Jill Grose-Fifer

Jill Grose-Fifer

Jill Grose-Fifer
Associate Professor
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10.65.12 NB


PhD University of Aston in Birmingham, U.K
BSc University of Aston in Birmingham, U.K


As a neurophysiologist, Jill Grose-Fifer uses EEG recording to investigate sensory and cognitive function across the lifespan. Her research focuses primarily on brain development during mid and late adolescence with a view to better understanding increased risk taking and other behaviors in these populations.  More recently, she and her student have also used EEG recording to investigate how certain personality traits, such as empathy, may affect how people process emotional information. She is also active in the scholarship of teaching and learning.  She was the recipient of the John Jay Distinguished Teaching Prize in 2009, and the John Jay Outstanding Scholarly Mentor award in 2012.


* = student/recent graduate authors
Peer Review Journal Articles:

Medina*, A., Kirilko*, E., & Grose-Fifer, J. (2016). Emotional processing and psychopathic traits in male college students: An event-related potential study. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 106, 39-49.

diFilipo*, D., & Grose-Fifer, J. (2016). An event-related potential study of social information processing in adolescents. PLoS ONE, 11(5): e0154459. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0154459

Grose-Fifer, J., Migliaccio*, R., & Zottoli*, T. (2014). Feedback processing in adolescence: An event-related potential study of age and gender differences. Developmental Neuroscience,36, 228-238. 

West*, M. L., Lawson*, V. Z., & Grose-Fifer, J. (2014). The effect of neuroscientific deception detection evidence on juror judgments in a criminal trial. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 36(2),133-144.

Hoover*, S., Zottoli*, T., & Grose-Fifer, J. (2014) ERP correlates of malingered executive dysfunction.  International Journal of Psychophysiology, 91(2),139-46.

Grose-Fifer, J., Helmer, K.A., Zottoli*, T.M. (2014). Interdisciplinary Connections and Academic Performance in Psychology–English Learning Communities. Teaching of Psychology,  41, 57-62.  

Grose-Fifer, J. Rodrigues*, A., Hoover*, S., & Zottoli*, T.M. (2013). Attentional capture by emotional faces in adolescence. Advances in Cognitive Psychology, 9, 81-91.

Zottoli*, T. M. & Grose-Fifer, J. (2012). The feedback-related negativity (FRN) in adolescents. Psychophysiology, 49, 413–420.

Grose-Fifer, J., Hoover*, S., Zottoli*, T., Rodrigues*, A. (2011). Expecting the unexpected: An N400 study of risky sentence processing in adolescents. Psychophysiology, 48, 1184–1191.

Phillips, K. P. & Grose-Fifer, J. (2011). A Performance Enhanced Interactive Learning Workshop Model as a Supplement for Organic Chemistry Instruction. Journal of College Science Teaching, 40, 90–98.

Fifer, W.P., Byrd, D.L.,  Kaku, M., Eigsti I-M., Isler, J.R., Grose-Fifer, J., Tarullo, A.R. & Balsam, P.D. (2010). Newborns learn during sleep.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 107, 10320–10323.

Isler, J.R., Grose-Fifer, J.,Grieve, P.G., Housman, S., Fifer, W.P., & Stark, R.I. (2007). Frequency domain analysis of neonatal flash VEP.  Pediatric Research, 62, 581–585.

Fifer, W.P., Grieve, P.G., Grose-Fifer, J., Isler, J.R & Byrd, D. (2006) High density electroencephalogram monitoring in the neonate.  Clinics in Perinatology, 33, 679–91.

Grose-Fifer, J. & Deacon, D. (2004). Natural category priming in the right and left hemispheres.  Neuropsychologia, 42, 1948–60.

Deacon, D., Dynowska*, A., Ritter, W., & Grose-Fifer, J. (2004). Repetition and semantic priming of nonwords: Implications for theories of N400 and word recognition. Psychophysiology, 41, 60–74.

