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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, BA, Psychology with Honors


University of Wisconsin-Madison, Ph.D, Human Neuropsychology – committee degree program


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Barbey, A. K., Colom, R., & Grafman, J. (2014). Distributed neural system for emotional intelligence revealed by lesion mapping. Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci, 9(3), 265-272.

Barbey, A. K., Colom, R., & Grafman, J. (2014). Neural mechanisms of discourse comprehension: a human lesion study. Brain, 137(Pt 1), 277-287.

Barbey, A. K., Colom, R., Paul, E., Forbes, C., Krueger, F., Goldman, D., & Grafman, J. (2014). Preservation of general intelligence following traumatic brain injury: contributions of the Met66 brain-derived neurotrophic factor. PLoS One, 9(2), e88733.

Barbey, A. K., Colom, R., Paul, E. J., Chau, A., Solomon, J., & Grafman, J. H. (2014). Lesion mapping of social problem solving. Brain, 137(Pt 10), 2823-2833.

Barbey, A. K., Colom, R., Paul, E. J., & Grafman, J. (2014). Architecture of fluid intelligence and working memory revealed by lesion mapping. Brain Struct Funct, 219(2), 485-494.

Brioschi Guevara, A., Demonet, J. F., Polejaeva, E., Knutson, K. M., Wassermann, E. M., Krueger, F., & Grafman, J. (2014). Association Between Long-Term Cognitive Decline in Vietnam Veterans With TBI and Caregiver Attachment Style. J Head Trauma Rehabil.

Dal Monte, O., Schintu, S., Pardini, M., Berti, A., Wassermann, E. M., Grafman, J., & Krueger, F. (2014). The left inferior frontal gyrus is crucial for reading the mind in the eyes: brain lesion evidence. Cortex, 58, 9-17.

Della Sala, S., & Grafman, J. (2014). Happy 50th anniversary Cortex! Cortex, 50, 1-6.

Forbes, C. E., Poore, J. C., Krueger, F., Barbey, A. K., Solomon, J., & Grafman, J. (2014). The role of executive function and the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex in the expression of neuroticism and conscientiousness. Soc Neurosci, 9(2), 139-151.

Kapogiannis, D., Deshpande, G., Krueger, F., Thornburg, M. P., & Grafman, J. H. (2014). Brain networks shaping religious belief. Brain Connect, 4(1), 70-79.

Knutson, K. M., Monte, O. D., Raymont, V., Wassermann, E. M., Krueger, F., & Grafman, J. (2014). Neural correlates of apathy revealed by lesion mapping in participants with traumatic brain injuries. Hum Brain Mapp, 35(3), 943-953.

Krueger, F., Hoffman, M., Walter, H., & Grafman, J. (2014). An fMRI investigation of the effects of belief in free will on third-party punishment. Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci, 9(8), 1143-1149.

Le, K., Coelho, C., Mozeiko, J., Krueger, F., & Grafman, J. (2014). Does brain volume loss predict cognitive and narrative discourse performance following traumatic brain injury? Am J Speech Lang Pathol, 23(2), S271-284.

Pardini, M., Krueger, F., Hodgkinson, C. A., Raymont, V., Strenziok, M., Amore, M., . . . Grafman, J. H. (2014). Aggression, DRD1 polymorphism, and lesion location in penetrating traumatic brain injury. CNS Spectr, 19(5), 382-390.

Pardini, M., Uccelli, A., Grafman, J., Yaldizli, O., Mancardi, G., & Roccatagliata, L. (2014). Isolated cognitive relapses in multiple sclerosis. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry, 85(9), 1035-1037.

Pugh, M. J., Orman, J. A., Jaramillo, C. A., Salinsky, M. C., Eapen, B. C., Towne, A. R., . . . Grafman, J. H. (2014). The Prevalence of Epilepsy and Association With Traumatic Brain Injury in Veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars. J Head Trauma Rehabil.

Rostami, E., Krueger, F., Plantman, S., Davidsson, J., Agoston, D., Grafman, J., & Risling, M. (2014). Alteration in BDNF and its receptors, full-length and truncated TrkB and p75(NTR) following penetrating traumatic brain injury. Brain Res, 1542, 195-205.

Tovar-Moll, F., de Oliveira-Souza, R., Bramati, I. E., Zahn, R., Cavanagh, A., Tierney, M., . . . Grafman, J. (2014). White matter tract damage in the behavioral variant of frontotemporal and corticobasal dementia syndromes. PLoS One, 9(7), e102656.

Weaver, S. M., Portelli, J. N., Chau, A., Cristofori, I., Moretti, L., & Grafman, J. (2014). Genetic polymorphisms and traumatic brain injury: the contribution of individual differences to recovery. Brain Imaging Behav, 8(3), 420-434.

Weiner, M. W., Veitch, D. P., Hayes, J., Neylan, T., Grafman, J., Aisen, P. S., . . . Mohlenoff, B. (2014). Effects of traumatic brain injury and posttraumatic stress disorder on Alzheimer's disease in veterans, using the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative. Alzheimers Dement, 10(3 Suppl), S226-235.

Zahn, R., Garrido, G., Moll, J., & Grafman, J. (2014). Individual differences in posterior cortical volume correlate with proneness to pride and gratitude. Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci, 9(11), 1676-1683.


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Armstrong, N., Schupf, N., Grafman, J., & Huey, E. D. (2013). Caregiver burden in frontotemporal degeneration and corticobasal syndrome. Dement Geriatr Cogn Disord, 36(5-6), 310-318.

