Adam John Privitera

Educational Background

2022: PhD, Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong, China

2010: MA, Psychology, State University of New York at Buffalo, USA

2007: BA, Psychology, State University of New York at Buffalo, USA

Biography

I am trained as a cognitive psychologist and neuroscientist with experience conducting research in humans and non-human animals. I love working with students who are interested in developing research skills in the behavioral sciences, or even those who simply find these fields interesting.

Research interests

My research interests are primarily focused on the influence of experiential factors on executive function with a current focus on bilingualism. Additionally, I investigate the real-world consequences of differences in executive function, currently focused on academic performance. As a scientist-educator, I also have a keen interest in collaborating with educational researchers and practitioners to identify opportunities for application of the findings from my work, and the work of others, to the practice of teaching, especially in support of addressing educational inequities. I utilize laboratory, classroom, and Internet-based methods of experimentation in my work, studying a wide age range from early adolescence to late adulthood.

Selected Publications/scholarly and creative work

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Journal Articles

Carthery-Goulart, M. T., Privitera, A. J., Weekes, B. S. (in preparation). Does language distance modulate the contribution of bilingualism to cognitive reserve in seniors? A systematic review. American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease & Other Dementias. SCI

Privitera, A. J., Momenian, M., & Weekes, B.S. (under review). Modeling the Bilingual Advantage: Do Results Differ Between Fixed and Mixed-Effects Analyses? Ampersand. DOAJ

Xie, X.*, Zhou, Y.*, Lu, K.*, & Privitera, A. J. (under review). What are the Benefits of Developing Your Second Language? Frontiers for Young Minds.

Sun, R., Chan, C., Hsiao, J., Privitera, A. J., Gao, J., & Tang, A. C. (under review). Exploring the Possibility of Tracking Gaze Positions from EEG: an EEG-based Virtual Eye-Tracker. Brain and Behavior. SCI

Privitera, A. J., & Du, H. (under review). Bringing the Brain into Teacher Education: Supporting Neurotechnology Adoption and Effective Teaching in China. Beijing International Review of Education.

Tsang, E., Yuen, C. C. Y., Lau, J. C. M., K., V. W., Ma, Wat, M. T. H., Yu, J. Y. Y., Privitera, A. J., Chung, R. C. K., & Chan, C. C. H. (under review). Mental Health in Hong Kong University Students: Impact of Lifestyle Behaviors and Internet Use. Mental Health, Religion & Culture. ESCI

Privitera, A. J., Momenian, M., & Weekes, B.S. (under review). Graded Bilingual Effects on Attentional Network Function in Chinese High School Students. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition. SSCI

Privitera, A. J., & Weekes, B.S. (under review). Scoping Review of Research Practices in the Investigation of Bilingual Effects on Inhibition and Attention in Young People. International Journal of Bilingualism. SSCI

Privitera, A. J. (accepted). On the Utility of the P3 as a Neuromarker of Academic Performance: A Brief Review. Italian Journal of Educational Technology. DOAJ

Privitera, A. J., Zhou, Y.*, & Xie, X.* (2022). Inhibitory Control Predicts Academic Performance Beyond Fluid Intelligence and Processing Speed in English-Immersed Chinese High Schoolers. Child Neuropsychology. SCI

Privitera, A. J., Sun, R., & Tang, A. C. (2022). A resting-state network for novelty: similar involvement of a global network under rest and task conditions. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, 323. SCI

Privitera, A. J., & Tang, A. C. (2022). Functional significance of individual differences in P3 network spatial configuration. Journal of Psychophysiology. https://doi.org/10.1027/0269-8803/a000295. SSCI/SCI

Privitera, A. J., Momenian, M., & Weekes, B.S. (2022). Task-Specific Bilingual Effects in Mandarin-English Speaking High School Students in China. Current Research in Behavioral Sciences, 3. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.crbeha.2022.100066. DOAJ

Privitera, A. J., & Weekes, B.S. (2021). Protocol for a Scoping Review of Research Practices in the Investigation of Bilingual Effects on Inhibition and Attentional Function in Young People. Social Science Protocols, 4. https://doi.org/10.7565/ssp.v4.5760

