Chantel Prat, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

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Dr. Prat is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at UW. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of California, Davis, working with Debra Long on investigations of individual differences in representation of discourse in the two hemispheres, and trained subsequently at the Center for Cognitive Brain Imaging with Marcel Just, conducting investigations of network-level characterizations of cognitive capacity. Dr. Prat’s research investigates the nature of biological constraints on information processing, with an emphasis on the neural correlates of individual differences in language comprehension abilities. Her current research at the Cognition and Cortical Dynamics Laboratory employs the combination of fMRI, TMS, DTI, and behavioral paradigms to investigate the neural basis of individual differences in language and cognition.

Dr. Prat was just named Young Investigator for 2011 by the Society for Text and Discourse. The purpose of this award is to recognize outstanding early career contributions to text and discourse research. Recipients have demonstrated exceptional and innovative contributions to discourse research and show superior promise as leaders in the field.

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Educational Background

Ph. D. in Cognitive Psychology, University of California, Davis, June 2004
M. A. in Cognitive Psychology, University of California, Davis, September 2001
B. A. in Psychology, University of California, San Diego, June 1997

 

Academic Positions Held

September 1, 2010 – Present Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology and Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle
July 2008 – August 31,2010 Special Research Faculty, Department of Psychology, Carnegie Mellon University
June 2005 - June 2008 Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Cognitive Brain Imaging, Carnegie Mellon University

 

Professional Offices, Awards, and Affiliations

Tom Trabasso Young Investigator Award, Society for Text and Discourse, 2011.

Editorial Assistant: Psychological Bulletin (2005-2008)
Ad Hoc Reviewer: Psychological Bulletin, Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, Human Brain Mapping, Cerebral Cortex, Neuropsychologia
NIH NRSA Fellowship, Carnegie Mellon University, 2005-2007

Publications

Prat, C. S., Mason, R. A., & Just, M. A. (2012). An fMRI investigation of analogical mapping in metaphor comprehension: The influence of context and individual cognitive capacities on processing demands. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 38, 282-94.
 
Prat, C. S. & Stocco, A. (2011). Information routing in the basal ganglia: Highways to abnormal connectivity in autism? Physics of Life Reviews, 9, 1-2.
 
Prat, C. S. (2011). The Brain Basis of Individual Differences in Language Comprehension Abilities. Language and Linguistic Compass, 5(9), 635-649. Click here to receive a reprint
 
Prat, C. S., Mason, R. A., & Just, M. A. (2011). Individual differences in the neural basis of Causal Inferencing. Brain and Language, 116, 1-13. Click here to receive a reprint
 
Prat, C. S. & Just, M. A. (2011). Exploring the cortical dynamics underpinning individual differences in sentence comprehension. Cerebral Cortex, 21, 1747-1760. Click here to receive a reprint
 
Prat, C. S. & Just, M. A. (2008). Brain bases of individual differences in cognition. Psychological Science Agenda, 22(5). Click here to receive a reprint
 
Prat, C. S., Keller, T. A., & Just, M. A. (2007). Individual differences in sentence comprehension: An fMRI investigation of syntactic and lexical processing demands. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 19(12), 1950-1963. Click here to receive a reprint
 
Prat, C. S., Long, D. L., & Baynes, K. (2007). The representation of discourse in the two hemispheres: An individual differences investigation. Brain and Language, 100(3), 283-294. Click here to receive a reprint
 
Mills, D., Plunkett, K., Prat. C., & Schaffer, G. (2005). Watching the infant brain learn words: Effects of vocabulary size and experience. Cognitive Development, 10, 19-31. Click here to receive a reprint
 
Mills, D. L., Prat, C., Zangl, R., Stager, C. L., Neville, H. J., & Werker, J. F. (2004). Language experience and the organization of brain activity to phonetically similar words: ERP evidence from 14- and 20-month-olds. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 16(8). 1452-1464.
 
Long, D. L., & Prat, C. S. (2002). Working memory and Stroop interference: An individual differences investigation. Memory & Cognition, 30, 294-301.
 
 

About the Lab

Human thought is characterized by its flexible, dynamic nature. The Cognition and Cortical Dynamics Laboratory (CCDL) consists of a group of researchers interested in better understanding how the brain changes, or adapts, to deal with the ever present fluctuations in information processing demands.  Our research on these issues addresses a set of unifying questions, such as:

What are the biological bases of individual differences in cognitive capabilities?  What are the neural mechanisms underpinning cognitive flexibility?  The CCDL utilizes multiple methods and approaches including functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), biologically constrained computational modeling, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), and individual differences research to collect converging evidence about the biological nature of human thought.

 

Contact

Phone Number: 
(206) 685-8610