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

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.