Dr. James R. Houston

Assistant Professor

Dr. James R. Houston
(615) 898-5641
(615) 898-5027
Room 359, Academic Classroom Building (ACB)
MTSU Box 87, Murfreesboro, TN 37132
Office Hours

MTWR: 11:30am-12:00pm*

F: 10:00am-11:00am*

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        Degree Information

        • PHD, University of Akron (2016)
        • MA, University of Akron (2014)
        • BS, Ohio State University (2011)

        Ph.D., The University of Akron, (2016)

        M.A., The University of Akron, (2013)

        B.S., Ohio State University (2011)

        Areas of Expertise

        Cognitive and affective aging – My work focuses on age group differences in written word recognition, threat perception, and the context integration in working memory.

        Cerebellar influences on cognitive and emotion processses - Through the study of Chiari Malformation syndrome, I explore the neurobiological dynamics , Chiari Malformation Syndrome is characterized by a structural deformation of the cerebellum. My work in Chiari malformation...

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        Cognitive and affective aging – My work focuses on age group differences in written word recognition, threat perception, and the context integration in working memory.

        Cerebellar influences on cognitive and emotion processses - Through the study of Chiari Malformation syndrome, I explore the neurobiological dynamics , Chiari Malformation Syndrome is characterized by a structural deformation of the cerebellum. My work in Chiari malformation addresses the cognitive deficits that individuals with Chiari may face. Recently, we have expanded our investigation into the potential deficits of Chiari to include functional activity of the brain through EEG and structural damage of neural communication pathways through diffusion tensor imaging (DTI).

        Neural electrophysiology - Neural electrophysiology allows for unique insight into neural activity that underlies human performance. My work in neural electrophysiology focused predominantly on the application of time-domain event-related potentials (ERP) in a laboratory setting. However, recent investigations have expanded upon the traditional ERP method to include frequency domain and time-frequency approaches.

        Quantitative analysis – My research includes applications of ANOVA, hierarchical regression, factor analysis, random effects modeling, and structural equation modeling. I have also have expertise in the area of nonparametric analysis, including both group comparison and regression techniques, and quantitative meta-analysis.  

         

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        Biography

        Beginning in the fall of 2018, I began as an assistant professor in developmental psychology at Middle Tennessee State University. I teach coursework in human development, aging, and personality. My research focuses on the fundamental mechanisms underlying cognitive aging, the neural mechanisms underlying age-related differences in affect processing, and understanding the role of the cerebellum in cognitive function through the study of Chiari malformation syndrome. My publications h...

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        Beginning in the fall of 2018, I began as an assistant professor in developmental psychology at Middle Tennessee State University. I teach coursework in human development, aging, and personality. My research focuses on the fundamental mechanisms underlying cognitive aging, the neural mechanisms underlying age-related differences in affect processing, and understanding the role of the cerebellum in cognitive function through the study of Chiari malformation syndrome. My publications have appeared in Experimental Aging Research, Neuropsychology, Psychological Medicine, The Cerebellum, and the Journal of Neuroradiology, among other journals (see publications section for more information).

        I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from The Ohio State University in 2011 while becoming involved in research focusing on auditory speech perception & psychometric scale construction. I subsequently entered the Adult Development and Aging doctoral program at the University of Akron under the advisement of Dr. Phil Allen. At UA, I engaged in coursework and research with a strong focus on the cognitive and neurophysiological consequences of normal aging. My research interests grew to include the development of human attention & perception, sensory integration, cognitive training, neuroimaging, and neural electrophysiology.

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        Publications

        Houston, J.R., Maleki, J. Loth, F., Klinge, P.M., & Allen, P.A. (in press). Influence of pain on cognitive dysfunction and emotion dysregulation in Chiari malformation Type I. In M. Adamaszek, M-U. Manto, & D.J. Schutter (Eds.), Cerebellum and Emotion. Springer Publishing.

        Houston, M.L., Houston, J.R., Sakaie, K., Klinge, P.M., Vorster, S., Luciano, M.G., Loth, F., & Allen, P.A. (2021). Functional connectivity abnormalities i...

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        Houston, J.R., Maleki, J. Loth, F., Klinge, P.M., & Allen, P.A. (in press). Influence of pain on cognitive dysfunction and emotion dysregulation in Chiari malformation Type I. In M. Adamaszek, M-U. Manto, & D.J. Schutter (Eds.), Cerebellum and Emotion. Springer Publishing.

        Houston, M.L., Houston, J.R., Sakaie, K., Klinge, P.M., Vorster, S., Luciano, M.G., Loth, F., & Allen, P.A. (2021). Functional connectivity abnormalities in Type I Chiari: Associations with cognition and pain. Brain Communications.

        García, M., Eppelheimer, M.S., Houston, J.R., Houston, M.L., Nwotchouang, B.S., Kaut, K.P., Labuda, R., Bapuraj, J.R., Maleki, J. Klinge, P.M., Vorster, S., Luciano, M.G., Loth, F., & Allen, P.A. (2021). Adult Age Differences in Self-Reported Pain and Anterior CSF Space in Chiari Malformation. The Cerebellum.