Barbey, A. K., Colom, R., & Grafman, J. (2013). Architecture of cognitive flexibility revealed by lesion mapping. Neuroimage, 82, 547-554.

Barbey, A. K., Colom, R., & Grafman, J. (2013). Dorsolateral prefrontal contributions to human intelligence. Neuropsychologia, 51(7), 1361-1369.

Barbey, A. K., Koenigs, M., & Grafman, J. (2013). Dorsolateral prefrontal contributions to human working memory. Cortex, 49(5), 1195-1205.

Coelho, C., Le, K., Mozeiko, J., Hamilton, M., Tyler, E., Krueger, F., & Grafman, J. (2013). Characterizing discourse deficits following penetrating head injury: a preliminary model. Am J Speech Lang Pathol, 22(2), S438-448.

Dal Monte, O., Krueger, F., Solomon, J. M., Schintu, S., Knutson, K. M., Strenziok, M., . . . Grafman, J. (2013). A voxel-based lesion study on facial emotion recognition after penetrating brain injury. Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci, 8(6), 632-639.

Della Sala, S., & Grafman, J. (2013). Nothing endures but change. Cortex, 49(1), 1-2.

Della Sala, S., Grafman, J., & Cubelli, R. (2013). I copy, therefore I publish. Cortex, 49(9), 2281-2282.

Folio, L., Solomon, J., Biassou, N., Fischer, T., Dworzak, J., Raymont, V., . . . Grafman, J. (2013). Semi-automated trajectory analysis of deep ballistic penetrating brain injury.Mil Med, 178(3), 338-345.

Forbes, C. E., & Grafman, J. (2013). Social neuroscience: the second phase. Front Hum Neurosci, 7, 20.

Glass, L., Krueger, F., Solomon, J., Raymont, V., & Grafman, J. (2013). Mental paper folding performance following penetrating traumatic brain injury in combat veterans: a lesion mapping study. Cereb Cortex, 23(7), 1663-1672.

Green, S., Lambon Ralph, M. A., Moll, J., Zakrzewski, J., Deakin, J. F., Grafman, J., & Zahn, R. (2013). The neural basis of conceptual-emotional integration and its role in major depressive disorder. Soc Neurosci, 8(5), 417-433.

Knutson, K. M., Rakowsky, S. T., Solomon, J., Krueger, F., Raymont, V., Tierney, M. C., . . . Grafman, J. (2013). Injured brain regions associated with anxiety in Vietnam veterans. Neuropsychologia, 51(4), 686-694.

Waechter, R. L., Goel, V., Raymont, V., Kruger, F., & Grafman, J. (2013). Transitive inference reasoning is impaired by focal lesions in parietal cortex rather than rostrolateral prefrontal cortex. Neuropsychologia, 51(3), 464-471.


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Barbey, A. K., Colom, R., Solomon, J., Krueger, F., Forbes, C., & Grafman, J. (2012). An integrative architecture for general intelligence and executive function revealed by lesion mapping. Brain, 135(Pt 4), 1154-1164.

Coelho, C., Le, K., Mozeiko, J., Krueger, F., & Grafman, J. (2012). Discourse production following injury to the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex. Neuropsychologia, 50(14), 3564-3572.

Driscoll, D. M., Dal Monte, O., Solomon, J., Krueger, F., & Grafman, J. (2012). Empathic deficits in combat veterans with traumatic brain injury: a voxel-based lesion-symptom mapping study. Cogn Behav Neurol, 25(4), 160-166.

Forbes, C. E., Poore, J. C., Barbey, A. K., Krueger, F., Solomon, J., Lipsky, R. H., . . . Grafman, J. (2012). BDNF polymorphism-dependent OFC and DLPFC plasticity differentially moderates implicit and explicit bias. Cereb Cortex, 22(11), 2602-2609.

Knutson, K. M., Krueger, F., Dal Monte, O., Raymont, V., Snyder, A. D., Kirsch, H. E., . . . Grafman, J. (2012). Gustatory cortical lesions affect motivation for snack foods. Cogn Neurosci, 3(2), 131-138.

Le, K., Coelho, C., Mozeiko, J., Krueger, F., & Grafman, J. (2012). Predicting story goodness performance from cognitive measures following traumatic brain injury. Am J Speech Lang Pathol, 21(2), S115-125.

Leopold, A., Krueger, F., dal Monte, O., Pardini, M., Pulaski, S. J., Solomon, J., & Grafman, J. (2012). Damage to the left ventromedial prefrontal cortex impacts affective theory of mind. Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci, 7(8), 871-880.

Moretti, L., Cristofori, I., Weaver, S. M., Chau, A., Portelli, J. N., & Grafman, J. (2012). Cognitive decline in older adults with a history of traumatic brain injury. Lancet Neurol, 11(12), 1103-1112.

Orman, J. A., Geyer, D., Jones, J., Schneider, E. B., Grafman, J., Pugh, M. J., & Dubose, J. (2012). Epidemiology of moderate-to-severe penetrating versus closed traumatic brain injury in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. J Trauma Acute Care Surg, 73(6 Suppl 5), S496-502.

Pardini, M., Krueger, F., Koenigs, M., Raymont, V., Hodgkinson, C., Zoubak, S., . . . Grafman, J. (2012). Fatty-acid amide hydrolase polymorphisms and post-traumatic stress disorder after penetrating brain injury. Transl Psychiatry, 2, e75.

    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.