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Faculty

GolobEdward J. Golob, Ph.D.
associate Professor

Ph.D., 1999, Dartmouth College
Curriculum Vitae 

Email: egolob@tulane.edu
Phone: (504) 862-3300

Website: Lab Page

3067 Percival Stern Hall

Research Interests


Our lab studies aspects of hearing that are particularly important to humans, such as determining a sound’s location and recognizing speech and music.  We examine how auditory processing is affected by attention, short-term memory, and the relations between perception and action.  In addition to addressing basic science issues we also use the auditory system as a model to better understand the cognitive and neurobiological changes that accompany normal aging, Alzheimer's disease, and speech fluency disorders.

Many experiments in our lab monitor the brain's electrical activity using EEG techniques while subjects perform cognitive tasks.  We also transiently influence brain activity using MRI-guided transcranial magnetic or electrical stimulation.  The impact of neural stimulation is assessed using behavioral and EEG measures.

Selected Publications

Nelson J.T., McKinley R.A., Golob E.J., Warm J.S., Parasuraman R. (2014). Enhancing vigilance in operators with prefrontal cortex transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS).  Neuroimage, 85: 909-917.  PMID: 23235272

Yurgil K.A. & Golob E.J. (2013).  Auditory cortical potentials in a selective attention task reflect individual differences in working memory capacity.  Psychophysiology.  PMID: 24016201

Stowe L.M. & Golob E.J. (2013).  Evidence that the Lombard effect is frequency-specific in humans.  Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 134(1): 640-7 PMID: 23862838

Foundas A.L., Mock J.R., Corey D.M., Golob E.J., Conture E.G. (2013).  The speecheasy device in stuttering:  Left ear-placement enhances fluency.  Brain and Language, 26(2): 141-150.  PMID: 23712191

Mock J.R., Foundas A.L., Golob E.J. (2011).  Modulation of sensory and motor cortex activity during speech preparation: an ERP and TMS study.  European Journal of Neuroscience, 33(5):1001-1011.  PMID: 21261757

Golob E.J. & Holmes J.L. (2011).  Cortical mechanisms of auditory spatial attention in a target detection task.  Brain Research.  1384: 128-139.  PMID: 21295017

Mock J.R., Foundas A.L., Golob E.J. (2011).  Selective influence of auditory distractors on motor cortex excitability.  Neuroreport, 22(16): 830-833.  
PMID: 21904250

Yurgil K. & Golob E.J. (2010).  Neural activity before and after conscious perception of a multistable stimulus.  Neuropsychologia, 48(10): 2952-2958.  PMID: 20542046

Irimajiri R., Golob E.J., Starr A (2010).  ApoE genotype and auditory cortical sensory and cognitive potentials in healthy older females.  Neurobiology of Aging, 31(10):     1799-1804.  PMID: 18976833

Golob E.J., Ringman J.M., Irimajiri R., Bright S., Schaffer B., Medina L.D., Starr A (2009).  Cortical event-related potentials in preclinical familial Alzheimer’s disease.  Neurology, 73(20): 1649-1655.  PMID: 19917987

Wang H., Golob E., Bert A., Nie K, Chu Y., Dick M, Mandelkern M., Su MY (2009).  Alterations in regional brain volume and individual MRI-guided
perfusion in mild cognitive impairment correlated with memory function. Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology, 22(1): 35-45.  PMID: 19150973

Rader S.K., Holmes, J.L., Golob E.J. (2008).  Auditory event-related potentials during a spatial working memory task.  Clinical Neurophysiology,  
119: 1176-1189.  PMID: 18313978

Golob E.J., Irimajiri R., Starr A. (2007).  Auditory cortical activity in amnestic mild cognitive impairment: relationship to subtype and conversion to dementia.  Brain, 130(3): 740-52.

Wang H., Golob E.J., Su M.Y. (2006).  Vascular volume and blood-brain barrier permeability in hippocampus and cerebellum measured with dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI in mild cognitive impairment.  Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging, 24(3): 695-700.

Bennett I.J., Golob E.J., Parker E.S., Starr A. (2006).  Memory evaluation in mild cognitive impairment using recall and recognition tasks.  Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 28(8):  1408-1422.

Golob E.J., Ovasapyan V., Starr A. (2005).  Event-related potentials accompanying motor preparation and stimulus expectancy in the young, young-old and oldest-old.  Neurobiology of Aging, 26(4): 531-542

Bassett J.P., Zugaro M.B., Muir G.M., Golob E.J., Wiener S.I., Muller R.U., Taube J.S. (2005).  Passive movements of the head do not abolish anticipatory firing properties of head direction cells.  Journal of Neurophysiology, 93(3): 1304-1316.


Dr. Golob's Courses


  • Cognitive Neuroscience – PSYC 657
  • Cognitive Neuroscience Lab – PSYC 658
  • Sensory and Motor Systems – PSYC 708
  • Cognitive Psychology – PSYC 747

Department of Psychology • 2007 Percival Stern Hall • New Orleans, LA 70118 • Phone: 504-865-5331 • psych@tulane.edu