Lindsay S. Shaffer

Lindsay S. Shaffer

Lindsay S. Shaffer

Graduate Teaching Assistant

decision-making, prefrontal cortex

My name is Lindsay Shaffer and I'm a 5th year PhD student in the CBN program. My advisor is Dr. Jim Thompson. I am also a NSF NRT Fellow through the Center for Adaptive Systems of Brain-Body Interactions (CASBBI).

My research primarily focuses on investigating the neural bases of decision-making in humans. My work strongly focuses on the anatomical and functional connectivity of the prefrontal cortex. I incorporate techniques such as reinforcement learning tasks, fMRI, EEG, and computational modeling.

I'm also strongly interested in efforts improving patient outcomes and precision medicine initiatives. As a part of my NSF NRT Fellowship, I'm currently collaborating with members of the S.T.A.R. Lab, the Biomedical Imaging Lab, the Michael J. Fox Foundation, and the INOVA Parkinson's and Movement Disorders Clinic to develop a novel application that can remotely measure symptoms in people with Parkinson's disease (PwPs) and easily disseminated to the PwP's care team.

Selected Publications

Shaffer LS, Crowder HM, Duong LT, McDonald CA, Thompson JC. The reward positivity does not encode current reward value. [in preparation]

Thompson JC, Indelele E, Shaffer LS. Identity-specific devaluation of social outcomes. [under review]

Expanded Publication List

Click here to access my Google Scholar page.

Grants and Fellowships

CASBBI National Science Foundation (NSF) NRT Fellowship (2020-2022; Sponsor: NSF)

Courses Taught

PSYC 372 - Biopsychology

PSYC 373 - Biopsychology Lab


B.A., Psychology - University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC)