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Sharee Light

Assistant Professor    ,

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2013


Clinical neuropsychological and psychological evaluation of adults with emphasis on changes in social cognition associated with neurological disorders such as dementia, demyelinating diseases, stroke, and traumatic brain injury; and psychological disorders such as Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) and schizophrenia.


Dr. Light was recently hired as an Assistant Professor in the Psychology department at Georgia State University. She received her PhD in 2013 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and completed post-doctoral training at the University of Michigan Medical School.

Her work is primarily in the field of affective neuroscience and clinical neuropsychology. She is especially interested in the influence of the prefrontal cortex in modulating emotional experience, particularly positively valenced emotions such as joy and social emotions such as empathy. She is also interested in the symptom of anhedonia as it cuts across several disorders including Major Depressive Disorder, schizophrenia, Parkinson’s disease, and dementia.  Dr. Light uses fMRI, EEG, and EMG techniques. She is interested in improving the assessment of affect during the course of the traditional clinical neuropsychological assessment.


Drag, L.L., Light, S.N., Langenecker, S.A., Hazlett, K.E., Wilde, E.A., Welsh, R., Steinberg, B.A. & Bieliauskas, L.A. (2015). Patterns of frontoparietal activation as a marker for unsuccessful visuospatial processing in healthy aging. Brain Imaging and Behavior, DOI: 10.1007/s11682-015-9428-y.

Light, S.N., Moran, Z.D., Swander, L., Le, V., Cage, B., Burghy, C., Westbrooke, C., Greishar, L. & Davidson, R.J. (2015). Electromyographically assessed empathic concern and empathic happiness predict increased prosocial behavior in adults. Biological Psychology, 104, 116-129.

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