Jane Couperus

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Jane Couperus

Jane Couperus is a developmental cognitive neuroscientist. Her research focuses on the neurological bases of visual selective attention and visual selective attention development. Her work utilizes event related potentials (i.e. electrical activity in the brain) to examine how we select out relevant visual information while simultaneously filtering out non-relevant information in both children (6-12 years) and adults. Couperus teaches courses in child and adolescent psychology and cognitive neuroscience, and courses that combine the two. She also teaches a course on the neuroscience and psychology of sex and gender.

Areas of Expertise

Neural bases of visual selective attention


  • Ph.D., University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • M.A., Claremont Graduate University
  • B.A., Wesleyan University


Recent Campus News

Mount Holyoke visiting professor Jane Couperus was awarded a National Science Foundation grant to bring brain activity analysis techniques to the world.

Recent Grants

Jane Couperus was awarded a National Science Foundation grant for "Collaborative Research: Level II Preparing Undergraduates for Research in STEM-related fields Using Electrophysiology (PURSUE)." The project is for five years. (2019)

Recent Publications

Reed, C.L., Siqi-Liu, A., Chitre, A., Denaro, C., Joshi, J., Petropolis, A., Lodge, M. Couperus, J.W., Bukach, C.M. (2022). Selective contributions of Executive Function Ability to the P3. International Journal of Psychophysiology. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2022.03.004

Reed, C.L., Hagen, E., Bukach, C.M, Couperus, J.W. (2021). Effectiveness of Undergraduate-Generated Animations: Increasing Comprehension and Engagement for Neuroscience Majors and Non-Majors. Teaching of Psychology. 1-13. https://doi.org/10.1177/00986283211023061

Bukach, C.M., Bukach, N., Reed, C.L., & Couperus, J.W. (2021). Open Science as a Path to Education of New Psychophysiologists. International Journal of Psychophysiology. 76-83. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2021.04.001

Couperus, J.W., *Lydic, K.O., *Hollis, J.E., *Roy, J.L, *Lowe, A.R., Bukach, C., Reed., C. (2021). Individual Differences in Working Memory and the N2pc. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience,15, 620413 DOI: 10.3389/fnhum.2021.620413

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