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Andy C. Connolly

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Andy C. Connolly

Research Scientist

Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania

CV

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Contact

Address:6207 Moore Hall, Rm427 Hanover, NH 03755
Phone:(+1)603-646-6436
Email:andrew.c.connolly@dartmouth.edu

Research

I am interested in how the human brain represents basic concepts and categories. My research addresses a range of topics including the representation of animacy in the brain, the relationship between sensory experience and conceptualization, and the compositionality of meaning. Ongoing projects include brain imaging studies aimed at decoding the systems of the brain specialized for representing animate objects and biological motion. A recurring theme in these studies is investigation of neural representations in terms of similarity structures defined by multivariate patterns of activity recorded using fMRI.

Publications

Articles

[SHA+15]Sha, L., Haxby, J. V. , Abdi, H., Guntupalli, J. S. , Oosterhof, N. N. , Halchenko, Y. O. and Connolly, A. C. (2015). The animacy continuum in the human ventral vision pathway. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 27:4, 665-678. [PDF] DOI: 10.1162/jocn_a_00733
[HCG14]Haxby, J. V. , Connolly, A. C. and Guntupalli, J. S. (2014). Decoding Neural Representational Spaces Using Multivariate Pattern Analysis. Annual Review of Neuroscience, 37, 435-436. [PDF] DOI: 10.1146/annurev-neuro-062012-170325
[KFR+13]Kohler, P. J., et al. (2013). Pattern classification precedes region-average hemodynamic response in early visual cortex.. Neuroimage, 78C, 249-260. [PDF] DOI: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2013.04.019
[AWC+12]Abdi, H., Williams, L. J., Connolly, A. C. , Gobbini, M. I. , Dunlop, J. P. and Haxby, J. V. (2012). Multiple Subject Barycentric Discriminant Analysis (MUSUBADA): How to assign scans to categories without using spatial normalization. Computational and Mathematical Methods in Medicine, 2012, 1-15. [PDF] DOI: 10.1155/2012/634165, cited by: 4
[CGG+12]Connolly, A. C. , Guntupalli, J. S. , Gors, J. , Hanke, M. , Halchenko, Y. O., Wu, Y. , Abdi, H. and Haxby, J. V. (2012). Representation of biological classes in the human brain. Journal of Neuroscience, 32, 2608-2618. [PDF] DOI: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.5547-11.2012, cited by: 16
[RC12]Raizada, R. and Connolly, A. C. (2012). What makes different people’s representations alike: neural similarity-space solves the problem of across-subject fMRI decoding. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience (in press), 24, 868-877. [PDF] [URL] DOI: 10.1162/jocn_a_00189, cited by: 2
[HGC+11]Haxby, J. V. , Guntupalli, J. S. , Connolly, A. C. , Halchenko, Y. O. , Conroy, B. R., Gobbini, M. I. , Hanke, M. and Ramadge, P. J. (2011). A Common, High-Dimensional Model of the Representational Space in Human Ventral Temporal Cortex. Neuron, 72, 404-416. [PDF] [PDF:Supp] DOI: 10.1016/j.neuron.2011.08.026, cited by: 21
[CFG+07]Connolly, A. C. , Fodor, J. A., Gleitman, L. R. and Gleitman, H. (2007). Why stereotypes don’t even make good defaults. Cognition, 103, 1-22. [PDF] DOI: 10.1016/j.cognition.2006.02.005
[CGT07]Connolly, A. C. , Gleitman, L. R. and Thompson-Schill, S. L. (2007). Effect of congenital blindness on the semantic representation of some everyday concepts. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 104, 8241-8246. [PDF] DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0702812104

Book Chapters

[CGH12]Connolly, A. C. , Gobbini, M. I. and Haxby, J. V. (2012). Three Virtues of Similarity-Based Multivariate Pattern Analysis: An Example from the Human Object Vision pathway in Understanding visual population codes: Toward a common multivariate framework for cell recording and functional imaging. In Kriegeskorte, N. and Kreiman, G. (Eds.) ” (pp. 335-355): MIT Press. [PDF], cited by: 3
[GCA12]Gleitman, L. R., Connolly, A. C. and Armstrong, S. L. (2012). Can Prototype Representations Support Composition and Decomposition? in The Oxford Handbook of Compositionality. In Werning, M. and Hinzen, W. and Machery, E. (Eds.) ” (pp. 419-436): Oxford University Press. [PDF]

