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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. 

The Cognitive 

Neuroimaging Lab

Julian Paul Keenan, PhD
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The Cognitive Neuroimaging Laboratory was founded in 2001 when Julian Paul Keenan arrived at Montclair State University from Harvard Medical School. The goal has and will always be to determine how and why the self evolved in the human brain.

 20th Year Anniversary 
Come Celebrate 20 years of Science


The Latest



-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.

Located in Montclair, New Jersey, in the Department of Biology at Montclair State University, the Cognitive Neuroimaging Lab searches for the truth with the best students and collaborators, all of whom continue to teach and pass on what they know. As we have furthered the field of knowledge, it is our obligation to pass such knowledge on.

Matthew C

We have over 100 former lab students now. Here are a few from the last class. Shakera Walker , now getting her PhD at University of Maryland in Neuroscience is co-authoring a stats book that is meant to be student friendly. Former Lab Manager Dr. Brianna D'Elia, DDS exemplified excellence

We've published on music, on fruit flies, on musical fruit flies, hockey, callosotomy patients, and even legos. At the end of the day, we hope we advanced science and helped students discover their inner Jane Goodall. 

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