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Dr Kirsten Taylor
Dr Kirsten Taylor

Visiting Research Fellow

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Research Interests

I am interested in the structure and functioning of the semantic system; specifically, how correlations among features and feature distinctiveness influence the structure and functioning of the semantic system and how cross-modal features are integrated into coherent conceptual representations. We are using cognitive psychological (e.g., semantic priming) and brain imaging techniques (e.g., fMRI, voxel-based correlations with behavioral data) with healthy people and a variety of brain-damaged populations to address these questions.

A second major research theme is the neuroPsychology of neurodegenerative diseases, in particular Alzheimer's disease. Together with the Memory Clinic-NeuroPsychology Center at the University Hospital Basel, Switzerland, we are conducting studies to determine the anatomic borders of beginning Alzheimer neuropathology, how different anteromedial temporal lobe structures are affected at different stages of the disease process, and the functional repercussions of these progressive changes.

I received my MA in clinical Psychology and PhD in neuroPsychology from the University of Zürich, Switzerland, where I worked with Prof Marianne Regard, PD Dr Peter Brugger, and Dr Dorothea Weniger. During my PhD, I worked as a clinical assistant at the NeuroPsychology Unit of the University Neurology Clinic and completed the joint Neurosciences Programme of the University of Zürich and Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH) Zürich. I received a BA in Psychology and BS in Bioengineering from the University of California at San Diego, where I worked at the VA hospital and Alzheimer's Disease Research Center under the supervision of Profs David Salmon and Nelson Butters.

Selected Publications

Taylor, K.I., Probst, A., Miserez, A.R., Monsch, A.U. & Tolnay, M. (in press). Clinical course of neuropathologically-confirmed frontal variant Alzheimer's disease. Nature Clinical Practice Neurology.

Taylor, K. I. & Probst, A. (in press). Anatomic localization of the transentorhinal region of the perirhinal cortex. Neurobiology of Aging.

Taylor, K.I., Salamoura, A., Randall, B., Moss, H. & Tyler, L.K. (in press). Clarifying the nature of distinctiveness by domain interaction in conceptual structure: A comment on Cree, McNorgan and McRae (2006). Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition.

Gay, B, Taylor, KI, Tolnay, M, Hohl, U & Stähelin, HB (in press). The validity of clinical diagnoses of dementia in a group of consecutively autopsied memory clinic patients. The Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging.

Probst, A, Taylor, KI, & Tolnay, M (2007). Hippocampal sclerosis dementia: a reappraisal. Acta Neuropathologica, 114(4), 335-45.

Steuerwald, GM, Baumann, TP, Taylor, KI, Mittag, M, Adams, H, Tolnay, M & Monsch, AU (2007). Clinical characteristics of dementia associated with argyrophilic grain disease. Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders, 24(3), 229-34.

Taylor, K.I., Moss, H.E. & Tyler, L.K. (2007). The Conceptual Structure Account: A cognitive model of semantic memory and its neural instantiation. J. Hart & M. Kraut (eds.), The Neural Basis of Semantic Memory. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 265-301.

Moss, H.E., Tyler, L.K. & Taylor, K.I. (2007). Conceptual Structure. G. Gaskell (ed.), Oxford Handbook of Psycholinguistics. Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 217-34.

Taylor, K.I., Moss, H.E., Stamatakis, E.A. & Tyler, L.K. (2006). Binding crossmodal object features in perirhinal cortex. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 103(21), 8239-44.

Taylor, K.I., Moss, H.E. & Tyler, L.K. (2006). Perirhinal cortex lesions in humans impair the crossmodal integration of meaningful object features. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 18, Suppl., G73.

Taylor, K.I., Brugger, P. & Schwarz, U. (2005). Audio-visual peduncular hallucinations: A release of cross-modal integration sites? Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology, 18(2), 135-6.

Taylor, K.I., Salmon, D.P., Monsch, A.U. & Brugger, P. (2005). Semantic and phonemic sequence effects in random word generation: A dissociation in Alzheimer's and Huntington's disease patients. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 11, 303-10.

Taylor, K.I., Brugger, P., Weniger, D. & Regard, M. (2004). Effects of task instructions on visual field language asymmetries. Zeitschrift für Neuropsychologie, 15, 91-8.

