College of Family and Consumer Sciences
Dr. Charles Geier is a developmental cognitive neuroscientist interested in understanding the neurodevelopment of brain systems underlying goal-directed and habitual behaviors, and how these systems interact across contexts to impact health and disease
206 Family Science Center (House A)
403 Sanford Dr.
Athens, GA 30602
|Degree||Field of Study||Institution||Graduation|
|PHD||Cognitive Psychology/Neuroscience||University of Pittsburgh||2009|
|BS||Biological Sciences||Ohio University||2000|
We use behavioral measures (e.g., cognitive tasks, eye tracking) and multi-modal functional neuroimaging (e.g., task-based functional MRI, resting state fMRI) to examine (1) the normative neurodevelopment of reward and control-related brain systems during adolescence and young adulthood, (2) how the interaction of these systems contributes to health-related behaviors and illness, including consummatory behavior and obesity, smoking cigarettes, and depression, and (3) how initially reward- or goal-directed behaviors 'evolve' into habits in adolescents and young adults. We are particularly interested in applying advanced statistical methods (e.g., GIMME, time-varying vector autoregressive models, etc.) to acquired fMRI time series data to characterize intra-individual change and inter-individual differences in intra-individual change in brain connectivity between task-relevant regions of interest that underlie decisions and habits.
Prior Professional Positions
|Organization||Title||Years of Service|
|Penn State Department of Human Development and Family Studies||Assistant Professor||2011-2017|
|Penn State Department of Human Development and Family Studies||Associate Professor||2017-2023|
|Position||Name of Journal||Year(s)|
|Editorial Board Member||Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience||current|
|Section Board Member||Brain Sciences||current|