"All I know is that if Blacks and Women and Muslims and Jews and Atheists and Lesbians and Gays and the poor were always given a fair chance in science, we'd have cancer cured, Mars colonized, and be talking to animals."

-Julian Keenan, who was named after the great black civil rights leader, Julian Bond

The Cognitive 

Neuroimaging Lab

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Julian Paul Keenan, PhD

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.

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The Latest



-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.


-Kramer, R., Jordan, K., Soder, H., Applegate, L., Youssef, A., Criscione, M., & Keenan, J. P. (In Press). The Special Brain: Subclinical Grandiose Narcissism  and Self-Face Recognition in the Right Prefrontal Cortex. American Journal of Psychology.

-Stevens, S. & Keenan, J. P. (In Press). There’s No “I” in Team: Altruism as a Predictor of Team Success in the National Hockey League. The Bulletin. 

-The Handbook of Research in Health Psychology (eds. Ragin & Keenan) Routledge, Due out end 2020.

Criscione, M. & Keenan, J. P. (2019). Our brains make us out to be unique in ways we are not. Animal Sentience 23(38).


-How did we get to be such liars? See the RESEARCH link and find out. From the Oxford Handbook of Lying Chapter.


Sydney Rosen (HS)-       Cornell, Vassar, Wesleyan (UGrad)

Matthew Criscione-         LSU-Veterinarian School (DVM)

Geoffrey McLatchy-        Rocky Vista Medical School (DO)

Saeed Yasin-                   New York Dual Medical/PhD

Nicole Latini-                  Royal Veterinarian College (DVM)

Olivia Tarrio-                   BioMedical Sciences, Rutgers (MS)

Janet Brenya takes over as Lab Manager. Joining the lab are Lillia Savitska, Katherine Chavarria, and Sam Zorns. See Lab Members

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.


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 Brianna D'Elia  exemplified excellence. She is now in dental school, as is Amanda Disney. 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. 

The Cognitive Neuroimaging Laboratory

julian paul keenan, phd 

207 Science Hall

Montclair State University

Montclair, NJ 07043

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