler, S., Minhas, P., Woods, A.J., Rosen, A., Bikson, M. (2013). Dose considerations for transcranial direct current stimulation in children: a computational modeling study. PLoS ONE. Accepted August 2013.

 

 Woods, A.J., Philbeck, J.W., & Wirtz, P. (2013). Hyper-arousal decreases human visual thresholds. PLoS ONE, 8(4): e61415. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0061415

 

Woods, A.J., Goksun, T., Chatterjee, A., Zelonis, S., Mehet, A., Smith, S. (2013). The development of organized visual search. Acta Psychologica. 143(2): 191-199. doi: 10.1016/j.actpsy.2013.03.008

 

Göksun, T., Woods, A.J., Chatterjee, A., Zelonis, S., Glass, L., Smith, S.E. (2013). Elementary school children’s attentional biases in physical and numerical space. European Journal of Developmental Psychology, 10(4): 433-448. doi: 10.1080/17405629.2012.692965

 

Woods, A.J., Lehet, M., Chatterjee, A. (2012). Context modulates the contribution of time and space in causal inference. Frontiers in Psychology, 3(371): 1-10. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2012.00371

 

Minhas, P., Bikson, M., Woods, A.J., Rosen, A., Kessler, S. (2012). Transcranial direct current stimulation in the pediatric versus adult brain: A computational modeling study. IEEE Xplore: EMBC, 63: 859-862. doi: 10.1109/EMBC.2012.6346067

 

Woods, A. J., Mennemeier, M., Garcia-Rill, E., Huitt, T., Chelette, K. C., McCullough, G., Munn, T., Brown, G., Kiser, T. S. (2012). Improvement in arousal, visual neglect, and perception of stimulus intensity following cold pressor stimulation. Neurocase, 18: 115-122.

 

Amorapanth, P., Kranjec, A., Bromberger, B., Lehet, M., Widick, P., Woods, A. J., Kimberg, D. Y. Chatterjee, A. (2012). Language, perception, and the schematic representation of spatial relations. Brain & Language, 120: 226-236.

 

Woods, A. J., Philbeck, J. W., Chelette, K., Skinner, R. D., Garcia-Rill, E., Mennemeier, M. (2011). Cold pressor stimulation diminishes P50 amplitude in normal subjects. Acta Neurobiologiae Experimentalis, 71: 348-358.

 

Woods, A.J., Mark, V.W., Pitts, A., Mennemeier, M. (2011). Pervasive cognitive impairment in acute rehabilitation patients “without” brain injury. PM&R, 3(5): 426-432.

 

Philbeck, J.W., Woods, A.J., Kontra, C., Zdenkova, P. (2010). A comparison of blind-pulling to blindwalking as a measure of perceived absolute distance. Behavioral Research Methods, 42: 148-160.

 

Woods, A. J., Philbeck, J. W., Danoff, J. (2009). The various “perceptions” of distance: an alternative view of how effort affects distance judgments. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception & Performance, 35(4): 1104-1117.

 

Mennemeier, M., Triggs, W., Chelette, K.C., Woods, A. J., Kimbrell, T., Dornhoffer, J. (2009). Sham transcranial magnetic stimulation using electrical stimulation of the scalp. Brain Stimulation, 2(3): 168-173.

 

Philbeck, J. W., Woods, A. J., Arthur, J., Todd, J. (2008). Progressive locomotor recalibration during blind walking. Perception & Psychophysics, 70(8): 1459-1470.

 

Woods, A.J., Mark, V.W. (2007). Convergent validity of executive organization measures on cancellation. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 29(7): 719-723.

 

Mark, V.W., Woods, A.J., Mennemeier, M., Abbas, S., Taub, E. (2006). Cognitive screening for CI therapy in the outpatient clinic. Neurorehabilitation, 21: 139-46.

 

Woods, A.J., Mennemeier, M., Garcia-Rill, E., Meythaler, J., Mark, V.W., Jewell, G.R., Murphy, H. (2006). Bias in magnitude estimation following left hemisphere injury. Neuropsychologia, 44: 1406-12.

 

Taylor-Cooke, P.A., Ricci, R.; Baños, J.H., Zhou, X., Woods, A.J., Mennemeier, M.S. (2006). Perception of motor strength and stimulus magnitude are correlated in stroke patients. Neurology, 66: 1444-1446.

