About Me


I am a scientist and writer living near Saint Louis.

I received my PhD in neuroscience from MIT and conducted postdoctoral research at UCLA and WSU. I served as the sole editor of Trends in Cognitive Sciences for three years before stepping down in May to write a trade neuroscience book, due September 2018.

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.

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.

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

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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