Indiana University Bloomington

Aina Puce

Aina Puce

BASc, Swinburne Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Australia 1981
MASc, Swinburne Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Australia 1985
Ph.D., University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 1990
Postdoctoral Fellow, Yale University, New Haven, CT

Email address: ainapuce(at)

Research Interests

My research program focuses on the neural basis of social cognition - the ability to interpret the actions, intentions and emotions of others. Non-verbal communication is a main theme in the laboratory, as is the context in which the action is presented. We are developing activation tasks that attempt to mimic real-life situations as closely as possible. Our experiments use combinations of different techniques including behavior, functional MRI, event-related potentials, eye tracking and transcranial magnetic stimulation. The final technique or techniques used are determined by the particular scientific question being asked. The laboratory has multimodal integration capability.

Representative Publications

Thompson JC, Clarke M, Stewart T, Puce A. (2005). Configural processing of biological movement in human superior temporal sulcus. J Neurosci 25:9059-9066.

Puce A, Epling JA, Thompson JC, Carrick OK. (2007). Neural responses elicited to face and vocalization pairings. Neuropsychologia 45: 93-106.

Carrick OK, Thompson JC, Epling JA, Puce A. (2007). It's all in the eyes: neural responses to the social significance of gaze shifts. NeuroReport 18:763-766

Thompson JC, Hardee JE, Panayiotou A, Crewther D, Puce A. (2007).Topographic organization of fMRI responses to viewing dynamic sequences of face and hand movements. Neuroimage 37: 966-973.

Schroeder CE, Lakatos P, Kajikawa Y, Partan S, Puce A. (2008). Opinion: Neuronal oscillations and visual amplification of speech. Trends Cog Sci 12:106-113.

Hardee JE, Thompson JC, Puce A. (2008). The left amygdala knows fear: Laterality in the amygdala response to fearful eyes. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience 3: 47-54.

Petrini K, Dahl S, Rocchesso D, Waadeland CH , Avanzini F, Puce A, Pollick F. (2009). Multisensory integration of drumming actions: musical expertise affects perceived audiovisual asynchrony. Exp. Brain Res., [Epub ahead of print].