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Jordan Grafman

Jordan Grafman, PhD

  • Director, Brain Injury Research, RIC
  • Chief, Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory
  • Coleman Chair in Rehabilitation Medicine



Education, Residency and Internship


Sonoma State University in California, B.A. in Psychology with Honors
University of Wisconsin-Madison, Ph.D. in Human Neuropsychology – committee degree program


  • Weaver SM, Chau A, Portelli JN, Grafman J.  Genetic polymorphisms influence recovery from traumatic brain injury.  Neuroscientist. 2012 Dec;18(6):631-44.  Full Text/Abstract
  • Barbey AK, Colom R, Solomon J, Krueger F, Forbes C, Grafman J.  An integrative architecture for general intelligence and executive function revealed by lesion mapping,  Brain. 2012 Apr;135(Pt 4):1154-64.  Full Text/Abstract
  • Raymont V, Salazar AM, Krueger F, Grafman J.  "Studying injured minds" - the Vietnam head injury study and 40 years of brain injury research.  Front Neurol. 2011;2:15. Epub 2011 Mar 28.  Full Text/Abstract
  • Forbes CE, Grafman J.  The role of the human prefrontal cortex in social cognition and moral judgment.   Annu Rev Neurosci. 2010;33:299-324.  Full Text/Abstract
  • Wood JN, Grafman J.  Human prefrontal cortex: processing and representational perspectives.  Nat Rev Neurosci. 2003 Feb;4(2):139-47.  Full Text/Abstract
  • Krueger, F., Moll, J., Zahn, R., Heinecke, A., and Grafman, J.  Event Frequency Modulates the Processing of Daily Life Activities in Human Medial Prefrontal Cortex - Cerebral Cortex  17 2346-2353 2007,  Full Text/Abstract
  • Zahn, R., Moll, J., Krueger, F., Huey, E.D., Garrido, G., and Grafman, J.  Social Concepts are Represented in the Superior Anterior Temporal Cortex - Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences  104 (15) 6430-6435 2007,  Full Text/Abstract
  • Knutson, K.M., Mah, L., Manly, C.F., and Grafman, J.  Neural Correlates of Automatic Beliefs about Gender and Race - Human Brain Mapping  28 (10) 915-930 2007,  Full Text/Abstract
  • Krueger, F., McCabe, K., Moll, J., Kriegeskorte, N., Zahn, R., Strenziok, M., Heinecke, A., and Grafman, J.  The Neural Correlates of Trust - Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences  104 (50) 20084-20089 2007,  Full Text/Abstract
  • Moll, J., Krueger, F., Zahn, R., Pardini, M., de Oliveira-Souza, R., and Grafman, J.  Human Fronto-mesolimbic Networks Guide Decisions about Charitable Donation. - Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences  103 (42) 15623-15628 2006,  Full Text/Abstract
  • Moll, J., Zahn, R., de Oliveira-Souza, R., Krueger, F., and Grafman, J.  The neural basis of human moral cognition - Nature Reviews Neuroscience  6 (10) 799-809 2005,  Full Text/Abstract

Research Interests

The major goal of the Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory is to characterize the forms of knowledge represented in the human prefrontal cortex. While it is believed that the prefrontal cortex plays a crucial role in planning, social cognition, reasoning, and reflection, scientists remain puzzled about its underlying cognitive architecture and the number of circumscribed prefrontal cortex brain sectors subserving specific cognitive operations and/or knowledge. Laboratory studies are dedicated to testing hypotheses generated by the theoretical framework we have adapted.  An additional primary goal of the Laboratory is to better understand the principles of neuroplasticity using cognitive neuroscience methods in order to improve recovery or maintenance of function in people with brain damage.