        Garcia, M.A., Li, X., Allen, P.A., Delahanty, D.L., Eppelheimer, M.S., Houston, J.R., Johnson, D.M., Loth, F., Maleki, J., Vorster, S., & Luciano, M.G. (2021). Impact of Surgical Status, Loneliness, and Disability on Interleukin 6, C-Reactive Protein, Cortisol, and Estrogen in Females with Symptomatic Type I Chiari Malformation. The Cerebellum.

        Mallik, P.R., Allen, P.A., Lien, M-C., Jardin, E., Houston, M.L., Houston, J.R., & Jurosic, B.K. (2021). An Electrophysiological Study of Aging and Perceptual Letter-Matching. Experimental Aging Research. 47(1), 92-108.

        Houston, J.R., Hughes, M.L., Bennett, I.J., Allen, P.A., Rogers, J.M., Lien, M-C., … Luciano, M.G. (2020). Evidence of neural microstructure abnormalities in Type I Chiari Malformation: Associations among fiber tract integrity, pain, and cognitive dysfunction. Pain Medicine. 21(10), 2323-2335.

        Nwotchouang, B.S., Eppelheimer, M., Ibrahimy, A., Houston, J.R., Biswas, D., Labuda, R., … Loth, F. (2020). Clivus length distinguishes between asymptomatic healthy controls and symptomatic adult women with Chiari Malformation Type I. Neuroradiology. 62(11), 1389-1400.

        Houston, J.R., Allen, N.J., Eppelheimer, M.S., Bapuraj, J.R., Biswas, D., Allen, P.A., & Loth, F. (2019). Evidence for sex differences in morphological abnormalities in Type I Chiari Malformation. The Neuroradiology Journal, 32(6), 458-466.

        Garcia, M.A., Allen, P.A., Li, X., Houston, J.R., Loth, F., Labuda, R., Delahanty, D.L. (2019). An examination of pain, disability, and the psychological correlates of Chiari Malformation pre- and post-surgical correction. Disability and Health Journal, 12(4), 469-656.

        Jardin, E., Allen, P.A., Levant, R.F., Lien, M-C., McCurdy, E.R., Villalba, A., Mallik, P., Houston, J.R., & Gerdes, Z.T. (in press). Electrophysiological evidence of emotional processing deficits in alexithymia. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 31(5-6), 619-633.

        Houston, J.R., Allen, P.A., Rogers, J.M., Lien, M-C., Allen, N.J., Hughes, … Luciano, M.G. (2019). Type I Chiari Malformation, RBANS performance, and brain morphology: Connecting the dots on cognition and macro-level brain structure. Neuropsychology, 33(5), 725-738.

        Eppelheimer, M.E., Biswas, D., Braun, A.M., Houston, J.R., Allen, P.A., Bapuraj, J.R., … Loth, F. (2019).Quantification of changes in brain morphology following posteriorfossa decompression surgery in women treated for Chiarimalformation type 1. Neuroradiology, 6(9), 1011-1022.

        Biswas, D., Eppelheimer, M., Houston, J.R., Ibrahimy, A., Bapuraj, R., Labuda, R., … Loth, F. (2019). Quantification of Cerebellar Crowding in Type I Chiari Malformation. Annals of Biomedical Engineering, 47(3), 731-743.

        Allen, P.A., Hughes, M.L., Houston, J.R., Jardin, E., Mallik, P., McLennan, C., & Delahanty, D.L. (2019). Are There Age Differences in Consolidated Episodic Memory? Experimental Aging Research, 45(2), 97-119.

        Houston, J.R., Hughes, M.L., Lien, M-C., Martin, B.A., Loth, F., Luciano, M., Vorster, S., & Allen, P.A. (2018). An electrophysiological study of cognitive and emotion processing in pre-surgery type I Chiari malformation. The Cerebellum, 17(4), 404-418.

        Houston, J.R., Pollock, J.W., Lien, M.-C., & Allen, P.A. (2018). Emotional Arousal Deficit or Emotional Regulation Bias? An Electrophysiological Study of Age-Related Differences in Emotion Perception. Experimental Aging Research, 44(3), 187-205.

        Eppelheimer, M.S., Houston, J.R., Bapuraj, J.R., Labuda, R., Loth, D.M., Braun, A.M., Allen, N.J., Heidari Pahlavian, S., Biswas, D., Urbizu, A., Martin, B.A., Maher, C.O., Allen, P.A., & Loth, F. (2018). A retrospective morphometric analysis of adult female Chiari type I patients with commonly reported and related conditions. Frontiers in Neuroanatomy, 12, 2.

        Houston J.R., Eppelheimer M.S., Pahlavian S.H., Biswas D., Urbizu A., Martin B.A., Bapuraj J.R., Luciano M., Allen P.A., Loth F. (2018). A morphometric assessment of type I Chiari malformation above the McRae line: A retrospective case-control study in 302 adult female subjects. Journal of Neuroradiology, 45(1), 23-31.