 

Mennemeier, M., Pierce, C., Dowler, R., Chatterjee, A., Anderson, B., Jewell, G., Woods, A.J., Mark, V.W. (2005). Biases in attentional orientation and magnitude estimation explain crossover: neglect is a disorder of both. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 17: 1194-1211.

 

Mark, V.W., Oberhue, A.M., Henderson, C., Woods, A.J. (2005). Ballism following stroke responds to simple therapeutic interventions. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 86: 1226-1233.

 

Mark, V.W., Woods, A.J., Ball, K.K., Roth, D.L., Mennemeier, M. (2004).  Disorganized search is not a consequence of neglect. Neurology, 63(1): 78-84.

 

 

Published Abstracts and Conference Presentations

 

Woods, A.J., Chatterjee, A., Kranjec, A., Bikson, M., Minhaus, P., Yu, J., Hamilton, R. (2013). Space, time, and causal inference: fMRI-guided tDCS. Annual meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society.

 

Woods, A.J., Chatterjee, A., Kranjec, A., Bikson, M., Minhaus, P., Hamilton, R. (2012). Space, time, and causal inference: a tDCS study. Annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience.

 

Kessler, S., Woods, A.J., Minhas, P., Rosen, A., Bikson, M. Dose response relationships and safety parameters for transcranial direct current stimulation in children. Annals of Child Neurology, in press.

 

Woods, A.J., Lehet, M., Chatterjee, A. (2012). The role of the right parietal cortex in causal perception. Annual meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society.

 

Mark, V.W., Woods, A.J., Philbeck, J.W. (2011). The NIH Toolbox’s sensitivity to cognitive illness in acute brain rehabilitation. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 17(S1): 233.

 

Woods, A.J., Lehet, M., Hillebrandt, A., Chatterjee, A. (2011). The timing of space and time in perceptual causality. Annual meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society.

 

Woods, A.J., Philbeck, J.W. (2010). When does cortical arousal influence performance on visual perception tasks? Journal of Vision, 10(7): 84.

 

Woods, A.J., Philbeck, J.W., Chelette, K., Skinner R., Garcia-Rill, E., Chichka, D., Potolicchio, S., Mennemeier, M. (2009). Cortical arousal influences early but not late visual perception. Journal of Vision, 9(8): 1113.

 

Mark, V.W., Woods, A.J. (2009). A novel use of the cancellation test to assess cognitive change after acute brain injury. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 17(S2): 69.

 

Woods, A.J., Philbeck, J.W. (2008). Comparison of rope-pulling to blindwalking as measures of distance perception. Journal of Vision, 8(6): 351.

 

Mennemeier, M., Triggs, W., Chelette, K.C., Woods, A.J., Myhill, J., Winham, W., Kimbrell, T., Dornhoffer, J. (2008). An advanced method of sham rTMS using electrical stimulation of the scalp. Brain Stimulation, 1(3): 285-286.

 

Mark, V.W., Woods, A.J., Hamilton, L.C. (2008). Visual memory and search organization during cancellation testing, Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 14(S1): 287.

 

Woods, A.J., Philbeck, J.W. Perceived Effort Recalibrates Verbal Distance Judgments Without Altering Perceived Distance, Object Perception Attention and Memory (OPAM) Conference

 

Woods, A.J., Philbeck, J.W. (2007). Does perceived effort influence verbal reports of distance? Journal of Vision, 7(6): 521.

 

Philbeck, J.W., Woods, A.J. (2007). Does perceived effort influence verbal reports of shape? Journal of Vision, 7(6): 522.

 

Mennemeier, M.S., Chelette, K.C., Woods, A.J., Hudson, J., Dewi, E., Taylor-Cooke, P.A., Wallace, T., Skinner, R.D., Garcia-Rill, E. (2007). The P50 ERP is sensitive to arousal states in both neglect and normal subjects. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 13(S1): 39.

 

Woods, A.J., Mennemeier, M., Garcia-Rill, E., Wallace, T., Chelette, K.C., McCullough, G., Schmidley, J. (2006). Cold pressor stimulation improves neglect, magnitude estimation, and arousal (P50 amplitude). Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 11(S1): 259.

