About Me


I am an editor, scientist, and writer living in Massachusetts.

I received my PhD in neuroscience from MIT and conducted postdoctoral research at UCLA and WSU. I am currently the editor of Trends in Cognitive Sciences. When I am not putting together an issue, I am chasing after my two young daughters.

The research:

My doctoral research with Nancy Kanwisher investigated face and scene processing in visual cortex. My postdoctoral studies in the lab of Tyrone Cannon focused on mental illness and genetics. My postdoctoral work in the lab of Noa Often investigated memory in healthy adults and children.

The editing:

Since 2014 I have served as the sole editor of Trends in Cognitive Sciences, the leading reviews journal in the fields of psychology and cognitive science. In that role, I make all commissioning and editorial decisions for the journal and work to ensure that TiCS articles are clear, accessible, and concise.

The rest:

I am an incurable nerd and a lover of cheese, books, and NPR. I love to think about science and the universe on scales large and small.

To contact me, email becca -at- gardenofthemind.com, visit me on Twitter @gothemind, or leave comments on the blog.

Posts and publications:

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

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

Chater, N and Schwarzlose, RF (2016) Thinking About Thinking: 28 Years On. Trends in Cognitive Sciences 20: 787.

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.

Schwarzlose, RF (2014) Transformation, communication, and engagement. Trends in Cognitive Sciences 18: 555.

Perception, theory, and the mistaken mind (2014) Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, DOI: 10.3389/fnhum.2014.00543

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.

Peep, a short story published in The Coachella Review in 2011.

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. (2008). Principles governing the large-scale organization of object selectivity in ventral visual cortex. Ph.D. thesis. Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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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