James Rounds
Ph.D. student

170 Academic Surge Building B


Through my life and research experiences, I've become fascinated with the question: how do we tap into our full potential? Specifically, I investigate "learning readiness", or the pre-stimulus neural and cognitive features that predict learning success. I believe these clues will reveal the depths of an individual's potential to learn. And tracking the development of these features, as well as how they vary over time, across individuals from diverse backgrounds, and across lifespans, will provide valuable insights into how to maximize tapped potential in our educational systems, work environments, and personal lives. With research and laboratory management experience spanning all five kingdoms of life, in the public and private sectors, I have benefited from exposure to a wide diversity of research goals and techniques. With a number of years of experience using EEG, fMRI and psychophysiology research methods, and under the guidance of my advisor Prof. Vivian Zayas and committee members Prof. Adam Anderson and Prof. Saleh Kalantari, I believe my graduate studies in Human Development leave me poised to successfully pursue these research questions.


Chick, C.F., Rounds, J.D., Hill, A.B., & Anderson, A.K. (2020). My Body, Your Emotions: Viscerosomatic modulation of facial expression discrimination. Biological Psychology, 149, 107779.

Rieger, G., Cash, B.M., Merrill, S.M., Jones-Rounds, J.D., Dharmavaram, S. M., & Savin-Williams, R.C. (2015). Sexual arousal: The correspondence of eyes and genitals. Biological Psychology, 104, 56-64.

Posters and Published Conference Abstracts (*- as poster presenter)

Rounds, J.D.*, Dittgen, S.K.*, Ni, M., Leung, N., Unsworth, L., Lee, R.T., & Zayas, V. (2020, Feb. 28). Implicit ambivalence towards significant others: Neurophysiological evidence. Poster presented at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

Garavito, D.M.N., Rounds, J.D., Reyna, V.F., Zhao, I., Nudelman, N.T., Chen, M. (2019, Nov. 16). “You’re not you when you’re hungry”: The effects of drive states on the correlation between alpha and theta frontal asymmetry and impulsivity in adults and adolescents. Poster presented at the Society for Judgment and Decision-Making Annual Meeting, Montréal, Que., CA.

Li, X., Ljubojevic, V.,  Jones-Rounds, J.D., & De Rosa, E.D. (2017, Nov. 12). Cholinergic implications in a cross-species investigation of cortical network dynamics in feature binding. Poster presented at the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.

Chick, C.F., Jones-Rounds, J.D., Hill, A.B., Sokale, A.O., Markello, R.D., & Anderson, A.K. (2017, May 26). Interoceptive accuracy predicts discrimination of ambiguous facial expressions. Symposium presented at: 29th American Psychological Society Annual Convention, Boston, MA.

Chick, C.F., Reyna, V.F., Weldon, R.B., Corbin, J.C., Jones-Rounds, J.D., Setton, R.A., & Blansky, D. (2014, Nov. 26). Neural mechanisms of risky choice framing effects vary with numeracy and metacognition: A Fuzzy-Trace Theory analysis. Poster presented at: Society for Neuroeconomics Annual Meeting, Miami, FL.

Athilingam, J., Jones-Rounds, J.D.*, Post, D.L., Ganzel, B.L., & Belmonte, M.K. (2014, Sep. 12). Temporo-parietal source localization and functional connections of the N250 emotion-related potential evoked by social and non-social stimuli. Poster presented at: 4th Biennial Resting State and Brain Connectivity Conference, Cambridge, MA.

Jones-Rounds, J.D.*, & Raizada, R. (2013 Sep. 6). Putting a low-cost, mobile EEG system through its paces with a walking auditory oddball task. Poster presented at The International Conference on Basic and Clinical Multimodal Imaging (BaCI), Geneva, Switzerland.

  • Poster abstracts published:

He, B. J., Nolte, G., Nagata, K., Takano, D., Yamazaki, T., Fujimaki, Y., Maeda, T., Satoh, Y., Heckers, S., George, M. S., Lopes da Silva, F., de Munck, J. C., Van Houdt, P. J., Verdaasdonk, R. M., Ossenblok, P., Mullinger, K., Bowtell, R., Bagshaw, A. P., Keeser, D., Karch, S., … Horn, H. (2013). Abstracts of Presentations at the International Conference on Basic and Clinical Multimodal Imaging (BaCI), a Joint Conference of the International Society for Neuroimaging in Psychiatry (ISNIP), the International Society for Functional Source Imaging (ISFSI), the International Society for Bioelectromagnetism (ISBEM), the International Society for Brain Electromagnetic Topography (ISBET), and the EEG and Clinical Neuroscience Society (ECNS), in Geneva, Switzerland, September 5-8, 2013. Clinical EEG and Neuroscience, 44, E1-E121. https://doi.org/10.1177/1550059413507209

Rounds, J.D.*, Jones, B.C., Chessler, E.J., Beard, J.L., Fletcher, S., & Klebig, M.L. (2006, Nov. 12). Hypomorphic mutations of the clathrin-assembly gene Picalm confer brain iron deficiency and behavioral abnormalities consistent with dopaminergic system defects. Poster presented at the 20th International Mammalian Genome Conference, Charleston, SC.

I am the father of three amazing boys, a husband to an incredible partner, a musical contributor to a Grammy-nominated children's album ("Healthy Food for Thought: Good Enough to Eat" which raised funds for healthy school food programs), a long-time advocate for youth engagement via the HOBY organization, and recently as President of my children's elementary school PTA organization. I have promoted STEM career opportunities and skills for hundreds of youth of various ages, including those from typically underrepresented groups, and have volunteered hundreds of hours towards improving regional sustainability efforts, most often with Cornell Cooperative Extension and their Master Composter program.

Pennsylvania State University, B.S. in Science, Minor in Neuroscience, 2006.
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