Michael A. Motes
School of Behavioral & Brain Sciences, University of Texas at Dallas
Department of Psychiatry, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Email: michael.motes at utd.edu
Dr. Michael Motes is currently working as a scientist at 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
His research examines brain bases of basic cognitive functions, particularly, working memory, inhibitory control, and
processing speed, and the relationships between basic and higher-level functions. His research has explored the brain bases
of changes in cognitive abilities associated with development and normal aging, dementia, PTSD, traumatic brain injury,
Gulf War illness, 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., Rao, N.K., Shokri-Kojori, E., Chiang, H.-S., Kraut, M.A., & Hart, J. Jr. (in press). Trial-level regressor
modulation for fMRI designs requiring struct periodicity of stimulus presentations: Illustrated using a Go/No-Go
task. Magnetic Resonance Insights.
Kozel, F.A., Motes, M.A., Didehbani, N., DeLaRosa, B., Bass, C., Schraufnagel, C.D., Jones, P., Morgan, C.R.,
Spence, J.S., Kraut, M.A.,& Hart, J., Jr. (in press). Repetitive TMS to augment cognitive processing therapy
in combat veterans of recent conflicts with PTSD: A randomized clinical trial. Journal of Affective Disorders.
Motes, M.A., Yezhuvath, U.S., Aslan, S., Spence, J.S., Rypma, B., & Chapman, S.B. (2018). Higher-order cognitive
training effects on processing-speed related neural activity: A randomized trial. Neurobiology of Aging, 62, 72-81.
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 ofself-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.
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.
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