Michael A. Motes
Center for BrainHealth, University of Texas at Dallas
School of Behavioral & Brain Sciences, University of Texas at Dallas
Department of Psychiatry, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Bio: Dr. Michael Motes is currently working as a scientist at the Center for BrainHealth and the School of
Behavioral and Brain Sciences at the University of Texas at Dallas, and he has an adjunct appointment at
the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. He is also currently serving as a member of the
PLOS ONE Editorial Board.
His research examines brain bases of differences in basic cognitive abilities, particularly working memory,
and the relationships between basic and higher-level abilities. His research has explored the brain bases of changes
in cognitive abilities associated with development and normal aging, dementia, depression, Gulf War War Syndrome,
autism, and cognitive training.
Dr. Motes received his Ph.D. from the Doctoral Program in Experimental Psychology at Texas Christian University.
While a graduate student, he studied factors affecting changes in attention and spatial memory over time.
Following graduate school, he held a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at Rutgers-The State University of New Jersey.
At Rutgers, he studied the role of basic cognitive abilities, particularly visual-spatial and visual-imagery abilities,
in the performance of higher level cognitive tasks, like learning science concepts and navigating real and virtual
Motes, M.A., Gamino, J.F., Chapman, S.B., Rao, N.K., Maguire, M.J., Brier, M.R., Kraut, M.A., & Hart, J. Jr. (2014). Inhibitory control
gains from higher-order cognitive strategy training. Brain and Cognition, 84, 44-62.
Hubbard, N.A., Hutchison, J.L., Motes, M.A., Brigante, R.M., Shokri-Kojori, E., Haley, R.W., & Rypma, B. (2014). Central
executive dysfunction and deferred prefrontal processing in veterans with Gulf War Illness. Clinical Psychological Science, 2, 319-327.
Chiang, H.S., Motes, M.A., Mudar, R. A., Rao, N. K., Mansinghani, S., Brier, M. R., Maguire, M. J., Kraut, M. A., & Hart, J. Jr. (2013).
Semantic processing and response inhibition. NeuroReport, 24, 889-893.
Calley, C.S., Motes, M.A., Chaing, H-S., Buhl, V., Spence, J.S., Abdi, H., Anand, R., Maguire, M., Estevez, L., Briggs, R., Freeman, T.,
Kraut, M.A., & Hart, J. Jr. (2013). Threat as a feature in visual semantic object memory. Human Brain Mapping, 34, 1946-1955.
Hart, J. Jr., Maguire, M.J., Motes, M., Mudar, R.A., Chiang, H.S., Womack, K.B., & Kraut, M.A. (2013). Semantic memory retrieval circuit:
Role of pre-SMA, caudate, and thalamus. Brain and Language, 126, 89-98.
Shad, M.U., Keshavan, M.S., Steinberg, J.L., Mihalakos, P., Thomas, B.P., Motes, M.A., Soares, J.C., & Tamminga, C. A. (2012). Neurobiology of
self-awareness in schizophrenia: An fMRI study. Schizophrenia Research, 138, 113-119.
Motes, M.A., Biswal, B.B. & Rypma, B. (2011). Age-dependent relationships between prefrontal cortex activation and processing efficiency.
Cognitive Neuroscience, 2, 1-10.
Motes, M. A., Shokri Kojori, E., Rao, N.K., Bennett, I.J., & Rypma, B. (2011). Using fMRI to examine the brain-bases of working memory.
In E.S. Levin (Ed.), Working Memory: Capacity, Developments, and Improvement Techniques. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Publishers.
Motes, M. A., & Rypma, B. (2010). Working memory component processes: Isolating BOLD signal-changes. NeuroImage, 49, 1933-1941.
Biswal, B.B., Eldreth, D.A., Motes, M.A., & Rypma, B. (2010). Task-dependent individual differences in prefrontal connectivity. Cerebral
Cortex, 20, 2188-2197.
Kannurpatti, S.S., Motes, M.A., Rypma, B., & Biswal, B.B. (2009). Neural and vascular variability and the fMRI-BOLD response in normal aging.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging, 28, 466-476.
Kozhevnikov, M., Louchakova, O., Josipovic, Z., & Motes, M. A. (2009). The enhancement of visuospatial processing efficiency through Buddhist
Deity meditation. Psychological Science, 9, 645-653.
Motes, M. A., Malach, R., & Kozhevnikov, M. (2008). Object processing neural efficiency differentiates object from spatial visualizers.
NeuroReport, 19, 1727-1721.
Motes, M. A., Hubbard, T. L., Courtney, J. R., & Rypma, B. (2008). A principal components analysis of dynamic spatial memory biases.
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, & Cognition, 34, 1076-1083.
Finlay, C. A., Motes, M. A., & Kozhevnikov, M. (2007). Updating representations of learned scenes. Psychological Research, 71, 265-276.
Kozhevnikov, M., Motes, M. A., & Hegarty, M. (2007). Spatial visualization in physics problem solving. Cognitive Science, 31, 549-579.
Courtney, J. R., Motes, M. A., & Hubbard, T. L. (2007). Multi- and unisensory visual flash illusions. Perception, 36, 516-524.
Motes, M. A., Finlay, C. A., & Kozhevnikov, M. (2006). Scene movement versus observer movement in scene recognition: A test of the
spatial updating hypothesis. Perception, 35, 1507-1520.
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Former Lab Members
Laura Dewey, Graduate Student (UT Southwestern Medical Center, Graduated 2011)
Andrew Hillis, Graduate Student
Tiffany Jantz, Research Coordinator
Diane Ogiela, Postdoctoral Research Fellow (currently faculty at Idaho State University)
Neena Rao, Research Coordinator
Monique Salinas, Research Coordinator
Christopher Stoval, Undergraduate Research Assistant