Privitera, A. J. (2021). A scoping review of research on neuroscience training for teachers. Trends in Neuroscience and Education, 42https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tine.2021.100157. ESCI

Tang, A. C., Privitera, A. J., Fung, R., & Hua, Y. (2021). Task-Free Recovery and Spatial Characterization of a Globally Synchronized Network from Resting-State EEG. In W. Gao, J. Zhan, Y. Zhang, Q. Gong, C. Rong, Y. Zhang, L. Wang, T. Wu, W. Qian, X. Si, J. Xu, & Z. Qiu (Eds.), Communications in Computer and Information Science. Springer Verlag. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-16-1160-5_3. Scopus

Privitera, A. J. (2020). Overcoming Textbook Access Barriers in an Introductory Psychology Course: A Community College OER Study.  The International Journal of Open Educational Resources3(2). https://doi.org/10.18278/ijoer.3.2.11

Wang, D., Privitera, A. J., Jiang, Y., & Zai, Z. (2020). What does bathroom graffiti reveal about young adults in China? Journal of Youth Studies23(7) 945-958. https://doi.org/10.1080/13676261.2019.1645947. SSCI

Wang, D., & Privitera, A. J. (2019). Beyond Self -Report Methods: Sand Tray Used in Resilience Evaluation. The Arts in Psychotherapy, 63, 60-67. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.aip.2019.03.001. SSCI

Gerbasi, K. C., Bernstein, P. L., Conway, S., Scaletta, L. L., Privitera, A., Paolone, N, & Higner, J. (2008). Furries from A to Z (Anthropomorphism to Zoomorphism). Society & Animals, 16, 197-222. https://doi.org/10.1163/156853008X323376. SSCI

 

Preprints

Tsang, E., Yuen, C. C. Y., Lau, J. C. M., K., V. W., Ma, Wat, M. T. H., Yu, J. Y. Y., Privitera, A. J., Chung, R. C. K., & Chan, C. C. H. (2021, May 18). Influences of Lifestyle Profiles and Problematic Internet Use on Mental Distress in University Students. https://doi.org/10.31234/osf.io/rcvh4

Privitera, A. J., Fung, R., Hua, Y., & Tang, A. C. (2020). Hits-Based Quantitative Characterization of SOBI-Recovered P3 Network Configuration: an EEG Source-Imaging Study. https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.09.24.312587

Tang, A. C., & Privitera, A. J. (2020). Task-Free Recovery and Spatial Characterization of a P3-Like Global Network from Resting-State EEG. https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.09.27.316141

 

Conference Papers

Privitera, A. J., Zhou, Y.*, Xie, X.*, & Huang, D. (2022). Inhibitory Control Predicts Academic Performance Beyond Fluid Intelligence and Processing Speed in English-Immersed Chinese High Schoolers. Paper accepted for publication in Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society. (Vol. 44).

Privitera, A. J., Momenian, M., & Weekes, B.S. (July, 2021). Improved Monitoring Associated with Higher Levels of Reported L2 Proficiency in Chinese High School Students. Paper presented at the 13th International Symposium on Bilingualism, Warsaw, Poland.

Privitera, A.J. (2020, November). Neuroscience in Teacher Education: A Review of the Existing Research. Paper presented at the 2020 Asia-Pacific Education International Postgraduate Research Forum, Taipei, Republic of China (Taiwan).

Tang, A.C., & Privitera, A.J. (2020, October). Task-Free Recovery and Spatial Characterization of a Globally Synchronized Network from Resting-State EEG. Paper presented at the 2020 International Symposium on Intelligent Medical Technology, Qingdao, China.

 

Oral Presentations

Privitera, A. J., Zhou, Y.*, Xie, X.*, & Huang, D. (July, 2022). Inhibitory Control Predicts Academic Performance Beyond Fluid Intelligence and Processing Speed in English-Immersed Chinese High Schoolers. Oral presentation at the 44th annual meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Zhang, J.*, & Privitera, A. J. (June, 2021). The Processing of Classifier Relations in a Priming Task. Oral presentation at the 6th China International Symposium on Psycholinguistics, Hangzhou Zhejiang, China.

