Robert Blumenfeld, Ph.D.




Assistant Adjunct Professor

Robert Blumenfeld is a faculty member in the Brain Circuits Lab. He received a B.A. with honors from Brandeis University. He did his graduate work at UC Davis with Charan Ranganath and Andy Yonelinas and was awarded his Ph.D. in 2008. He then joined the laboratory of Mark D’Esposito at UC Berkeley for his post-doctoral fellowship.

His research examines the structural and functional organization of the prefrontal cortex using a set of use convergent neuroscientific techniques including fMRI, behavioral studies, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and quantitative graph-theoretical analyses. Findings from his research suggest that dorsolateral and ventrolateral prefrontal cortical subregions support distinct cognitive control and long-term memory encoding operations. Some of his recent work provides evidence that dorsolateral, ventrolateral and dorsomedial frontal areas are functionally connected along parallel rostro-caudal gradients. In addition to his empirical work, his colleagues and he have developed a set of python-based software tools (CoCoTools) for building and analyzing large-scale connectivity datasets from the corpus of extant anatomical studies in the macaque non-human primate compiled in the CoCoMac database.

In the Brain Circuits Lab, Rob is applying his expertise in cognitive control and prefrontal cortical function to help better understand high-level language processing. In addition to his own research, he helps to mentor students and post-docs as well as guide and develop new analytic tools for the lab.

Blumenfeld, R. S., Lee, T. G., & D’Esposito, M. (2014). The effects of lateral prefrontal transcranial magnetic stimulation on item memory encoding. Neuropsychologia, 53, 197–202. doi:10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2013.11.021

Bahlmann, J., Blumenfeld, R. S., & D’Esposito, M. (2014). The Rostro-Caudal Axis of Frontal Cortex Is Sensitive to the Domain of Stimulus Information. Cerebral Cortex (New York, N.Y.: 1991). doi:10.1093/cercor/bht419

Blumenfeld, R. S., Bliss, D. P., Perez, F., & D’Esposito, M. (2013). CoCoTools: Open-source Software for Building Connectomes Using the CoCoMac Anatomical Database. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 26(4), 722–745. doi:10.1162/jocn_a_00498

Lee, T. G., Blumenfeld, R. S., & D’Esposito, M. (2013). Disruption of dorsolateral but not ventrolateral prefrontal cortex improves unconscious perceptual memories. The Journal of Neuroscience: The Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience, 33(32), 13233–13237. doi:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.5652-12.2013

Blumenfeld, R. S., Nomura, E. M., Gratton, C., & D’Esposito, M. (2012). Lateral Prefrontal Cortex is Organized into Parallel Dorsal and Ventral Streams Along the Rostro-Caudal Axis. Cerebral Cortex (New York, N.Y.: 1991). doi:10.1093/cercor/bhs223
Blumenfeld, R. S., Parks, C. M., Yonelinas, A. P., & Ranganath, C. (2011). Putting the pieces together: the role of dorsolateral prefrontal cortex in relational memory encoding. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 23(1), 257–265. doi:10.1162/jocn.2010.21459

Ragland, J. D., Laird, A. R., Ranganath, C., Blumenfeld, R. S., Gonzales, S. M., & Glahn, D. C. (2009). Prefrontal activation deficits during episodic memory in schizophrenia. The American Journal of Psychiatry, 166(8), 863–874. doi:10.1176/appi.ajp.2009.08091307

Cohen, M. X., Lombardo, M. V., & Blumenfeld, R. S. (2008). Covariance-based subdivision of the human striatum using T1-weighted MRI. The European Journal of Neuroscience, 27(6), 1534–1546. doi:10.1111/j.1460-9568.2008.06117.x
Blumenfeld, R. S., & Ranganath, C. (2007). Prefrontal cortex and long-term memory encoding: an integrative review of findings from neuropsychology and neuroimaging. The Neuroscientist, 13(3), 280–91.

Ranganath, C., & Blumenfeld, R. S. (2007). Prefrontal cortex and human memory: an integrated account of results from neuropsychological and neuroimaging studies of working and long-term memory. In H. Eichenbaum (Ed.), Learning and memory: a comprehensive reference. Oxford, England: Elsevier.

Blumenfeld, R. S., & Ranganath, C. (2006). Dorsolateral prefrontal cortex promotes long-term memory formation through its role in working memory organization. J Neurosci, 26(3), 916–25.

Cardenas, V. A., Chao, L. L., Blumenfeld, R., Song, E., Meyerhoff, D. J., Weiner, M. W., & Studholme, C. (2005). Using automated morphometry to detect associations between ERP latency and structural brain MRI in normal adults. Hum Brain Mapp, 25(3), 317–27.

Meyerhoff, D. J., Blumenfeld, R., Truran, D., Lindgren, J., Flenniken, D., Cardenas, V., … Weiner, M. W. (2004). Effects of heavy drinking, binge drinking, and family history of alcoholism on regional brain metabolites. Alcohol Clin Exp Res, 28(4), 650–61.

Studholme, C., Cardenas, V., Blumenfeld, R., Schuff, N., Rosen, H. J., Miller, B., & Weiner, M. (2004). Deformation tensor morphometry of semantic dementia with quantitative validation. Neuroimage, 21(4), 1387–98.