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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+14]Sha, L., Haxby, J. V. , Abdi, H., Guntupalli, J. S. , Oosterhof, N. N. , Halchenko, Y. O. and Connolly, A. C. (In press). The animacy continuum in the human ventral vision pathway. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. [PDF] `DOI: 10.1162/jocn\_a\_00733 <http://dx.doi.org/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. [URL]

Miscellaneous

Posters

[NCO+VSS14]Nastase, S. A. , Connolly, A. C. , Oosterhof, N. N. , Halchenko, Y. O. , Guntupalli, J. S. , Gors, J. , Gobbini, M. I. and Haxby, J. V. (2014). Attentional allocation locally warps neural representational space. . [PDF]
[NCO+OHBM14]Nastase, S. A. , Connolly, A. C. , Oosterhof, N. N. , Halchenko, Y. O. , Guntupalli, J. S. , Gors, J. , Gobbini, M. I. and Haxby, J. V. (2014). Attention locally modulates the discriminability of high-level, task-relevant representations. . [PDF]
[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. . [PDF] [URL]
[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. . [PDF] [URL]
[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. . [PDF] [URL]
[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. . [PNG] [URL]
[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. . [PNG] [URL]
[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. . [PNG] [URL]
[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. . [URL]
[CH10b]Connolly, A. C. and Haxby, J. V. (2010). Neural similarity reveals taxonomic organization for animate categories in object-vision pathway. . [URL]
[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. . [URL]
[GCH10a]Guntupalli, J. S. , Connolly, A. C. and Haxby, J. V. (2010). Deriving universal neural representational space of objects. . [PDF] [URL]
[GCH10b]Guntupalli, J. S. , Connolly, A. C. and Haxby, J. V. (2010). Inter-subject hyperalignment of neural representational spaces to derive common categorical patterns. . [PDF] [URL]
[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. . [PDF] [URL]
[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. . [PDF] [URL]
[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. . [URL]
[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. . [URL]
[CGT06]Connolly, A. C. , Gleitman, L. R. and Thompson-Schill, S. L. (2006). Whats in a Word?: Reevaluating Conceptual Combination with Prototypes. . [URL]
[Con04]Connolly, A. C. (2004). Prototypes still have a PET FISH Problem. . [URL]
[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. . [URL]
[Con00b]Connolly, A. C. (2000). Why Children Say *Goed, A Study of Overregularization Errors in Language Acquisition in Children with Specific Language Impairments. . [URL]

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. . [PDF] [URL]
[Con10a]Connolly, A. C. (2010). Similarity-based pattern analysis reveals an emergent taxonomy of animal species along the object vision pathway. . [URL]
[Con10b]Connolly, A. C. (2010). Mulit-voxel similarity structure analysis reveals taxonomy of animal species in human ventral temporal cortex. . [URL]
[Con10c]Connolly, A. C. (2010). Similarity-based pattern analysis reveals semantic category structure in human object vision cortex. . [URL]
[Gun10a]Guntupalli, J. S. , Connolly, A. C. and Haxby, J. (2010). Inter-subject hyperalignment of neural representational spaces to derive common categorical patterns. . [PDF] [URL]
[Con05a]Connolly, A. C. (2005). Category-specific differences in conceptual knowledge between congenitally blind and sighted subjects. . [URL]
[Con05b]Connolly, A. C. (2005). Category effects in conceptual knowledge in congenitally blind subjects. . [URL]
[GC04]Gleitman, L. R. and Connolly, A. C. (2004). Prototypes Dont Compose, Even as Defaults. . [URL]

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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