Ruth Propper
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Ruth Propper


Dr. Ruth E. Propper is a Professor in the Psychology Department at Montclair State University, where she is the director of the Cerebral Lateralization Laboratory. After receiving her Ph.D. from the University of Toledo in Cognitive Neuropsychology, she was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Massachusetts Mental Health Research Center, Laboratory of Neurophysiology, Harvard Medical School, in the laboratory of Drs. Allan Hobson and Robert Stickgold. There, she studied the role of sleep and dreaming on memory consolidation. She was also a Visiting Researcher in the Golby Laboratory: A Surgical Brain Mapping Laboratory, at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, examining individual differences in handedness effects on brain organization. ​

Propper has published more than 30 peer-reviewed articles, 2 book chapters, and more than 50 presentations at national and international conferences. She extensively mentors undergraduate and graduate research students, training more than 50 students in her laboratory over the course of her career to date.

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Professor of Psychology

Montclair State University
Psychology Department
Work in the laboratory examines hemispheric contributions to performance on cognitive, affective, and perceptual tasks. Cognitive processes of particular interest include language-based episodic and semantic memory, spatial memory, local versus global processing, attention, and factors related to decision making and ease of persuasion. Affects of interest include anger and anxiety in particular, and their effects on cognition. Perceptual changes examined involve hemi-spatial biases. Methodologies used include manipulations of hemispheric activity using various techniques, examinations of individual differences in handedness effects, and sleep.


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