Deacon, D., Grose-Fifer, J., Yang*, C-M., Stanick*, V., Hewitt*, S., & Dynowska*, A. (2004). Evidence for a new conceptualization of semantic representation in the left and right cerebral hemispheres.  Cortex, 40, 467–478.

Deacon, D., Grose-Fifer, J., Hewitt*, S., Shelley-Tremblay*, J. & Nagata*, M. (2004). N400 priming with masked and unmasked intervening items.  Brain and Language, 89, 38–46.

Myers, M.M., Fifer, W.P., Grose-Fifer, J., Sani, R., Stark, R.I., & Schulze, K.F. (1997). A novel quantitative measure of tracé-alternant EEG activity and its association with sleep states of preterm infants. Developmental Psychobiology, 31, 167–174.

Zemon, V., Eisner, W., Gordon, J., Grose-Fifer, J., Shoup*, H., & Tenedios*, F. (1995). Contrast-dependent responses in the human visual system: childhood through adulthood.  International Journal of Neuroscience, 80, 181–201.

Grose-Fifer, J., Zemon, V., & Gordon, J. (1994). Temporal tuning and the development of lateral interactions in the human visual system. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, 35, 2999 –3010.

Hainline, L., Riddell, P.M., Grose-Fifer. J & Abramov, I. (1992). Development of accommodation and convergence in infancy.  Behavioral Brain Research, 49, 33–50.

Grose, J. & Harding, G.F.A. (1990). The development of refractive error and pattern reversal VEPs in pre-term infants. Clinical Vision Sciences, 5, 375–382.

Harding, G.F.A., Grose, J., Wilton, A.Y. & Bissenden, J.G. (1989). The pattern reversal VEP in short gestation infants fed on either a taurine or taurine‑free diet.  Documenta Ophthalmologica, 73, 103–109.

Grose, J., Harding, G.F.A., Wilton, A.Y. & Bissenden, J.G. (1989). The maturation of the pattern reversal VEP and flash ERG in pre‑term infants. Clinical Vision Sciences, 4, 239–246.

Book Chapters and Encyclopedia Entries

Grose-Fifer, J. & Davis-Ferreira, C. (in press). Improved student outcomes in biological psychology courses through scaffolded reading and writing assignments.  In T.Kuther (Ed.) Integrating writing into the college classroom. Will be available from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology websitehttp://teachpsych.org/

Grose-Fifer, J. & diFilipo, D*. (2017). Biological Sex and the Brain. In K. Nadal (Ed.), The Sage encyclopedia of psychology and gender. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Grose-Fifer, J. (2017). Using role play to enhance critical thinking about ethics in psychology. In R. Obeid, A. M. Schwartz, C. Shane-Simpson, & P. J. Brooks (Eds.) How we teach now: The GSTA guide to student-centered teaching. Retrieved from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology web site: http://teachpsych.org/resources/Documents/ebooks/gstaebook.pdf

Fifer, W.P, Monk, C.E., & Grose-Fifer, J. (2001). Prenatal development and risk. In: G. Bremner, & A. Fogel, (Eds.), Blackwell Handbook of Infant Development (pp.505–542). Blackwell, Oxford.

Grose-Fifer, J., & Thompson, C.M. (1994). Electrodiagnostic assessment in children.  In T. Buckingham, (Ed.), Visual problems in childhood (pp. 326–356).  Butterworths, London.


Peer-reviewed Published Conference Proceedings

 Riddell, P.M., Grose-Fifer, J. Hainline, L., & Abramov, I. (1991). Photorefractive evaluation of infant accommodation and convergence. Technical Digest on Non-Invasive Assessment of the Visual System, 1, 226–229.

Harding, G.F.A., Grose, J., Wilton, A.Y. & Bissenden, J.G. (1989). The pattern reversal VEP in short gestation infants.  In G.G. Gennser, K. Marsal, N. Svenningsen, & K. Lindstrom, (Eds.), Fetal and Neonatal Physiological Measurements III. Flenhags Tryckeri, Malmoe.


