About Me


I am a postdoctoral scholar researching brain development in the Department of Psychiatry at Washington University in St. Louis. I received my Ph.D. in Neuroscience from M.I.T. and served as the editor of the scholarly journal Trends in Cognitive Sciences for three years. I have also written a book introducing a general audience to brain maps and organization. The North American edition is called Brainscapes: The Warped, Wondrous Maps Written in Your Brain – And How They Guide You. The UK edition is called Brainscapes: An Atlas of Your Life on Earth. A Chinese language edition and audio book are forthcoming.

I am a mother of two and a lover of cheese, tea, and books. I like to think about science and the universe on scales large and small, but most of all I like to think about thinking.

Selected posts and publications:

Schwarzlose, RF (2017) Cognition in the Modern Era. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 21: 57-58.

Ingredients for a persuasive review proposal, CrossTalk, April 25, 2017.

How to write a review article that people will read, CrossTalk, December 14, 2016.

Ofen N, Whitfield Gabrieli S, Chai XJ, Schwarzlose RF, Gabrieli JD (2016) Neural correlates of deception: lying about past events and personal beliefs. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience DOI: 10.1093/scan/nsw151

Matsuzaki, N, Schwarzlose, RF, Nishida, M, Ofen, N, Osano, E (2015) Upright face-preferential high-gamma responses in lower-order visual areas: Evidence from intracranial recordings in children. NeuroImage, 109:249-259.

Honesty’s daily decline, Scientific American Mind Matters, February 25, 2014.

The benefits of talking about thoughts with tots. Scientific American Mind Matters, January 28, 2014.

Armchair genetics from Jamestown to Scott Brown. DoubleXScience.org, June 28, 2013.

Schwarzlose, R.F., Swisher, J.D., Dang, S., Kanwisher, N. (2008). The distribution of category and location information across object-selective regions of visual cortex. PNAS105(11): 4447-4452

Schwarzlose, R., Baker, C., Kanwisher, N. (2005) Separate face and body selectivity on the fusiform gyrusThe Journal of Neuroscience.25 (47) 11055-11059


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