The Catholic University of America




Rebecca L. M. Fuller

Assistant Professor


lab: Fuller's EEG / ERP Lab

310 O'Boyle (202)-319-5816




I use behavioral and electrophysiological methods to investigate individual differences in attention, working memory, and executive function in healthy people and in people with psychiatric and neurological disorders. My recent studies investigate attention and working memory impairment in schizophrenia and the effects of varenicline, a partial agonist of the α4β2 nicotinic receptor, on this cognitive impairment. I examine cognitive control and priority processing in executive function and motor performance in Parkinson’s disease. Furthermore I explore the role of working memory capacity and processing speed on executive function and action monitoring in healthy young adults.


Ph.D., 2000, Institute of Neurology, University of London, England, Psychology
M.Sc., 1992, University College London, University of London, England, Experimental Methods in Psychology
B.A., 1989, University of Kentucky, Psychology

Selected Recent Publications

Hong L, Thaker G, McMahon R, Summerfelt A, Rarchbeisel J, Fuller R, Wonodi I, et al. (in press).  Moderate Dose Varenicline Treatment on Neurobiological and Cognitive Biomarkers in Schizophrenia Smokers and Non-smokers.  Archives of General Psychiatry.
Hahn B, Kappenman S, Robinson B, Fuller R, Luck S, Gold J. (2011). Iconic Decay in Schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Bulletin. 37 ( 5). 950–957.
Froude C, Fuller R. (2009). Navigating “the Unhappy Constellation” of Dissociative Identity Disorder, Infant Trauma, and Type D Attachment. The Graduate Student Journal of Psychology 11, 59-69.
Luck S, Fuller R, Krabbendam E, Robinson B, Summerfelt A, Gold J. (2009).  Impaired response selection in schizophrenia: Evidence from the P3 wave and the lateralized readiness potential.  Psychophysiology. 46(4): 776-786.
Fuller R, Luck S, Braun E, Robinson B, McMahon R, Gold J. (2009). Impaired visual working memory consolidation in schizophrenia. Neuropsychology, 23(1):71-80.


PSY 304: Brain and Behavior
PSY 344: Psychology of Learning
PSY 345: Clinical Neuroscience
PSY 376: Cognitive Psychology                     
PSY 709: Historical and Biological Foundations of Psychology
PSY 759: Cognitive Neuroscience