Master Theses

[Con00a]Connolly, A. C. (2000). Why children say goed*: A study of over-regularization and linguistic tradeoffs in child speech (Thesis). Henry Rutgers Scholars Program, New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Miscellaneous

Posters

[CSG+HBM13]Connolly, A. C. , Sha, L., Gobbini, M. I. and Haxby, J. V. (2013). Decoding representations of actions of other species using multivariate pattern analysis. Organization for Human Brain Mapping Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA 2013. Poster. [PDF]
[CSG+VSS13]Connolly, A. C. , Sha, L., Gobbini, M. I. and Haxby, J. V. (2013). Representations of action categories generalize across the phylum, genus, and species of the actor. Vision Sciences Society Annual Meeting, Naples, FL 2013. Poster. [PDF]
[CGG+SFN12]Connolly, A. C. , Guntupalli, J. S. , Gors, J. and Haxby, J. V. (2012). Decoding categorical representations of human actions from brain activity associated with viewing point-light movies. Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, New Orleans, 2012. Poster. [PDF]
[SHC_SFN12]Sha, L., Haxby, J. V. and Connolly, A. C. (2012). The representation of object categories along an animacy continuum in the human visual system. Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, New Orleans. Poster. [PNG]
[SHC_SFN12]Sha, L., Haxby, J. V. and Connolly, A. C. (2012). The representation of object categories along an animacy continuum in the human visual system. Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, New Orleans. Poster. [PNG]
[CGH+11]Connolly, A. C. , Guntupalli, J. S. , Hanke, M. , Gobbini, M. I. and Haxby, J. V. (2011). More or less human: The animate-inanimate distinction in visual cortex may be more continuum than distinction. Cognitive Neuroscience Society 2011 Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA. Poster. [PNG]
[CWH+11]Connolly, A. C. , Wu, Y. , Halchenko, Y. O. , Guntupalli, J. S. and Haxby, J. V. (2011). Scanning parameters for optimal decoding using a 32-channel head coil for fMRI. Vision Sciences Society Annual Meeting, Naples, FL. Poster. [PNG]
[CH10a]Connolly, A. C. and Haxby, J. V. (2010). Similarity-based pattern analysis reveals an emergent taxonomy of animal species along the object vision pathway. Rovereto Workshop on Concepts Actions and Objects 2010 - CAOS10, Rovereto, Italy. Poster.
[CH10b]Connolly, A. C. and Haxby, J. V. (2010). Neural similarity reveals taxonomic organization for animate categories in object-vision pathway. Organization of Human Brain Mapping Annual Meeting, Barcelona, Spain. Poster.
[CH10c]Connolly, A. C. and Haxby, J. V. (2010). Similarity-based multi-voxel pattern analysis reveals an emergent taxonomy of animal species along the object vision pathway. Vision Sciences Society 10th Annual Meeting, Naples, FL. Poster.
[GCH10a]Guntupalli, J. S. , Connolly, A. C. and Haxby, J. V. (2010). Deriving universal neural representational space of objects. Rovereto Workshop on Concepts Actions and Objects 2010 - CAOS10, Rovereto, Italy. Poster. [PDF]
[GCH10b]Guntupalli, J. S. , Connolly, A. C. and Haxby, J. V. (2010). Inter-subject hyperalignment of neural representational spaces to derive common categorical patterns. Organization of Human Brain Mapping Annual Meeting, Barcelona, Spain. Poster. [PDF]
[GCH10c]Guntupalli, J. S. , Connolly, A. C. and Haxby, J. V. (2010). In search of functional brain atlases: Deriving common categorical representational patterns across individuals in ventral visual pathway. Vision Sciences Society Annual Meeting, Naples, FL. Poster. [PDF]
[GH10]Guntupalli, J. S. , Connolly, A. C. and Haxby, J. V. (2010). In search of functional brain atlases: Deriving common categorical representational patterns across individuals in ventral visual pathway. ”. [PDF] [URL] DOI: 10.1167/10.7.978
[GH_CAOS10]J Swaroop Guntupalli, A. C. C. and Haxby, J. V. (2010). Deriving universal neural representational space of objects. Rovereto Workshop on Concepts Actions and Objects 2010 - CAOS10, Rovereto, Italy. [PDF]
[CWN+08]Connolly, A. C. , Weber, M., Norman, K. A., Thompson-Schill, S. L. and Osherson, D. (2008). Investigations in measuring neural similarity among natural kind representation using fMRI. Cognitive Neuroscience of Visual Knowledge: Where Vision Meets Memory Conference, Tufts University, Medford, MA. Poster.
[CWO+08]Connolly, A. C. , Weber, M., Osherson, D., Norman, K. A. and Thompson-Schill, S. L. (2008). Comparing apples and oranges: Similarity among patterns of neural activation reflects behavioral judgments of concept similarity. Cognitive Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting, San Francisco. Poster.
[CGT06]Connolly, A. C. , Gleitman, L. R. and Thompson-Schill, S. L. (2006). Whats in a Word?: Reevaluating Conceptual Combination with Prototypes. Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Houston, TX. Poster.
[Con04]Connolly, A. C. (2004). Prototypes still have a PET FISH Problem. American Psychological Society Annual Convention, Chicago. Poster.
[CGG+03]Connolly, A. C. , Gleitman, L. R., Gleitman, H. and Fodor, J. A. (2003). The role of prototypes in the interpretation of adjective-noun combinations and combined categories. 16th Annual CUNY Conference on Sentence Processing, Cambridge, MA. Poster.
[Con00b]Connolly, A. C. (2000). Why Children Say *Goed, A Study of Overregularization Errors in Language Acquisition in Children with Specific Language Impairments. The Henry Rutgers Scholars Program poster session, New Brunswick, NJ. Poster.

