Tom Hummer, Ph.D.

Tom A. Hummer, Ph.D.
Assistant Research Professor

Personal Statement  I am interested in applying neuroimaging techniques to examine causes, treatments and predictors of clinical disorders and psychological abnormalities. This research entails multiple levels of neuroimaging experimentation to examine the influence of biological and environmental cues on the brain. I also investigate the relationship of individual neuropsychological and hormonal characteristics to brain structure, activity and connectivity. My current research involves effects of violent media exposure, as well as ADHD, disruptive behavior disorders and mood disorders.

Education  Undergraduate: Ohio State University

Graduate Shool: University of Chicago
Current Academic Interests 

Teaching: I am involved in teaching psychology interns, including the application of neuroimaging to clinical research.

Research: I am currently investigating how media violence, including play of violent video games, may influence neuropsychological functioning and brain activity.  In addition, I am examining executive function capabilities in children with disruptive behavior disorders and/or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and the neural abnormalities associated with current and future behaviors in these youth.

Recent Publications

Kalnin AJ, Edwards CR, Wang Y, Kronenberger WG, Hummer TA, Mosier KM, Dunn DW, & Mathews VP. (2011). The interacting role of media violence exposure and aggressive-disruptive behavior in adolescent brain activation during an emotional Stroop task. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging. In Press.

Hummer TA, Kronenberger WG, Wang Y, Dunn DW, Mosier KM, Kalnin AJ, & Mathews VP. (2010). Executive functioning characteristics associated with ADHD comorbidity in adolescents with disruptive behavior disorders. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology. In Press.

Hummer TA, Wang Y, Kronenberger WG, Mosier KM, Kalnin AJ, Dunn DW, & Mathews VP. (2010). Short-term violent video game play by adolescents alters prefrontal activity during cognitive inhibition. Media Psychology 13, 136-154.

Tom Hummer, Ph.D.

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