Dr. Jeremy Purcell is a Faculty Research Scientist at the Maryland Neuroimaging Center and is an affiliate of the Psychology, Human Development and Quantitative Methodology, and Kinesiology Departments of the University of Maryland at College Park. He received his Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Georgetown University (2012). He completed his postdoctoral training at Johns Hopkins University, where he was also an Associate Research Scientist (2016-2018).

Areas of Interest

  • cognitive neuroscience
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  • Ph.D.

Dr. Purcell is an internationally recognized cognitive neuroscientist with dozens of publications. He has worked to develop novel statistical approaches for indexing and tracking the integrity of functional systems in the brain using functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI). He has two current research tracks.

One track is to understand how the brain encodes and retrieves long-term memories, particularly within the context of written language, i.e., reading and spelling. He has worked to develop a novel computational approach to index experience dependent features of written word representations.

The other track is to better understand indicators of cognitive and neurofunctional health across the lifespan. He has specifically worked to examine how the functional integrity of local neural systems improves with exercise in older age.  

Dr. Purcell also has a keen interest in cognitive neuroscience mentorship including undergraduates and graduate students. He is also interested in interactive pedagogy. He has worked to develop innovative pedagogy materials that are used in introduction and advanced neuroscience courses. He is also involved in a unique experience teaching cognitive neuroscience to Tibetan Monastics.

Dr. Purcell welcomes researchers and potential mentees to reach out to him to discuss future mentorship and collaborative efforts.

Research Methods
Local heterogeneity
Cognitive behavioral experiments
Lesion based analyses
Research Interests
Long-term memory
Jeremy Purcell
jpurcel8 [at] umd.edu