Talks

[Gun13]Guntupalli, J. S. , Connolly, A. C. and Haxby, J. (2013). Exploring the scale of common dimensions of information decoding in human ventral temporal cortex. Talk at the Symposium for Decoding and the spatial scale of cortical organization at the Annual meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, Naples, USA. [PDF]
[Con10a]Connolly, A. C. (2010). Similarity-based pattern analysis reveals an emergent taxonomy of animal species along the object vision pathway. Travel Award Winner - Rovereto Workshop on Concepts Actions and Objects 2010 - CAOS10, Rovereto, Italy. Talk.
[Con10b]Connolly, A. C. (2010). Mulit-voxel similarity structure analysis reveals taxonomy of animal species in human ventral temporal cortex. Slide Presentation at Cognitive Neurosciences Society 2010 Annual Meeting, Montreal, Canada. Talk.
[Con10c]Connolly, A. C. (2010). Similarity-based pattern analysis reveals semantic category structure in human object vision cortex. 24th Annual Neuroscience Day at Dartmouth, Hanover, NH. Talk.
[Gun10a]Guntupalli, J. S. , Connolly, A. C. and Haxby, J. (2010). Inter-subject hyperalignment of neural representational spaces to derive common categorical patterns. Talk at the Organization of Human Brain Mapping Annual Meeting, Barcelona, Spain. [PDF]
[Con05a]Connolly, A. C. (2005). Category-specific differences in conceptual knowledge between congenitally blind and sighted subjects. Winner of Graduate Students Present Award - Cognitive Neuroscience. Talk.
[Con05b]Connolly, A. C. (2005). Category effects in conceptual knowledge in congenitally blind subjects. Cognitive Neuroscience at Penn and Princeton: Graduate Student Symposium, Princeton. Talk.
[GC04]Gleitman, L. R. and Connolly, A. C. (2004). Prototypes Dont Compose, Even as Defaults. Compositionality, Concepts, and Cognition, an Interdisciplinary Conference in Cognitive Science, Duesseldorf, Germany. Talk.

Ph.D. Theses

[Con06]Connolly, A. C. (2006). Concepts and Their Features: Can Cognitive Science Make Good on the Promises of Concept Empiricism? A Dissertation in Psychology (Doctoral dissertation). University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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