Vanderbilt University
Institute of Imaging Science

Laurie Cutting, Ph.D.

Patrica and Rodes Hart Associate Professor

Contact Information
(615) 875-1054


I am interested in brain-behavior relationships as related to how children learn, or educational cognitive neuroscience. In our research, we use both behavioral and neuroimaging methodologies to better understand the course of normal and abnormal development in reading, oral language, and executive function.


We have a number current research projects, including a reading intervention study, a study examining reading comprehension, and a study examining Late-Emerging Reading Disabilities (LERD).  We also have studies examining biological correlates of reading with adults.  


Swett, K., Miller, A.C., Burns, S., Hoeft, F., Davis, N., Petrill, S.A., Cutting, L.E. (2013). Comprehending expository texts: The dynamic neurobiological correlates of building a coherent text representation. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 1-14. PMCID: PMC3860184             

Barquero, L.A., Davis, N., & Cutting, L.E. (2014). Neuroimaging of Reading Intervention: A Systematic Review and Activation Likelihood Estimate Meta Analysis. PLOS ONE, DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0083668.

Cutting, L.E., Clements-Stephens, A., Pugh, K.R., Burns, S., Cao, A., Pekar, J., Davis, N., & Rimrodt, S.L. (2013). Not All Reading Disabilities are Dyslexia: Distinct Neurobiology of Specific Comprehension Deficits. Brain Connectivity, 3, 199-213. PMCID: PMC3634135.

Clements-Stephens, A.M., Materek, A.D., Eason, S.H., Scarborough, H.S., Pugh, K.R., Rimrodt, S., Pekar, J.J., & Cutting, L.E. (2012). Neural circuitry associated with two different approaches to novel word learning. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience. PMCID: PMC3295245.

Cutting, L.E., Clements, A.M., Courtney, S., Rimrodt, S., Schafer, J., Bisesi, J., Pekar, J.J., & Pugh, K.R. (2006). Differential components of sentence comprehension: Beyond single word reading and memory. Neuroimage, 29, 429-38. PMID: 16253527.