Eve De Rosa, Ph.D

Associate Professor

e. edd56@cornell.edu
p. 607 255 7392

I grew up in Bermuda and ultimately HAD to leave for University. Thankfully, my family still lives there. I attended Vassar College for my undergraduate studies and Harvard University for my graduate studies. I was trained in animal neuroscience at Harvard and then received training in human neuroscience as a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University School of Medicine. I enjoyed bringing both of these approaches together in my lab at the University of Toronto, and hope to continue doing so here at Cornel University!

Comparative Cognitive Neuroscience

Research Description


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Thus far, the field of cognitive neuroscience has primarily focused on the neuroanatomy of attention and learning. Here we also consider the neurochemistry of these cognitive processes. Specifically, we examine the contributions of the cholinergic basal forebrain, the major source of the neurochemical acetylcholine to the hippocampus and cerebral cortex, to normal cognition. In rats, we employ pharmacological and cholinergic immunotoxic lesioning techniques. And in humans, we employ behavioural and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) techniques in populations associated with cholinergic deficiency.

Selected Publications


Schmitz, T.W., Dixon M.L.,Anderson, A.K. & De Rosa, E. (2014). Distinguishing attentional gain and tuning in young and older adults. Neurobiology of Aging, 35(11):1-12. [view pdf]


Ljubojevic, V., Luu, P. & De Rosa, E. (2014). Cholinergic contributions to supramodal attentional processes in rats. The Journal of Neuroscience, 34(6):2264-75. [view pdf]


Botly, L.C.P. & De Rosa, E. (2012). Impaired visual search in rats reveals cholinergic contributions to feature binding in visuospatial attention. Cerebral Cortex, 22(10): 2441-53. [view pdf]


Schmitz, T.W., Cheng, F.H.T., & De Rosa, E. (2010). Failing to ignore: paradoxical neural effects of perceptual load on early attentional selection in normal aging. Journal of Neuroscience, 30(44):14750-14758. [view pdf]