 

Woods, A.J., Mark, V.W. (2005). Severe executive dysfunction is a component of left but not right neglect.  Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 11(S1): 45.

 

Woods, A.J., Jewell, G., Kretzmer, T, Murphy, H., Meidinger, A., Liem, S., Nunn, T., Mark, V.W., Chatterjee, A., Anderson, B., Mennemeier, M. (2005).  A broad spectrum of cognitive deficits in neglect.  Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 11(S1): 45.

 

Mark, V.W., Woods, A.J., Mennemeier, M., Taub, E. (2005). Cognitive screening for constraint-induced movement therapy in the Outpatient Stroke Rehabilitation Clinic.  Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 86: E22.

 

Mark, V.W., Woods, A.J., Ball, K.K., Mennemeier, M., Abbas, S. (2005). Aphasia does not prevent assessing executive functions after stroke.  Neurology, 64(6), A224.

 

Kretzmer, T, Jewell, G., Murphy, H., Meidinger, A., Liem, S., Woods, A.J., Mark, V.W., Anderson, B., Chatterjee, A., Mennemeier, M. (2005).  Aging has little effect on perception of stimulus intensity.  Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 11(S1): 122.

 

Mark, V.W., Woods, A.J., Ball, K.K., Mennemeier, M., Abbas, S. Comprehension ability does not predict executive test compliance following stroke. Second Congress of the International Society for Vascular Behavioural and Cognitive Disorders – Florence, Italy, June 8-12, 2005.

 

Kretzmer, T, Jewell, G., Murphy, H., Meidinger, A., Liem, S., Woods, A.J., Mark, V.W., Anderson, B., Chatterjee, A., Mennemeier, M. (2005). Understanding perceptual deficits following right hemisphere injury.  Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 11(S1): 182.

 

Woods, A.J., Mark, V.W. (2004). Cognitive impairment in non-neurologic elderly hospital inpatients. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 10(S1): 182.

Woods, A.J., Mark, V.W., Mennemeier, M. (2004). Alterations in stimulus response influence cancellation performance. Journal of the International  Neuropsychological Society, 10(S1): 91.

 

Woods, A.J., Garcia-Rill, E., Meythaler, J., Mark, V.W., Jewell, G.R., Mennemeier, M. (2004). Altered magnitude estimation in neglect following left-hemisphere damage improves with pharmacologic treatment for arousal. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 10(S1): 91-92.

 

Woods, A.J., Jewell, G.R., Fisk, G., Tipton, S., Dowler, R., Mennemeier, M. (2004). Caloric stimulation in neglect: not just for the vestibular system anymore. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 10(S1): 92.

 

Mark, V.W., Woods, A.J., Mennemeier, M. (2004). Cancellation target marking procedure affects perseveration but not neglect following brain injury. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 10(S1): 172.

 

Jewell, G., Kretzmer, T., Meidinger, A., Woods, A.J., Murphy, H., Leim, S., Mark, V.W., Mennemeier, M. (2004). Merging neuropsychology and psychophysics: right-hemisphere dominance for ratio scaling. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 10(S1): 211.

 

Mark, V.W., Woods, A.J., Ball, K.K., Roth, D.L., Mennemeier, M.  Computerized cancellation test performance and aging. Annual Cognitive Aging Conference – Atlanta, Georgia, April 1-4, 2004.

 

Mark, V., Woods, A. (2003). Face validity of search organization measures on cancellation tests. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 9, 267.

 

Mark, V., Woods, A. (2003). Speed vs. organization measures on cancellation following stroke. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 9, 267.

 

Mark, V.W., Woods, A. (2003). Age effects on cancellation speed and organization. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 51(4), S388.

 

Mennemeier, M., Jewell, G. Kretzmer, T., Murphy, H.L., Woods, A., Nunn, T., Liem, S. (2003). Bridging neuroscience and psychophysics: heteromodal association cortex is a critical component of S.S. Stevens’ Power Law. Proceedings of the Annual Winter Conference on Brain Research.

 

Mennemeier, M., Kretzmer, T., Murphy, H., Jewell, G.R., Nunn, T., Woods, A., Meidinger, A., Leim, S. (2003). Aging and cerebrovascular disease can alter judgment of stimulus intensity and pain. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, Supplement of the proceedings of the 24th annual meeting.

