Don Tucker (Clinical, EGI)


Office: Electrical Geodesics Inc.
Phone Number: 541-687-7962
E-mail address: dtuckeratuoregon [dot] edu
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Research Interests and Publications:

Dr. Tucker is interested in how cognition is regulated by emotional arousal. His research uses methods of cognitive psychology to assess the influence of specific forms of emotional arousal, such as anxiety and depression. To assess the neural activity associated with emotional states and cognitive operations, this research includes computerized analysis of the electrical activity of the brain with dense array EEG measures, developed at Electrical Geodesics, Inc (EGI).

A particular interest now is mechanisms of the limbic system that seem to regulate learning and memory according to strategic motivational controls. For example, anxiety may engage the amygdala and ventral limbic networks that not only focus immediate attention, but facilitate continuing consolidation of threat-related information.

For more information, visit Dr. Tucker's websites: Brain Electrophysiological Lab and Electrical Geodesics, Inc.

Selected Publications:

Tucker, D.M. & Luu, P. (2012). Cognition and Neural Development. New York, Oxford University Press.

Luu, P., Jiang, Z., Poulsen, C., Mattison, C., Smith, A., & Tucker, D.M. (2011). Learning and the development of contexts for action. Front Hum Neurosci, 5, 159. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2011.00159.

Tucker, D.M. & Holmes, M.D. (2010).  Fractures and bindings of consciousness. American Scientist, 99, 32-39.

Luu, P., Geyer, A., Fidopiastis, C., Campbell, G., Wheeler, T., Cohn, J., et al. (2010). Reentrant processing in intuitive perception. PLoS One, 5(3), e9523.

Tucker, D. M., Waters, A. C., & Holmes, M. D. (2009). Transition from Cortical Slow Oscillations of Sleep to Spike-Wave Seizures. Clinical Neurophysiology, 120, 2055–2062.

Tucker, D., Luu, P., & Poulsen, C. (2009). Neural mechanisms of recursive processing in cognitive and linguistic complexity. Syntactic complexity: diachrony, acquisition, neuro-cognition, evolution, 461.

Tucker, D. M. (2007). Mind From Body: Experience From Neural Structure. New York: Oxford University Press.

Tucker, D. M., & Moller, L. (2007). The Metamorphosis: Individuation of the adolescent brain. In D. Romer & E. F. Walker (Eds.), Adolescent psychopathology and the developing brain: Integrating brain and prevention science. New York: Oxford.

Tucker, D. M., & Luu, P. (2006). Adaptive Binding. In H. Zimmer, A. Mecklinger & U. Lindenberger (Eds.), Binding in Human Memory: A Neurocognitive Approach. New York: Oxford University Press.

Tucker, D. M., Luu, P., & Derryberry, D. (2005). Love hurts: The evolution of empathic concern through the encephalization of nociceptive capacity. Dev Psychopathol, 17(3), 699-713.