Areas of Study
Email Address
Taylor Science Center 3059, lab 3045

Alexandra List received a National Institutes of Health National Research Service Award for both her doctoral and post-doctoral research. List's research has focused on understanding how we perceive and attend to visual, auditory and haptic information in our environment. She uses a variety of human cognitive neuroscience techniques. Her work has been published in various journals, including Cognition, Brain, the Journal of Vision, Neuropsychologia and the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance. She earned her bachelor's degree in cognitive science and doctorate in psychology at the University of California, Berkeley.

Recent Courses Taught

Fundamentals of Human Neuroscience
Cognitive Neuroscience Lab
Introduction to Psychology
Sensation and Perception


  • Hamilton College Class of 1966 Career Development Award, 2014
  • National Institutes of Health, NINDS, Ruth L. Kirchstein National Research Service Award, individual post-doctoral fellowship, 2007-10
  • Brain Travel Fellowship, Cognitive Neuroscience Society, 2009
  • Brain Travel Fellowship, European Workshop on Cognitive Neuropsychology, 2008
  • Veterans’ Affairs, Special Contribution Award, 2006
  • National Institutes of Health, NINDS, Ruth L. Kirchstein National Research Service Award, individual pre-doctoral fellowship, 2004-06
  • Fellow, Summer Institute in Cognitive Neuroscience, Dartmouth College, 2005
  • National Institutes of Health, Human Cognitive Neuroscience Training Fellowship, 2001-03
  • National Science Foundation, Graduate Student Research Fellowship Honorable Mention, 2001
  • National Science Foundation Travel Fellowship, The 31st Carnegie Mellon University Symposium on Cognition, “Perceptual Organization in Vision: Behavioral and Neural Perspectives," 2000

Selected Publications

  • List, A., Rosenberg, M.D., Sherman, A., Esterman, M. (2017) Pattern classification of EEG signals reveals perceptual and attentional states. PLOS ONE, doi:10.1371/JOURNAL.PONE.0176349
  • List, A., Iordanescu, L., Grabowecky, M., & Suzuki, S. (2014). Haptic guidance of overt visual attention. Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, 76, 2221-2228. doi: 10.3758/s13414-014-0696-1
  • List, A, Grabowecky, M., & Suzuki, S. (2013). Local and global level-priming occurs for hierarchical stimuli composed of outlined, but not filled-in, elements. Journal of Vision, 13(2): 23. doi:10.1167/13.2.23
  • Bultitude, J. H., List, A., & Aimola Davies, A. M. (2013). Prism adaptation does not alter object-based attention in healthy participants. F1000Research, 2, 232. doi:10.12688/f1000research.2-232.v1
  • Van der Stigchel, S., van Koningsbruggen, M., Nijboer, T., List, A., & Rafal, R. D. (2012). The role of the frontal eye fields in the oculomotor inhibition of reflexive saccades: Evidence from lesion patients. Neuropsychologia, 50(1), 198-203. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2011.11.020
  • List, A., & Justus, T. (2010). Relative priming of temporal local-global levels in auditory hierarchical stimuli. Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, 72, 193-208. doi:10.3758/APP.72.1.193
  • Bultitude, J., Rafal, R.D., & List, A. (2009). Prism adaptation reverses the local processing bias in patients with right temporo-parietal junction lesions. Brain, 132, 1669-1677. doi: 10.1093/brain/awp096
  • List, A., Brooks, J.L., Esterman, M., Flevaris, A., Landau, A.N., Bowman, G., Stanton, V., VanVleet, T., Robertson L.C., & Schendel, K.L.P. (2008). Visual hemispatial neglect, reassessed. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 14, 243-256. doi: 10.1017/S1355617708080284
  • Albrecht, A., List, A., & Robertson, L.C. (2008). Attentional selection and the representation of holes and objects. Journal of Vision, 8(13):8, 1–10. doi: 10.1167/8.13.8
  • List, A., & Robertson, L.C. (2007). Inhibition of return and object-based attentional orienting. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception & Performance, 33, 1322-1334. doi: 10.1037/0096-1523.33.6.1322
  • List, A., & Justus, T. (2007). Auditory priming of frequency and temporal information: Effects of lateralized presentation. Laterality, 12, 507-535. doi: 10.1080/13576500701566727
  • List, A., Justus, T., Robertson, L.C., & Bentin, S. (2007). A mismatch negativity study of local-global auditory processing. Brain Research, 1153, 122-133. doi: 10.1016/j.brainres.2007.03.040
  • List, A. (2006). Reviewers' reports should in turn be peer-reviewed. Nature (Correspondence), 442, 26. doi: 10.1038/442026a
  • List, A., & Landau, A. (2006). Attention and intention, decoded! Journal of Neuroscience (Journal Club), 26, 6907-6908
  • Brooks, J. L., & List, A. (2006). Searching for a role for the frontal eye fields in the visual attention network. Journal of Neuroscience (Journal Club), 26, 2145-2146
  • Justus, T., & List, A. (2005). Auditory attention to frequency and time: An analogy to visual local-global stimuli. Cognition, 98, 31-51.
  • List, A.*, Landau, A.N.*, Brooks, J.L., Flevaris, A., Fortenbaugh, F., Esterman, M., VanVleet, T., Albrecht, A., Alvarez, B., Robertson L.C., & Schendel, K.L.P. (2011). Shifting attention in viewer- and object-based reference frames after unilateral brain injury. (* equal contributors) Neuropsychologia, 49(7), 2090-2096. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2011.04.003

Professional Affiliations

Cognitive Neuroscience Society
Society for Neuroscience
Vision Sciences Society
Psychonomic Society
Sigma Xi
Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience 

Appointed to the Faculty


Educational Background

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
B.A., University of California, Berkeley

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