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Psychological Sciences at MU
John Kerns

John Kerns, Tutor

Associate Professor
214 McAlester Hall
Cognitive and Emotional Control Lab

Research area(s):

The psychological and neural basis of cognitive and emotional control and their role in the development of schizophrenia and its symptoms (e.g., disorganized speech, negative symptoms). Treatment of cognitive and neural deficits in schizophrenia.



Becker, T. M., Kerns, J. G., MacDonald, A. W. III, & Carter, C. S. (2008). Prefrontal dysfunction in first-            degree relatives of schizophrenia patients during a Stroop task. Neuropsychopharmacology, 33, 2619-2625. PMID: 18216774.

Cicero, D. C., & Kerns, J. G. (2010). Can disorganized and positive schizotypy be discriminated from dissociation? Journal of Personality, 78, 1239-1270. PMID: 20545816.

Cicero, D. C., Kerns, J. G., & McCarthy, D. M. (2010). The aberrant salience inventory: A new measure of psychosis proneness. Psychological Assessment, 22, 688-701.

Kerns, J. G. (2006). Anterior cingulate and prefrontal cortex activity in an fMRI study of trial-to-trial adjustments on the Simon task. NeuroImage, 33, 399-405. PMID: 16876434.

Kerns, J. G. (2006). Schizotypy facets, cognitive control, and emotion. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 115, 418-427. PMID: 16866583.

Kerns, J. G. (2007). Experimental manipulation of cognitive control processes causes an increase in communication disturbances in healthy volunteers. Psychological Medicine, 37, 995-1004. PMID:17224091.

Kerns, J. G. (2007). Verbal communication impairments and cognitive control components in people with schizophrenia. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 116, 279-289. PMID: 17516761.

Kerns, J. G., & Berenbaum, H. (2002). Cognitive impairments associated with formal thought disorder in people with schizophrenia. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 111, 211-224. PMID: 12003444.

Kerns, J. G., & Berenbaum, H. (2003). The relationship between formal thought disorder and executive functioning component processes.  Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 112, 339-352. PMID: 12943013.

Kerns, J. G., Cohen, J. D., MacDonald, A. W. III, Cho, R. Y., Stenger, V. A., & Carter, C. S. (2004). Anterior cingulate conflict monitoring and adjustments in control. Science, 303, 1023-1026. PMID: 14963333.

Kerns, J. G., Cohen, J. D., MacDonald, A. W. III, Johnson, M. K., Stenger, V. A., Aizenstein, H., & Carter, C. S. (2005). Decreased conflict and error-related activity in the anterior cingulate cortex in schizophrenia. American Journal of Psychiatry, 162, 1833-1839. PMID: 16199829.

Kerns, J. G., Cohen, J. D., Stenger, V. A., & Carter, C. S. (2004). Prefrontal cortex guides context-appropriate responding during language production. Neuron, 43, 283-291. PMID: 15260963.

Kerns, J. G., Docherty, A. R., & Martin, E. A. (2008). Social and physical anhedonia and valence and arousal aspects of emotional experience. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 117, 735-746.

Kerns, J. G., Nuechterlein, K. H., Braver, T. S., & Barch, D. M. (2008). Executive functioning component mechanisms and schizophrenia. Biological Psychiatry, 64, 26-33. PMID: 18549874.

MacDonald, A. W. III., Carter, C. S., Kerns, J. G., Ursu, S., Barch, D. M., Homes,    A. J., Stenger, V. A., & Cohen, J. D. (2005). Specificity of prefrontal dysfunction and context processing deficits to schizophrenia in a never medicated first-episode psychotic sample. American Journal of Psychiatry, 162, 475-484. PMID: 15741464.

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