Evangelia G. Chrysikou, PhD

Social and Behavioral Sciences -
Assistant Professor
Director, Ph.D. Program in Cognitive and Brain Sciences Director, B.S. Program in Behavioral Neuroscience
Primary office:
Fraser Hall, 457
University of Kansas
1415 Jayhawk Boulevard
Lawrence, KS 66045-7556
Second office:
Fraser Hall





Selected Publications

Lepping, R. J., Atchley, R., Chrysikou, E. G., Martin, L. E., Claire, Ingram, R. E., Simmons, K., & Savage, C. (2016). Neural processing of emotional musical and non-musical stimuli in depression [Journal Articles]. 10.1371/journal.pone.0156859.
Chrysikou, E. G., & Thompson, W. J. (2016). Assessing cognitive and affective empathy through the interpersonal reactivity index: An argument against a two-factor model [Journal Articles]. 23(6), 769–777.
Chrysikou, E. G., Motyka, K., Nigro, C., Yang, S., & Thompson-Schill, S. L. (2016). Functional fixedness  in creative thinking tasks depends on stimulus modality [Journal Articles]. 10(4), 425–435. https://doi.org/10.1037/aca0000050
Chrysikou, E. G., Weber, M., & Thompson-Schill, S. L. (2014). A matched filter hypothesis for cognitive control [Journal Articles]. 62, 341–355.
Yee, E., Chrysikou, E. G., Hoffman, E., & Thompson-Schill, S. L. (2013). Manual experience shapes object representations [Journal Articles]. 24, 909–919.
Chrysikou, E. G., Hamilton, R. H., Coslett, H. B., Datta, A., Bikson, M., & Thompson-Schill, S. L. (2013). Non-­invasive transcranial direct current stimulation over the left prefrontal cortex facilitates cognitive flexibility in tool use [Journal Articles]. 4, 81–89.
Ramey, C. H., Chrysikou, E. G., & Reilly, J. (2013). Snapshots of children’s changing
biases during language development: Differential weighting of perceptual and linguistic factors predicts noun age-­of-­acquisition
[Journal Articles]. 14, 573-592.
Chrysikou, E. G., & Thompson-Schill, S. L. (2011). Dissociable brains states linked to common and creative object use [Journal Articles]. 32, 665–675.
Casasanto, D., & Chrysikou, E. G. (2011). Motor fluency shapes abstract concepts [Journal Articles]. 22, 419–422.
Thompson-Schill, S. L., Ramscar, M., & Chrysikou, E. G. (2009). Cognition without control: When a little frontal lobe goes a long way [Journal Articles]. 18, 259–263.
Chrysikou, E. G. (2006). When shoes become hammers: Goal-­derived categorization training enhances problem solving performance [Journal Articles]. 32, 935–942.
Chrysikou, E. G., & Weisberg, R. W. (2005). Following the wrong footsteps: Fixation effects of pictorial examples in a design problem-­solving task [Journal Articles]. 31, 1134–1148.
Chrysikou, E. G., Gorey, C., & Aupperle, R. L. (accepted/in press). Anodal transcranial direct current stimulation over right dorsolateral prefrontal cortex alters decision making during approach-avoidance conflict. [Journal Articles]. 10.1093/scan/nsw140.
Chrysikou, E. G. (accepted/in press). The Costs and Benefits of Cognitive Control for Creativity [Book Chapters].

Selected Grants

Understanding the Effects of Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation for the Modification of Functional and Neurochemical Targets in Unipolar Depression. Brain & Behavior Research Foundation. $70000.00. Submitted 2/24/2015 (1/15/2016 - 1/14/2018). Foundation. Status: Funded
Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation to Enhance Generation of Novel Uses. The Imagination Institute—Templeton Foundation (peer reviewed). $175000.00. Submitted 2/1/2015 (7/1/2015 - 6/30/2017). Private. Status: Funded
The Role of Attention in Semantic Memory Retrieval: A Magnetoencephalography Investigation. $15000.00. Submitted 2/1/2015 (7/1/2015 - 6/30/2016). University (KU or KUMC). Status: Funded
Using Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy to Investigate the Effects of Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation on Prefrontal Cortex Function. $8000.00. (9/1/2013 - 8/31/2015). University (KU or KUMC). Status: Funded. Role:PI
Functional Neuromodulation of Frontal Cortical Activity with Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation in Unipolar Depression. 8 UL1TR000001-­02. Heartland Institute for Clinical and Translational Research-­CTSA Frontiers Pilot & Collaborative Studies Funding Program. $30000.00. (6/1/2012 - 2/28/2013). University (KU or KUMC). Status: Funded. (Ongoing)
Effects of Psychopathology on Prefrontal Cortical Functioning During Goal-Directed Behavior. 1R21‐MH083029. National Institutes of Health. $275000.00. (8/15/2009 - 6/30/2012). Federal. Status: Funded. The role of this project was to investigate the effects of unipolar depression on the activity of the prefrontal cortex in a series of tasks that vary on their demands on cognitive control using functional magnetic resonance imaging fMRI

Postdoc. I prepared the application and was directing the grant until joining the KU faculty in fall 2011. I submitted the application under my advisor’s name, as per policies regarding submission of grants by post-­‐doctoral fellows at the University of Pennsylvania. (Completed)

Travel Award. National Science Foundation for attendance and participation in the workshop Visual and Spatial Reasoning for Design Creativity, Aix-en-Provence, France. (6/15/2010). Other University. Status: Funded
Travel & Tuition Award. For attendance and participation in the 2009 John Merck Fund Summer Institute on the Biology of Developmental Disabilities, Hosted by the Sackler Institute for Developmental Psychobiology, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. (6/9/2009 - 6/14/2009). Other University. Status: Funded
Travel Award for attendance and participation in the Conference titled “What is the Functional Organization of the Prefrontal Cortex for Executive Function?”. Hosted by the Interdisciplinary Behavioral Science Center and funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) - University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, CO. (1/14/2009 - 1/16/2009). Other University. Status: Funded
Travel Award for attendance and participation in a Workshop for women in science and engineering. Sponsored by the National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Program – Rice University, Houston, TX. (10/31/2008). Other University. Status: Funded. (among 75 participants selected to attend out of more than 1,100 applicants)
Travel Award for International Conference Presentation. American Psychological Association, Committee on International Relations in Psychology. (7/31/2006). Other University. Status: Funded

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