Infectious Diseases In the Department of Medicine

Marcie Zinn, PhD

Marcie Zinn, PhDMarcie Zinn, PhD

MEDICAL RESEARCH CONSULTANT
INFECTIOUS DISEASE & GEOGRAPHIC MEDICINE

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Research Topics: cognitive neuroscience of learning, memory, plasticity and change; cognitive representation, reasoning and problem solving.

Research Summary

Our research focuses on the cognitive neuroscience of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. The experiments we conduct involve Chronic Fatigue Syndrome patients, neurologically healthy controls and neurologically compromised controls. Utilizing a combination of cognitive testing and Electroencephalographic measurement, we examine the role of the entire cortex in the pathogenesis of CFS. More specifically, our research is concerned with how Chronic Fatigue Syndrome patients self-regulate their motivation, thought patterns and overall behavior. A second line of research involves developing relevant test instruments designed specifically for this population. Current tests were developed for other neurological patients including patients with multiple sclerosis, parkinson's disease and other neurological groups. Rather, we hypothesize that the cortex can be conceptualized as a set of brain network dynamics whereby the integrity of networks are dependent on every part of the network. For example, as in other types of networks, if one part of the network ceases to function well, the entire network is affected. We hypothesize that this network model of CFS supports several hypotheses which include impairments in planning, attention shifting, response preparation, simultaneous processing and successive processing. These hypotheses are founded on the necessity of the structural integrity of the brain networks which support the above cognitve constructs.

Education

Ph.D. Clinical Psychology and Rehabilitation Psychology, Illinois Institute of Technology, 2003.

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