Anjan Chatterjee

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SILC Faculty Member and member of our Spatial Network.

Biographical Sketch: Anjan Chatterjee    

Professional Preparation:

Haverford College, Philosophy, B.A., 1980.

University of Pennsylvania, Medicine, M.D., 1985.

University of Chicago, Neurology, 1989


2008-present, Professor, Department of Neurology, University of Pennsylvania.

1999-2008, Associate Professor, Department of Neurology, University of Pennsylvania.

1998-99, Associate Professor, Department of Neurology, University of Alabama at Birmingham.

1992-96, Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology, University of Alabama at Birmingham.

1990-92, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Neurology, University of Florida.

1989-90, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Neurology, Case Western Reserve University.





Archibald Macintosh Scholar-Athlete Award



Varsity Cup



All American Athlete, Track and Field



American Neurological Association, member



Resident's Teacher of the Year Award University of Alabama at Birmingham



Norman Geschwind Prize in Behavioral and Cognitive Neurology from the American Academy of Neurology

2005, 2008


Best Doctors in America



Fellow, American Academy of Neurology

Five Most Relevant Recent Publications

Wu DH, Chatterjee A: Neural substrate of processing path and manner information of a moving event. Neuropsychologia 46: 704-713, 2008.

Chatterjee A: The neural organization of spatial thought and language. Seminars in Speech and Language 29(3): 226-252, 2008.

Kranjec Alexander, Cardillo Eileen R, Schmidt Gwenda L, Chatterjee Anjan: Prescribed spatial prepositions influence how we think about time. Cognition 114(1): 111-6, Jan


Schmidt GL, Kranjec A, Cardillo ER, Chatterjee A: The Neural Basis of Metaphor: A Critical Assessment. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society. 2009; 16: 1-5

Amorapanth PX, Widick P, Chatterjee A: The neural basis for spatial relations. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience in press.


Five Other Recent Publications

Kable JW, Kan IP, Wilson A, Thompson-Schill SL, Chatterjee A. : Conceptual representations of action in lateral temporal cortex. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 17: 1855-1870, 2005.

Kable J, Chatterjee A. : The specificity of action representations in lateral occipitotemporal cortex.   Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 18: 1498-1517, 2006.

Olson IR, Moore KS, Stark M, Chatterjee A: Visual working memory is impaired when the medial temporal lobe is damaged. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 18: 1087-1097, 2006.

Wu DH, Waller S, Chatterjee A: The functional neuroanatomy of thematic role and locative relational knowledge. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 19: 1542-1555, 2007.

Chen E, Widick P, Chatterjee A: Functional-anatomic organization of predicate metaphor processing. Brain and Language 107: 194-202, 2008.


Selected Synergistic Activities (2000-present):

Course Director Behavioral and Cognitive Neurology, at the Annual Meeting for the American Academy of Neurology.

Member of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology Part 1B question maker’s committee. Develop and write questions in cognitive and behavioral neurology for board certification for neurologists.

Member of the Education Committee of the International Neuropsychological Society.

Teacher in the University of Pennsylvania IRCS/CCN summer undergraduate Cognitive Science program.

Development of a patient data-base as a general resource for research

Board of Managers Member, Haverford College

Associate Director, Penn Center for Neuroscience and Society

Course Director, Penn Conference of Clinical Neuroscience and Society

Member, AAN Behavioral and Cognitive Neurology Executive Committee

Current Editorial Boards: Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, Cognitive Neuropsychology, Neuropsychology, Behavioural Neurology, Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology, Empirical Studies of the Arts.


Collaborators in the Last Four Years:

H Branch Coslett, M.D. University of Pennsylvania

Murray Grossman, M.D. University of Pennsylvania

Geoff Aguirre, M.D., Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania

Martha Farah, Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania

Sharon Thompson-Schill, Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania

Kathy Hirsch-Pasek, Ph.D Temple University
Roberta Golinkoff, Ph.D. University of Delaware

Leonard Talmy, Ph.D, SUNY Buffalo.


Graduate Advisor:

Kenneth Heilman, M.D. University of Florida

Peter J. Whitehouse, M.D., Ph.D. Case Western Reserve University


Thesis Advisor in the Last Five Years (7):

Joseph Kable (Ph.D.) University of Pennsylvania

Prin Amarnopanth (Ph.D.) University of Pennsylvania

Jessica Lease-Spellmeyer (Ph.D.) Hahnemann-Drexel University

Elaine Wencil (Ph.D.) University of Pennsylvania

Robert Langner (Ph.D.) University of Aachen

Benjamine Straube (Ph.D.) University of Marburg

Anh Truong (current) University of Pennsylvania


Post-Doctoral Sponsor last 5 years (7):

Denise Wu, Ph.D. Rice University

Sabrina Smith M.D., Ph.D. NYU

Evan Chen, Ph.D. MIT

Alex Kranjec, Ph.D. City University of New York

Eileen Cardillo, Ph.D. Oxford University

Gwen Schmidt, Ph.D. University of Colorado

Christine Watson, Ph.D., CMU


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