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Frank Emilio Garcea, Ph.D.

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Bachelor of Science, Psychology
St. John Fisher College
September 2006 - May 2010

PhD, Brain and Cognitive Sciences
University of Rochester
September 2012 - July 2017


Dr. Frank Garcea completed his undergraduate degree at St. John Fisher College and his PhD in cognitive neuroscience at the University of Rochester. After completing a three-year fellowship at the MossRehab Research Institute and University of Pennsylvania, Frank returned to URMC as a postdoctoral researcher. Frank is now a professor in the Department of Neurosurgery. Frank's research combines neuropsychological testing and functional MRI to investigate the cognitive and neural mechanisms supporting the ability to recognize, name, and use objects.


Journal Articles

Garcea FE, Buxbaum LJ. "Mechanisms and neuroanatomy of response selection in tool and non-tool action tasks: Evidence from left-hemisphere stroke." Cortex; a journal devoted to the study of the nervous system and behavior.. 2023 Jul 22; 167:335-350. Epub 2023 Jul 22.

Metzgar R, Stoll H, Grafton ST, Buxbaum LJ, Garcea FE. "Single-case disconnectome lesion-symptom mapping: Identifying two subtypes of limb apraxia." Neuropsychologia.. 2022 Jun 6; 170:108210. Epub 2022 Mar 11.

Matheson HE, Garcea FE, Buxbaum LJ. "Scene context shapes category representational geometry during processing of tools." Cortex; a journal devoted to the study of the nervous system and behavior.. 2021 Aug; 141:1-15. Epub 2021 Apr 10.

Books & Chapters

Chapter Title: The How and What of Object Knowledge in the Human Brain.
Book Title: The Oxford Handbook of Neurolinguistics
Author List: Garcea, F.E., & Mahon, B.Z.
Published By: Oxford University Press 2019