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Indiana University Bloomington

Sharlene Newman

Dr. Sharlene Newman


Director of Imaging Research Facility


sdnewman [at]

office: PY 362 | (812)856-0839

lab: Cognitive NeuroImaging Lab
   PY 289 | (812)856-1776


fMRI of language processes, problem-solving and planning

Educational Background

1993 - B.E. Electrical Engineering, Vanderbilt University
1996 - M.S. Biomedical Engineering, University of Alabama at Birmingham
1999 - Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering, University of Alabama at Birmingham
1999-2004 - Psychology, Postdoctoral Fellow, Carnegie Mellon University

Areas of Study

  • Biology, Behavior, and Neuroscience
  • Cognitive Science

Research Topics

  • fMRI of language processes, problem-solving and planning.

Representative Publications

Kim, D-J, Skosnik, P.D., Cheng, H., Pruce, B.J., Braumbaugh, M.S., Vollmer, J.M., Hetrick, W.P., O'Donnell, B.F., Sporns, O., Puce, A., Newman, S.D. (2012). Structural network topology revealed by white matter tractography in cannabis users: a graph theoretical analysis. Brain Connectivity, 1(6): 473-483.

Newman, S.D. (2012). The homophone effect during visual word recognition in children: an fMRI study. Psychological Research.

Newman, S.D., Willoughby, G., Pruce, B. (2011). The effect of problem structure on problem-solving: An fMRI study of word versus number problems. Brain Research, 1410: 77-88.

Newman, S.D., Pruce, B., Rusia, A., & Burns, T. (2010). The effect of strategy on problem solving: an fMRI study. Journal of Problem Solving, 3.

Newman, S.D., Ikuta, T., Burns, T. (2010). The effect of the semantic relatedness on syntactic analysis: an fMRI study. Brain and Language, 113:51-58.

Lee, D., Newman, S.D. (2010). The effect of presentation paradigm on syntactic processing: An event-related fMRI study. Human Brain Mapping, 31:65-79.

Newman, S.D., Greco, J.A., Lee, D. (2009). An fMRI study of the Tower of London: A look at problem structure differences. Brain Research, 1286:123-132.

Newman, S.D., Ratliff, K., Muratore, T., Burns, T. (2009). The effect of lexical priming on sentence comprehension: An fMRI study. Brain Research, 1285: 99-108.

Newman, S.D., Lee, D., Ratliff, K. (2009). How much does the comprehension probe interact with on-line syntactic processing? Human Brain Mapping, 30: 2499-2511.