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The Cognitive Neuroimaging Lab

The Cognitive Neuroimaging Laboratory was founded in 2001 when Julian Paul Keenan arrived at Montclair State University from Harvard Medical School.

Our goal is to determine how and why the self evolved in the human brain.

The Latest


New Books

Self-Face Recognition and the Brain: How the Neuroscience of Mirror Recognition Has Changed Psychology, Psychiatry, and Evolution (2023). Edited By Julian Paul Keenan, Karina Quevedo, William D. Hopkins Click Here

When Animals Die: Examining Justifications and Envisioning Justice. (2024). Edited by Katja Guenther and Julian Paul Keenan. Click Here


-Elias, S., Spivak, S., Alvarez, A., Ferrol, M., Olivares, A., & Keenan, J. P. (In Press=Due put 2023). Self-perception and self-recognition while looking in the mirror on psilocybin. Psychedelic Medicine. 

-Keenan, J. P., Munakata, M., O’Meara, J., Vaidya, A., & Wambacq, I. (In Press). On the Impact of the Self in a Complex Knowledge Network, Journal of Complexity in Education.      

-Zorns, S.,  Pardillo, M., Siertzputowski, C.,  Keenan, J. P. (In Press). Oh It's Me Again: Deja Vu, the Brain, and Self-Awareness. Brain and Behavioral Science.

-Yasin, S., Fierst, A., Keenan, H., Knapp, A., Gallione, K., Westlund, T., Kirschner, S., Vaidya, S., Qiu, C., Rougebec, A., Morss, E., Lebiedzinski, J., Dejean, M., & Keenan, J. P. (2022). Self-Enhancement and the Medial Prefrontal Cortex: The Convergence of Clinical and Experimental Findings. Brain sciences, 12(8), 1103.

-Shelanskey, T.,  Chavarria, K., Pagano, K., Sierra, S., Martinez, V., Ahmad, N., Brenya, J., Janowska, A., Zorns, S., Straus, A., Mistretta, V., Balugas. B., Pardillo, M., & Keenan, J. P. (2022). Employing Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation in a Resources Limited Environement to Establish Brain Behavior Relations. Journal of Visualized Experiments.         

-LaVarco A, Ahmad N, Archer Q, Pardillo M, Nunez Castaneda R, Minervini A, Keenan JP. (2022). Self-Conscious Emotions and the Right Fronto-Temporal and Right Temporal Parietal Junction. Brain Sciences, 12(2):138.


-Ahmad, N.; Zorns, S.; Chavarria, K.; Brenya, J.; Janowska, A.; Keenan, J.P. Are We Right about the Right TPJ? A Review of Brain Stimulation and Social Cognition in the Right Temporal Parietal Junction. Symmetry (2021), 13, 2219.


-Janowska A, Balugas B, Pardillo M, Mistretta V, Chavarria K, Brenya J, Shelansky T, Martinez V, Pagano K, Ahmad N, Zorns S, Straus A, Sierra S, Keenan J.P. (2021). The Neurological Asymmetry of Self-Face Recognition. Symmetry. 13(7):1135.

-Murray E, Brenya J, Chavarria K, Kelly KJ, Fierst A, Ahmad N, Anton C, Shaffer L, Kapila K, Driever L, Weaver K, Dial C, Crawford M, Hartman I, Infantino T, Butler F, Straus A, Walker SL, Balugas B, Pardillo M, Goncalves B, Keenan JP.  (2021). Corticospinal Excitability during a Perspective Taking Task as Measured by TMS-Induced Motor Evoked Potentials. Brain Sciences, 11(4):513. 

-Stevens, S., Brenya, J., Chavarria, K. & Keenan, J. P. (2021). There is no 'I'' in team:. Altuism as a Predictor of Team Success in the National Hockey Leasgue. (2021). Bulletin of the New Jersey Academy of Science, 61, 1.

-Kramer, R., Duran, K., Soder, H., Applegate, L., Youssef, A., Criscione, M., & Keenan, J. (2020). The Special Brain: Subclinical Grandiose Narcissism and Self-Face Recognition in the Right Prefrontal Cortex. The American Journal of Psychology, 133(4), 487-500.

-Taylor-Lillquist, B., Kanpa, V., Crawford, M., El Filali, M., Oakes, J., Disney, A., & Keenan, J. P. (2020). Preliminary Evidence of the Role of Medial Prefrontal Cortex in Self-Enhancement: A Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Study. Brain Sciences.

-Duran, K., O'Halloran, H., Soder, H., Yasin, S., Kramer, R., Rosen, S., Brenya, J., Chavarria, K., Savitska, L., & Keenan, J. P. (2020). The Medial Prefrontal Cortex: A potential link between self-deception and affect. International Journal of Neuroscience.

-Decker, A., D'Elia, B., Kuhl, A., Rosen, S., Disney, A., Dial, C., Linietsky, M., Taylor-Lilquist, J., Taylor-Lilquist, B., Kim, E., & Keenan, J. P. (2020). Acoustic Stimulus Influences Ovipositioning in Drosophila melanogaster. Bulletin of Insectology, 73, 103-109.




-Ragin, D., & Keenan, J. P. (Eds.). (2020). Handbook of Research Methods in Health Psychology. New York, NY: Taylor and Francis.


The ERIN Project

We are pleased to announce the ERIN project has launched with research initiatives for historically repressed minorities AND research aimed at directly ending racism in neuroscience. 

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