 

INVITED LECTURES:

 

Woods, A.J. Space, Time, and Causality: a tDCS study. Neuroscience Chalk Talks, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, USA, February 28, 2013.

 

Woods, A.J. Brain Arousal Systems: Treating Spatial Neglect following Stroke. Laboratory for Cognition and Neural Stimulation, University of Pennslyvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA, January 14, 2013.

 

Woods, A.J. Space, Time & Causality in the Brain. Psychology Lecture Series, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD, USA, December 17, 2012.

 

Woods, A.J. Brain Arousal Systems: The Gateway to Conscious Behavior. Institute of Aging Center for Aging and Memory Lecture Series, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA, December 13, 2012

 

Woods, A.J. Space, Time & Causality in the Human Brain. Psychology Lecture Series, Texas Christian University, Ft. Worth, TX, USA, November 30, 2012.

 

Woods, A.J. Space, Time & Causality in the Brain. Experimental Psychology Lecture Series, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, USA, November 23, 2012.

 

Woods, A.J. Space, Time & Causality in the Brain. Neuroscience Lecture Series, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME, USA, November 12, 2012.

 

Woods, A.J. Space, Time, & Causality: a tDCS study. International Research Training Group Winter School (IRTG 1328, Shizophrenia and Autism), Aachen University, Aachen, Germany, November 3, 2012.

 

Woods, A.J. Perceptual Bias in Athletic Decision-Making. Annual Colonial Athletic Association NCAA Football Officiating Clinic, Philadelphia, PA, USA, July 20, 2012.

 

Woods, A.J. Space, Time, and Causal Inference: a tDCS study. Laboratory for Cognition and Neural Stimulation, University of Pennslyvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA, May 7, 2012.

 

Woods, A.J. The Role of the Right Parietal Cortex in Causal Inference. Neuroscience Chalk Talks, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, USA, March 22, 2012

 

Woods, A.J. Causal Event Perception Across the Lifespan. Intelectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center Trainee Lecture Series, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, USA, March 10, 2011.

 

Woods, A.J. Judging a Book by Its Cover: Causality and Surface Features. Center for Cognitive Neuroscience Lecture Series, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA, January 26, 2011.

 

Woods, A.J.  Cortical Arousal and Visual Perception. Cognitive Neuroscience Brown Bag Lecture Series, Department of Psychology, The George Washington University, Washington, DC, USA, March 21, 2009.

 

Woods, A.J.  The Various “Perceptions” of Distance: an alternative view of how effort influences judgments of absolute distance.  Cognitive Neuroscience Brown Bag Lecture Series, Department of Psychology, The George Washington University, Washington, DC, USA, February 16, 2008.

 

Woods, A.J., Philbeck, J.W. Perceived Effort Recalibrates Verbal Distance Judgments Without Altering Perceived Distance, Object Perception Attention and Memory (OPAM) Conference, Long Beach, CA, USA. November 15, 2007.

 

Woods, A.J.  Does Physiological Effort Influence Perceived Distance?  Cognitive Neuroscience Brown Bag Lecture Series, Department of Psychology, The George Washington University, Washington, DC, USA, April 21, 2007.

 

Woods, A.J.  Neglect and Neural Mechanisms of Magnitude Estimation.  Cognitive Neuroscience Brown Bag Lecture Series, Department of Psychology, The George Washington University, Washington, DC, USA, December 5, 2005.

 

Mennemeier, M., Woods, A.J.  Hemispheric Laterality of Magnitude Estimation.  Behavioral Neurology/Neuroscience Laboratory Meeting (PI: Anjan Chatterjee, M.D.), Department of Neurology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA, October 29, 2004

 

Woods, A.J., Mark, V.W.  Routine Cognitive Assessment of Elderly “Non-Neurological” Rehabilitation In-patients: surprising findings. Center for Aging Scientific Lecture Series, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL, USA, January 23, 2004.

 

Woods, A.J. Cognitive Impairment in “Non-Neurologic” Elderly Rehabilitation Inpatients: fact or fiction? Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Grand Rounds, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL, USA, January 16, 2004.

 

Woods, A.J. Cognitive Impairment in “Non-Neurologic” Rehabilitation Inpatients.  National Institute of Health Training Seminar, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL, USA, April 30, 2003.