Scott Frey

Miller Family Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience, Director, Brain Imaging Center; Adjunct Professor in the Departments of Neurology, Psychiatry, and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

205C Melvin Marx Building

Lab: Rehabilitation Neuroscience Laboratory

Research Interests

Scott is moving to Washington University in summer 2015. Individuals interested in graduate or postdoctoral training should contact him directly via email.

Humans are capable of a remarkably diverse set of manual actions ranging from the fine machinations of the microsurgeon or violinist to the seemingly mundane acts of drinking a glass of wine or shaving one's face. Loss of these abilities due to brain or bodily injury can be devastating. The goals of Dr. Frey's work are twofold: 1) understand the cognitive, sensory and motor mechanisms that make these uniquely human behaviors possible, and 2) use this knowledge to develop more effective, neurally-motivated, rehabilitation strategies. His approach is to seek convergence in data gathered through a variety of different techniques including: functional and structural MRI, transcranial magnetic stimulation, and behavioral studies of healthy, brain- or bodily-injured populations.

Biographical Sketch

After undergraduate school, I received a masters degree in Human Development with Howard Gardner at the Harvard Graduate School of Education before pursuing a Ph.D. with James E. Cutting in Experimental Psychology at Cornell University. Early in my career I decided to respecialize in Cognitive Neuroscience and spent seven years at Dartmouth College and Medical School under the supervision of Scott T. Grafton, Michael S. Gazzaniga and Andrew J. Saykin.

I previously published as "Scott H. Johnson" and "Scott H. Johnson-Frey" before legally changing to my Mother's maiden name "Frey." When not working, I enjoy spending time outdoors with my family and competing in cross country skiing and running races.

Selected Publications

Povinelli, D.J., Reaux, J.E., & Frey, S.H. (2011). “Chimpanzees’ tool use within peripersonal space provides evidence for separable representations of hand and tool even during active use.” Neuropsychologia, 48, 243-247. PMC19766665

Macuga, K. & Frey, S.H. (2011). “Selective responses in right inferior frontal and supramarginal gyri differentiate between observed movements of oneself vs. another”. Neuropsychologia, 49, 5, 1202-1207. PMC3078186

Kroliczak, G., & Frey, S.H. (2011). “Atypical lateralization of language predicts cerebral asymmetries in parietal gesture representations.” Neuropsychologia, 49, 7, 1698-1702. PMC3100506

Frey, S.H., Fogassi, L., Grafton, S.T., Picard, N., Rothwell, J., Schweighofer, N., Corbetta, M., & Fitzpatrick, S.M. (2011). “Neurological principles and rehabilitation of action disorders: computation, anatomy and physiology (CAP) model.” Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, 25, 5 suppl., 6S-20S.

Marangon, M., Jacobs, S., & Frey, S.H. (2011). “Context-sensitivity of grasp representations in human rostral inferior parietal lobule.” J. of Neurophysiology, 105, 5, 2536-2546. PMC3094173

Martin, K., Jacobs, S., and Frey, S.H. (2011). “Handedness-related differences in contributions of anterior intraparietal and ventral premotor cortices to feed-forward grip selection involving the hands or a recently mastered tool.” Neuroimage, 57, 2, 502-512. PMC3114104

Philip, B. A., & Frey, S. H. (2011). Preserved grip selection planning in chronic unilateral upper extremity amputees. Exp Brain Res. doi: 10.1007/s00221-011-2842-5

Frey, S.H. & Povinelli, D. (in press). Comparative investigations of manual action representations: evidence that chimpanzees represent the costs of potential future actions involving tools. Phil. Trans. of the Royal Soc. B.

Macuga, K., & Frey, S.H. (in press). “Neural representations involved in observed, imagined, and imitated actions are dissociable and hierarchically organized.” Neuroimage.

Bogdanov, S., Smith, J., & Frey, S.H. (in press). “"Former hand territory activity increases during intact hand movements, but is unaffected by illusory visual feedback of the amputated side". Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair.

Macuga, K., & Frey, S.H. (in press). "Motor imagery of tool use: Relationship to actual use and adherence to Fitts’ law across tasks." Experimental Brain Research.