Sadek, J.R., Johnson, S.A., White, D.A., Salmon, D.P., Taylor, K.I., DeLaPena, J.H., Paulsen, J.S., Heaton, R.K., Grant, I. and the HNRC Group. (2004). Retrograde amnesia in dementia: Comparison of HIV-associated dementia, Alzheimer's Disease, and Huntington's disease. NeuroPsychology, 18(4), 692-9.

Taylor, K.I. & Regard, M. (2003). Language in the right cerebral hemisphere: Contributions from reading studies. News in Physiological Sciences, 18, 257-61.

Brugger, P. & Taylor, K.I. (2003). ESP: Extra-Sensory Perception or Effect of Subjective Probability? Journal of Consciousness Studies, 10(6-7), 221-246. Reprinted in: J. Alcock, J. Burns & A. Freeman (eds.) (2003), PSI Wars: Getting to Grips with the Paranormal. Exeter: Imprint Academic. pp. 221-246.

Taylor, K.I. & Monsch, A.U. (2003). Neuropsychological evaluation. R.W. Richter & B.Z. Richter (eds.), Alzheimer's Disease? The Basics. A Physician's Guide to the Practical Management. In: Current Clinical Neurology Series. Totowa: The Humana Press Inc. pp. 109-120.

Taylor, K.I., Zäch, P. & Brugger, P. (2002). Why is magical ideation related to leftward deviation on an implicit line bisection task? Cortex, 38, 247-52.

Taylor, K.I., Bächtold, D., Monsch, A.U., Meier, E., Regard, M.. & Brugger, P. (2002). A simple clinical test to identify and quantify types of visual neglect. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 8(4), 487. (abstract).

Taylor, K.I., Schopper, C. & Regard, M. (2002). Münchausen in the neurological clinical: A case report. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 8(4), 498. (abstract).

Taylor, K.I., Crelier, G., Alkadhi, H., Brugger, P., Kollias, S.S. & Weniger, D. (2001). An fMRI study of hemispheric competency for lexical and semantic processes in reading. NeuroImage, 13(6), S615. (abstract).

Taylor, K.I., Brugger, P., Weniger, D. & Regard, M. (1999). Qualitative hemispheric differences in semantic category matching. Brain and Language, 70(1), 119-131.

Monsch, A.U., Taylor, K.I. & Bondi, M.W. (1998). Cross-cultural issues in the neuropsychological assessment of neurodegenerative diseases. A.I. Tröster (ed.), Memory in Neurodegenerative Diseases: Biological, Cognitive and Clinical Perspectives. New York: Cambridge University Press. pp. 255-261.

Taylor, K.I., Brugger, P. & Regard, M. (1998). Word frequency and processing strategies in unilateral lexical decisions. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 4(3), 217. (abstract).

Monsch, A.U., Seifritz, E., Taylor, K.I., Erimini-Fünfschilling, D., Stähelin, H.B. & Spiegel, R. (1997). Category fluency is also predominantly affected in Swiss Alzheimer's disease patients. Acta Neurologica Scandinavica, 95, 81-84.

Taylor, K.I., Salmon, D.P., Rice, V.A., Bondi, M.W., Hill, L.R., Ernesto, C.R. & Butters, N. (1996). A longitudinal examination of American National Adult Reading Test (AMNART) performance in Dementia of the Alzheimer Type (DAT): Validation and correction based on rate of cognitive decline. Journal of Clinical and Experimental NeuroPsychology, 18(6), 883-891.

Peavy, G.M., Salmon, D.P., Rice, V.A., Galasko, D., Samuel, W., Taylor, K.I., Butters, N. & Ernesto, C. (1996). Neuropsychological assessment of severely demented elderly: the severe cognitive impairment profile. Archives of Neurology, 53(4), 367-372.

Monsch, A.U., Foldi, N.S., Ermini-Fünfschilling, D.E., Berres, M., Seifritz, E., Taylor, K.I., Stähelin, H.B. & Spiegel, R. (1995). Improving the diagnostic accuracy of the Mini-Mental State Examination. Acta Neurologica Scandinavica, 92, 145-150.

Seifritz, E., Müller, M.J., Hatzinger, M., Hemmeter, U., Chardon, F., Taylor, K.I. & Holsboer-Trachsler, E. (1995). Persistent dysregulation of the HPA system in a rapid cycler: Longitudinal comparison of DEX/hCRH test results with non-rapid cycling major depression. Depression, 3, 204-208.

Brugger, P., Gamma, A., Muri, R., Schafer, M. & Taylor, K.I. (1993). Functional hemispheric asymmetry and belief in ESP. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 77, 1299-1308.