Peer-reviewed Published Abstracts

Grose-Fifer, J., Larson*, F., Aveson*, O., Reinhard*, E., & Bonfiglio*, E. (2017). Empathic Concern and Emotional Sentence Processing: An N400 ERP Study. Psychophysiology, 54, S117

diFilipo*, D., Valentin*, T., Talbot*, K., & Grose-Fifer, J. (2017). Who cares about feelings? An ERP study of emotional face processing, psychopathic traits, and empathy. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, Supplement, 45.

Grose-Fifer, J., diFilipo*, D., Valentin*, T. (2016). Age and gender differences in ERPs elicited by complex social scenes. Psychophysiology, 53, S20.

Grose-Fifer, J., Mascarelli*, D., Kirilko*, E., Constante*, K., diFilipo*, D. & Medina*, A. (2015). Magnocellular and parvocellular contributions to face perceptions in adolescents. Journal of Vision, 15 (12), 163-163.

Grose-Fifer, J., Mascarelli*, D., Kirilko*, E., Constante*, K., Medina*, A., & diFilipo*, D. (2015) Spatial frequency sensitivity and emotional face processing in adolescents. Psychophysiology, 52, S74-S74.

diFilipo*, D., Higgins*, A., Constante*, K., Kirilko*, E., Medina*, A., & Grose-Fifer, J. (2014).  How do socially-relevant stimuli modulate early and late ERP components in adolescents? Psychophysiology, 51, S53-53.

Constante*, K., Zottoli*, T.M. & Grose-Fifer, J. (2014). Anticipation of rewards in adolescents: An ERP study. Psychophysiology, 51, S53-S53.

Medina*, A., Constante,* K., diFilipo*, D., Kirilko*, E., & Grose-Fifer, J. (2014). Deficient emotional processing in college males with high levels of psychopathic traits: an event-related potential study. Psychophysiology, 51, S68-S68.

Reed*, R., Migliaccio*, R., & Grose-Fifer, J. (2013). Neural correlates of response-monitoring in adolescents during an emotional flanker task. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, Supplement, 153-153.

Grose-Fifer, J., Migliaccio*, R., Twomey*, E., Pena*, L. & Zottoli*, T. (2013). Size matters! Age and gender differences in ERPs elicited by feedback. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, Supplement, 119-119.

diFilipo*, D., Higgins*, A., Migliaccio*, R., & Grose-Fifer, J. (2013). What's so important about people, anyway? An ERP study of social information processing in adolescents. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, Supplement, 95-95.

 Grose-Fifer, J., Yuskel-Sokmen*,O., Rodrigues*, A., Hoover*, S., & Zottoli*, T. (2010). The fear factor: Attentional capture by fearful faces in adolescence. Journal of Vision, 10, 578.

Grose-Fifer, J., Hoover*, S., Rodrigues*, A., & Zottoli*, T. (2009). Attentional capture by emotional faces in adolescence.  Journal of Vision, 9, 114.

Grose-Fifer, J., Zemon, V., & Gordon, J. (1991). The development of magno and parvo pathways in the human infant.  Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science Supplement, 32, 1045.

Riddell, P.M., Grose-Fifer, J. Hainline, L., & Abramov, I. (1991). Using photorefraction to assess the development of accommodation and convergence. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science Supplement, 32, 760.

Grose, J., Harding, G.F.A., Wilton A.Y., & Bissenden, J.G. (1990). A comparison of the pattern reversal response in infants elicited with (1) a TV stimulus and (2) a LED stimulus. Electroencephalography and clinical Neurophysiology, 75, 1P.

Grose, J. & Harding, G.F.A. (1989). Refractive error and accommodation in pre‑term infants. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, Supplement, 30, 310.


Research interest

Cognitive neuroscience; adolescent brain development and decision making; neural correlates of psychopathy; memory


Cognitive Neuroscience - developmental; ERP recording; semantic memory; neural correlates of psychopathy