        Allen, P.A., Delahanty, D., Kaut, K.P., Li, X., Garcia, M., Houston, J.R., Tokar, D.M., Loth, F., Maleki, J., Vorster, S., & Luciano, M.G. (2018). Chiari 1000 Registry Project: assessment of surgical outcome on self-focused attention, pain, and delayed recall. Psychological Medicine, 48(10), 1634-1643.

        Houston, J.R., Bennett, I.J., Allen, P.A., & Madden D.J. (2016). Visual acuity does not moderate effect sizes of higher-level cognitive tasks. Experimental Aging Research, 42(3), 221-263.

        Zelin, A.I., Erchull, M.J., & Houston, J.R. (2015). Is everybody doing it? Perceptions and misperceptions of sexual behavior in the college freshman population. Gender Issues 32(3), 139-163.

        Allen, P.A., Houston, J.R., & Pollock, J.W., et al. (2014). Influence of Chiari Malformation Type I on executive function and episodic memory. PLoS ONE, (4), e94844.

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        Presentations

        Representative presentations (see https://jamesrhouston.com for full listing)

        García, M., Eppelheimer, M. S., Houston, J. R., Houston, M. L., Talla Nwotchouang, B. S., Kaut, K. P., Labuda, R., Bapuraj, J. R., Maleki, J., Klinge, P. M., Vorster, S. J., Luciano, M. G., Loth, F., & Allen, P. A. (2020). Talk presented at the Bobby Jones CSF Fall 2020 Research Meeting

        Houston, J.R. (2019). Exploring the current perspecti...

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        Representative presentations (see https://jamesrhouston.com for full listing)

        García, M., Eppelheimer, M. S., Houston, J. R., Houston, M. L., Talla Nwotchouang, B. S., Kaut, K. P., Labuda, R., Bapuraj, J. R., Maleki, J., Klinge, P. M., Vorster, S. J., Luciano, M. G., Loth, F., & Allen, P. A. (2020). Talk presented at the Bobby Jones CSF Fall 2020 Research Meeting

        Houston, J.R. (2019). Exploring the current perspectives on cognitive and emotional aging: What does the research suggest about our aging minds? Keynote presented at the Annual Meeting for the Middle Tennessee Psychological Association, Murfreesboro, TN.

        Allen, P.A., Houston, J.R., Hughes, M.L., Bennett, I.J., Loth, F., Rogers, J.M., Stoodley, M.A., Luciano, M.G., & Voster, S.J. (2019). Structural Integrity (DTI) and Functional Connectivity (Resting-State fMRI) in Chiari Malformation Type I: The Effects of Pain and Cognition. Talk presented at the 2nd Annual CSF Flow Meeting, Buffalo, NY.

        Houston, J.R., Lien, M-C., Hughes, M.L., Mallik, P.R., & Allen, P.A. (2017). Aging and context effects in working memory: an event-related potential investigation. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting for the Psychonomic Society, Vancouver, BC.

        Hughes, M.L., Houston, J.R., Lien, M-C., Vorster, S., Luciano, M.G., Loth, F., & Allen, P.A. (2017). Investigating Neurological Correlates of Chiari Malformation Type I Symptomatology: A Diffusion Tensor Imaging Study of Cognition and Pain. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting for the Psychonomic Society, Vancouver, BC.

        Allen, P.A.,Houston, J.R. (2017). Proposal of a “Cerebellar” Cognitive Test Battery – Adult Perspective. Talk presented at the 2nd Annual Cerebrospinal Fluid Disorders Symposium, Providence, RI.

        Houston, J.R., Allen, P.A., Luciano, M.G., Vorster, S., & Loth, F. (2016). Chiari Malformation and Hyper-Vigilance: An EEG Study. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting for the Psychonomic Society, Boston, MA.

        Houston, J.R., Rossmiller, A.C., & Allen, P.A. (2016). Case mixing does not modulate the Stroop effect. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.

        Houston, J.R., Pollock, J.W., Lien, M-C., & Allen, P.A. (2015). An ERP investigation of age-related disruption of affective integration during the processing of emotional faces. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting for the Psychonomic Society, Chicago, IL.

        Allen, P.A., & Houston, J.R. (2014). Influence of Chiari Malformation I on affective and cognitive performance. Talk presented at the International Conquer Chiari Research Conference, Akron, OH.

        Houston, J.R., Lien, M.-C., & Allen, P.A., (2014). Aging and the processing of emotional words, an event-related potential approach. Poster presented at The Gerontological Society of America’s 67th Annual Scientific Meeting, Washington, D.C.

        Houston, J.R., Bennett, I.J., Allen, P.A., & Madden D.J., (2014). Age group comparisons in cognitive aging: Do visual acuity criteria matter? Poster presented at The Gerontological Society of America's 67th Annual Scientific Meeting, Washington, D.C.

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        Courses

        PSY 3020: Basic statistics for Behavioral Science (Fall & Spring)

        PSY 3590: Personality (Summer)

        PSY 4610/5610: Adult Development and Aging Psychology (Fall & Spring)

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        PSY 3990: Research in Psychology (at request)

        PSY 3990: Undergraduate independent reading, Topic: Neurocognitive Aging (at request)

        PSY 6600: Graduate independent reading, Topic: Clinical Gerontology (at request)