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Colin Humphries

Assistant Professor of Neurology
Director of MEG Research
Lab Web Page

Specialty: Adult Neurology


  • Neuroimaging

  • Cognitive Science

  • Computational Neuroscience

  • Magnetoencephalography (MEG)

  • Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (FMRI)


  • PhD, Psychology, University of California, Irvine, 2003

  • BS, Biology, California Institute of Technology, 1996


  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Medical College of Wisconsin, Department of Neurology, 2003-2010

Professional Memberships:

  • Society for Neuroscience

  • Society for Neurobiology of Language


Brief Clinical/Research Interest Statement:

Research in my lab is focused on understanding the neurobiological basis of language and auditory processing. We use a variety of methods to investigate these systems including behavioral testing and measurements of neural activity using magnetoencephalography (MEG), electroencephalography (EEG), and Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (FMRI).



  1. Sabri, M., Humphries, C., Verber, M., Binder, J.R., Mangalathu, J., Desai, A., Liebenthal, E. (2013). Perceptual demand modulates activation of human auditory cortex in response to task-irrelevant sounds. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 25(9), 1553-62.

  2. Mano, Q.R., Humphries, C., Desai, R., Seidenberg, M., Osmon, D.C., Stengel, B., Binder, J.R. (2013). The role of occipitotemporal cortex in reading: Reconciling stimulus, task, and lexicality effects. Cerebral Cortex, 23(4), 988-1001.

  3. Sabri, M., Humphries, C., Binder, J.R., Liebenthal, E. (2013). Neural events leading to and associated with detection of sounds under high processing load. Human Brain Mapping, 34(3), 587-97.

  4. Humphries, C., Liebenthal, E., Binder, J.R. (2010). Tonotopic organization of human auditory cortex. NeuroImage, 50(3), 1202-11.

  5. Graves, W.W., Desai, R., Humphries, C., Seidenberg, M.S., Binder J.R. (2010). Neural systems for reading aloud: A multiparametric approach. Cerebral Cortex, 20(8), 1799-1815.

  6. Humphries, C., Binder, J.R., Medler, D.A., Liebenthal, E. (2007). Time course of semantic processes during sentence comprehension: an fMRI study. Neuroimage, 36, 924-32.

  7. Humphries, C., Binder, J.R., Medler, D.A., Liebenthal, E. (2006). Syntactic and semantic modulation of neural activity during auditory sentence comprehension. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 18 (4), 665-79.

  8. Humphries, C., Love, T., Swinney, D., Hickok G. (2005). Response of anterior temporal cortex to prosodic and syntactic manipulations during sentence processing. Human Brain Mapping, 26 (2), 128-38.

  9. Okada K., Smith K. R., Humphries C., Hickok G. (2003). Word length modulates neural activity in auditory cortex during covert object naming. Neuroreport, 14(18), 2323-6.

  10. Hickok, G., Buchsbaum, B., Humphries, C., Muftuler, T. (2003). Auditory-motor interaction revealed by fMRI: speech, music, and working memory in area SPT. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 15(5), 673-82.

  11. Humphries, C., Willard, K., Buchsbaum, B., Hickok, G. (2001). Role of anterior temporal cortex in auditory sentence comprehension: an fMRI study. Neuroreport, 12(8) , 1749-52.

  12. Buchsbaum, B., Hickok, G., Humphries, C. (2001). Role of left posterior superior temporal gyrus in phonological processing for speech perception and production. Cognitive Science, 25, 663-78.

  13. Jung, T.-P., Makeig, S., Humphries, C., Lee, T.-W., McKeown, M.J., Iragui, V., Sejnowski, T.J. (2000). Removing electroencephalographic artifacts by blind source separation. Psychophysiology, 37(2), 163-78.

  14. McKeown, M.J., Humphries, C., Iragui, V., Sejnowski, T.J. (1999). Spatially fixed patterns account for the spike and wave features in absence seizures. Brain Topography, 12 (2), 107-16.

  15. Jung, T.-P., Humphries, C., Lee, T.-W., Makeig, S., McKeown, M.J., Iragui, V., Sejnowski, T.J. (1998). Removing electroencephalographic artifacts: comparison between ICA and PCA. Neural Networks for Signal Processing, Vol.VIII

  16. McKeown, M.J., Humphries, C., Achermann, P., Borbely, A.A., Sejnowski, T.J. (1998). A new method for detecting state changes in the EEG: exploratory application to sleep data. Journal of Sleep Research, 7 Suppl 1, 48-56.

  17. Jung, T.-P., Humphries, C., Lee, T.-W., Makeig, S., McKeown, M.J., Iragui, V., Sejnowski, T.J. (1997). Extended ICA removes artifacts from electroencephalographic recording. Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems, 10.
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