Privitera, A. J., Momenian, M., Bakhtiar, M., & Weekes, B.S. (November, 2021). Mixed-Effects Modeling of Executive Function: Evidence from Bilingual Speakers. Accepted oral presentation at the 62nd annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, New Orleans, LA, USA.

Privitera, A. J., Momenian, M., Bakhtiar, M., & Weekes, B.S. (October, 2021). Graded Bilingual Effects in Mandarin-English Bi-Scriptal Bilingual Adolescents: Evidence from Simon and Flanker Tasks. Accepted oral presentation at the Bilingualism Matters Research Symposium 2021, Edinburgh, UK.

 

Poster Presentations

Privitera, A. J., & Zhou, Y.* (July, 2022). Chinese Dialect Proficiency and Executive Function: Evidence from the Simon Task. Poster accepted for presentation at the 44th annual meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Zhang, J.*, & Privitera, A. J. (June, 2022). Implicit Classifier Effect in a Mediated Priming Task. Poster accepted for presentation at the International Max Planck Research School Conference 2022, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

Privitera, A. J., Momenian, M., & Weekes, B.S. (2021, July). A Bilingual Inhibitory Control Advantage in Mandarin-English Speaking High School Students in China: An Internet-Based Study. Poster accepted for presentation at the annual meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Vienna, Austria.

Privitera, A. J., Momenian, M., & Weekes, B.S. (2021, June). Internet-based Assessment of an Inhibitory Control Advantage in Bilingual Chinese High School Students. Poster presented at BeOnline 2021, Online.

Privitera, A.J., & Tang, A.C. (2020, May). Reliability and variability of the P3 network configuration revealed by a novel multi-resolution source-space analysis. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, Boston, MA, USA.

Privitera, A. J., Suarez, M., Daniels, D., Thompson, A. C. (2009, September). Effects of Chronic Cocaine on Hypothalamic Oxytocin-Like Immunoreactivity and Social Behavior. Poster presented at the annual UB Neuroscience Research Day, Buffalo, NY, USA

Privitera, A. J., DiPirro, J. M., Daniels, D., Thompson, A. C. (2008, November). Effects of systemic MDMA treatment on basal oxytocin and vasopressin levels in the hypothalamus. Annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, Washington, DC, USA.

Privitera, A. J., Grakowsky, J. A., Hausknecht, K, A., Suarez, M., Caven, A. P., Richards, J. B., Thompson, A. C. (2007, November). Long-term methamphetamine self-administration enhances behavior inhibition in a stop signal reaction time task. Annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, San Diego, CA, USA.

DiPirro, J. M., Privitera, A. J., Caven, A. P., Platt, D. W., Thompson, A. C. (2007, November). Effects of periadolescent MDMA use on body temperature, pain threshold and social behavior in rats treated in a repeated binge exposure model. Annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, San Diego, CA, USA.

Gerbasi, K. C., Paolone, N, Higner, J. Scaletta, L. L., Privitera, A., Bernstein, P.L., & Conway, S. (2007, May). The furry identity: Species identity disorder? Annual meeting of the Society for Research on Identity Formation, Washington, DC, USA.

 

Book Chapters

Privitera, A. J. (2015). Sensation and Perception. In E. Diener & R. Biswas-Diener (Eds.), Noba Textbook Series: Psychology. Champaign, IL: DEF Publishers.

 

Other Publications

Privitera, A. J. (2015). Teaching Biological Psychology for the Introduction to Psychology Instructor. DEF Publishers.

Privitera, A. J. (2015, August 28). Adopting an Open Psychology Textbook at Chemeketa [Web log post]. Retrieved from http://openoregon.org/adopting-an-open-psychology-textbook-at-chemeketa/

 

Courses

PSY 1000 General Psychology

PSY 3200 Psychological Statistics

PSY 4230 Experimental Psychology

PSY 4390 Cognitive Processes

PSY 4960 Special topic: Psychopharmacology

PSY 4960 Special topic: Bilingualism, Mind & Brain