Model of human head on the life, model of brain on the right


Department of Psychology

Laura Swain, PhD

Courses Taught

Dr. Swain teaches undergraduate and honors Introductory Psychology, Sensation and Perception, and undergraduate Cognitive Neuroscience, and graduate-level Statistics and Research Methods.  She also serves as chair of Master’s theses.


Ph.D., University of South Carolina, 2008, Experimental Psychology, concentrated in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience

Research Interests

Her research interests include cognitive and social-cognitive functioning associated with cortical motor network systems during brain sensitive states, such as during development or when damaged, as well as motor system processing influences in attention, perception, and language.


(Names in bold indicate student authors.)

Müller ,H.P., Turner, M.R., Grosskreutz J., Abrahams, S., Bede, P., Govind V., …; Neuroimaging Society in ALS (NiSALS) DTI Study Group. (2016). A large-scale multicentre cerebral diffusion tensor imaging study in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry, in press. doi: 10.1136/jnnp-2015-311952

Jelsone-Swain, L., Persad, C., Burkard, D., Welsh, R.C. (2015). Action processing and    mirror neuron function in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: an fMRI study. PLos One.doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0119862

Chapman, M., Jelsone-Swain, L., Johnson, T. Gruis, K., Welsh, R.C. (2014). Diffusion tensor MRI of the corpus callosum in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging39(3): 641-7. doi: 10.1002/jmri.24218

Welsh, R.C., Jelsone-Swain, L.M, Foerster, B.R. (2013). The utility of independent component analysis and machine learning in the identification of the amyotrophic lateral sclerosis diseased brain. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7:251doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2013.00251

Jelsone-Swain, L., Persad, C., Votruba, K.L., Weisenbach, S.L., Johnson, T.D., Gruis, K.L., Welsh, R.C. (2012). The relationship between depressive and physical symptoms with cognition in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Frontiers in Psychology (Special topics: Psychological Issues in ALS), 3:542.

Chapman, M.C., Jelsone-Swain, L., Fling, B.W., Johnson, T.D., Gruis, K., Welsh, R.C. (2012). Corpus callosum area in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, 13, 589-591.

Jelsone-Swain, L.M., Smith, D.V., Baylis, G.C. (2012). The effect of stimulus duration and motor response in hemispatial neglect during a visual search task. PLoS One, 7, e37369.

Turner, M.R., Grosskreutz, J., Kassubeck, J., Abrahams, S., Agosta, F., Benetar, M., ... Mohammadi, B. (2011). Towards a neuroimaging biomarker in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Lancet Neurology, 10, 400-403.

Jelsone-Swain, L.M., Fling, B.W., Seidler, R.D., Hovatter, R., Gruis, K., Welsh, R.C. (2010). Reduced interhemispheric connectivity in the motor cortex during rest in limb-onset amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience, 4:158.

Rorden, C., Jelsone, L., Simon-Dack, S., Baylis, L.L., Baylis, G.C. (2009). Visual extinction: the effect of temporal and spatial bias. Neuropsychologia47, 321-329.

Fitzgerald, F.A., Angstadt, M., Jelsone, L.M., Nathan, P.J., Phan, K.L. (2006). Beyond threat: Amygdala reactivity across multiple expressions of facial affect. Neuroimage, 30, 1441-1448.

Baylis, G.C., Simon-Dack, S.L, Green, K., Jelsone, L, Rorden, C. (2004). The effect of ipsilateral cues on line-bisection errors: The importance of predictive value. Neuropsychologia, 42, 175-182.