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Education & Training

Computational Neuropsychology, Post-doctoral Research Fellow
Laboratory for Brain Network Imaging and Modulation
Harvard Medical School, Department of Neurology
June 2017 – 

Cognitive Neuroscience, Post-doctoral Research Fellow
Laboratory of Brain and Cognition
Cornell University, Department of Human Development
August 2015 – May 2017

Bioengineering, Doctor of Philosophy
Brain Network Laboratory
University of Utah, Department of Bioengineering
Defended: July 2015

Biochemistry, Bachelor of Science
Brigham Young University, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Completed: April 2005

Honors & Awards

TEDxSalt Lake City Speaker & Fellow
Talk title: This Is Your Brain On God
Topic: The neuroscience and psychology of religious experience
September 2016

Summer Seminars in Neuroscience and Philosophy (SSNAP) Fellow
Duke University, Durham, NC
Summer 2016

TechTITANS Humanitarian Entrepreneurship Award
University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
August 2010

Teaching

Spring 2017 – Course Instructor, HD 3650 Development of Human Sexuality
Undergraduate course
Cornell University, Department of Human Development, Ithaca, NY

Fall 2016 – Course Instructor, HD 3840 Gender & Sexual Minorities
Undergraduate course
Cornell University, Department of Human Development, Ithaca, NY

Spring 2013 – Course Co-Instructor, functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Graduate course
University of Utah, Department of Bioengineering, Salt Lake City, UT

Research Grants

Beyond the Essential Moral Self
Examining self-representational thought via behavioral and fMRI testing
Subaward from the John Templeton Foundation
July 2016 – present

Research Publications

Merrill SM, Ferguson MA. Falling in love with God: Neurodiversity in attachment and religious identity. Philosophy, Theology, and the Sciences. Invited submission. 2017. In Preparation.

Ferguson MA, Lueke NA, Lueke A, Bushman BB. Development and validation of the Single-Item Hell Scale (SIHS). In Preparation.

Ferguson MA, Sherali S, Spreng RN. The structure of general intelligence in humans: a network neuroscience perspective. In Preparation.

Ferguson MA, Anderson JS, Spreng RN. Fluid and flexible minds: Intelligence reflects synchrony in the brain’s intrinsic network architecture. Network Neuroscience. 2017. Just accepted.

Ferguson MA, Nielsen JS, King J, Dai L, Giangrasso D, Holman RH, Korenberg JR, Anderson JS. Reward, Salience, and Attentional Networks are Activated by Religious Experience in Devout Mormons. Social Neuroscience. 2016 Nov 27:1-13.

Anderson JS, Treiman SM, Ferguson MA, Nielsen JA, Edgin JO, Dai L, Gergi G, Korenberg JR. Violence: heightened brain attentional network response is selectively muted in Down syndrome. Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders. 2015;7(1):15.

Ferguson MA, Nielsen JA, Anderson JS. Altered resting functional connectivity after speed reading training. Journal of Clinical Experimental Neuropsychology. 2014;36(5):482-93.

Anderson JS, Zielinski BA, Nielsen JA, Ferguson MA. Complexity of low-frequency blood oxygen level-dependent fluctuations covaries with local connectivity. Hum Brain Mapping. 2014 Apr;35(4):1273-83.

Webb JT, Ferguson MA, Nielsen JA, Anderson JS. BOLD Granger causality reflects vascular anatomy. PLoS One. 2013 Dec 13;8(12):e84279.

Anderson JS, Nielsen JA, Ferguson MA, Burback MC, Cox ET, Dai L, Gerig G, Edgin JO, Korenberg JR. Abnormal brain synchrony in Down Syndrome. Neuroimage: Clinical. 2013 May 24;2:703-15.

Nielsen JA, Zielinski BA, Ferguson MA, Lainhart JE, Anderson JS. An evaluation of the left-brain vs. right-brain hypothesis with resting state functional connectivity magnetic resonance imaging. PLoS One. 2013 Aug 14;8(8):e71275.

Ferguson MA, Anderson JS. Dynamical stability of intrinsic connectivity networks. Neuroimage. 2012 Feb 15;59(4):4022-31.

Anderson JS, Ferguson MA, Lopez-Larson M, Yurgelun-Todd D. Connectivity gradients between the default mode and attention control networks. Brain Connectivity. 2011;1(2):147-57.

Anderson JS, Dhatt HS, Ferguson MA, Lopez-Larson M, Schrock LE, House PA, Yurgelun-Todd D. Functional connectivity targeting for deep brain stimulation in essential tremor. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2011 Nov-Dec;32(10):1963-8.

Lopez-Larson MP, Anderson JS, Ferguson MA, Yurgelun-Todd D. Local brain connectivity and associations with gender and age. Dev Cogn Neurosci. 2011 Apr;1(2):187-97.

Anderson JS, Ferguson MA, Lopez-Larson M, Yurgelun-Todd D. Reproducibility of single-subject functional connectivity measurements. American Journal of Neuroradiology. 2011 Mar;32(3):548-55.

Anderson JS, Ferguson MA, Lopez-Larson M, Yurgelun-Todd D. Topographic maps of multisensory attention. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 2010 Nov 16;107(46):20110-4.

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