Lawrence Gregory Appelbaum, PhD


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Assistant Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Assistant Research Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience
Department / Division:
Psychiatry / Brain Stimulation and Neurophysiology
Duke Hospital South
5th Floor, Red Zone, Room 54231
Durham, NC 27710
Office Telephone:
(919) 613-7664
  • PhD, University of California at Irvine, 2004
Research Interests:

Greg Appelbaum is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the Duke University School of Medicine. He is a member of the Brain Stimulation Division of Psychiatry, where he directs the Perception Performance and Psychophysiology Lab (P3 Lab) and co-directs the NonInvasive Neuromodulatory Neuroscience Lab (N3 Lab).  As a member of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences he teaches and advises in the Neuroscience major and is an affiliate of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience.

Dr. Appelbaum's research interests primarily concern the brain mechanisms underlying visual cognition, how these capabilities differ among individuals, and how they can be improved through behavioral, neurofeedback, and neuromodulation interventions. Within the field of cognitive neuroscience, his research has addressed visual perception, sensorimotor function, executive function, decision-making, and learning/expertise. In this research, he has utilized a combination of behavioral psychophysics coupled with the neuroscience techniques of electroencephalography (EEG), transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), and functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS). 

Representative Publications:
  • Appelbaum, LG; Smith, DV; Boehler, CN; Chen, WD; Woldorff, MG. Rapid modulation of sensory processing induced by stimulus conflict. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. 2011;23:2620-2628.  Abstract
  • Boehler, CN; Appelbaum, LG; Krebs, RM; Chen, LC; Woldorff, MG. The role of stimulus salience and attentional capture across the neural hierarchy in a stop-signal task. PloS one. 2011;6:e26386.  Abstract
  • Appelbaum, LG; Ales, JM; Cottereau, B; Norcia, AM. Configural specificity of the lateral occipital cortex. Neuropsychologia. 2010;48:3323-3328.  Abstract
  • Boehler, CN; Appelbaum, LG; Krebs, RM; Hopf, JM; Woldorff, MG. Pinning down response inhibition in the brain--conjunction analyses of the Stop-signal task. NeuroImage. 2010;52:1621-1632.  Abstract
  • Appelbaum, LG; Meyerhoff, KL; Woldorff, MG. Priming and backward influences in the human brain: processing interactions during the stroop interference effect. Cerebral Cortex. 2009;19:2508-2521.  Abstract
  • Appelbaum, LG; Norcia, AM. Attentive and pre-attentive aspects of figural processing. Journal of vision. 2009;9:18.1-1812.  Abstract
  • Appelbaum, LG; Wade, AR; Pettet, MW; Vildavski, VY; Norcia, AM. Figure-ground interaction in the human visual cortex. Journal of vision. 2008;8:8.1-819.  Abstract
  • Appelbaum, LG; Lu, ZL; Sperling, G. Contrast amplification in global texture orientation discrimination. Journal of vision. 2007;7:13.1-1319.  Abstract
  • Appelbaum, LG; Wade, AR; Vildavski, VY; Pettet, MW; Norcia, AM. Cue-invariant networks for figure and background processing in human visual cortex. The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience. 2006;26:11695-11708.  Abstract