Professor Patricia E Cowell

BA, MS, PhD

Division of Human Communication Sciences, Health Sciences School

Head of Department

p.e.cowell@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 222 2426

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Professor Patricia E Cowell
Division of Human Communication Sciences, Health Sciences School
362 Mushroom Lane
Sheffield
S10 2TS
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Patricia Cowell is a Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Sheffield. Before coming to Sheffield she was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow (1992-1995) in the Brain Behavior Laboratory, University of Pennsylvania Medical School with a research focus on cortical sex differences in adults in relation to aging and schizophrenia. Patricia completed her PhD (1992) and masters (1990) in Biobehavioral Sciences at the University of Connecticut through research on the corpus callosum and behavioural laterality in humans and rodents. Her undergraduate education at Boston University (1983-1987) was in Psychology and Statistics.

Research interests
  • Modelling mechanisms of neurocognitive plasticity across the life span
  • Sex differences in cortical development and aging
  • Cerebral asymmetries and interhemispheric relationships
  • Ovarian hormone effects on speech, language and cognition

Current projects and collaborations

  • Ovarian Hormone Effects of Speech and Language. Collaborators: Prof Sandra Whiteside, Human Communication Sciences, University of Sheffield.
  • Language and Neurocognitive Asymmetries in MZ twins. Dr Jennifer Gurd, Nuffield Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Oxford University.
  • Neurocognitive plasticity in Apraxia of Speech. Collaborators Prof Sandra Whiteside, University of Sheffield and Prof Rosemary Varley, Division of Psychology and Language Sciences, UCL.
Publications

Journal articles

Chapters

  • Cowell PE (2010) The two halves of the brain In Hugdahl K & Westerhausen R (Ed.), The two halves of the brain (pp. 349-377). MIT Press (MA) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Cowell PE, Denenberg V, Boehm G, Kertesz A & Nasrallah H (2003) The Parallel Brain In Zaidel E & Iacoboni M (Ed.), The Parallel Brain (pp. 433-444). The MIT Press RIS download Bibtex download
  • Cowell PE (2003) The Parallel Brain In Zaidel E & Iacoboni M (Ed.), The Parallel Brain (pp. 64-69). The MIT Press RIS download Bibtex download
  • Cowell PE & Denenberg VH (2002) Development of laterality and the role of the corpus callosum in rodents and humans In Rogers LJ & Andrew RJ (Ed.), Comparative Vertebrate Lateralization (pp. 274-305). Cambridge University Press RIS download Bibtex download
  • Cowell PE, Waters NS & Denenberg VH (1997) Hemispheric Specialisation in Animals and Humans In Fagot J (Ed.), Hemispheric Specialisation in Animals and Humans (pp. 221-232). Psychology Pr RIS download Bibtex download
Professional activities

Affiliations

  • Society for Neuroscience

  • Organization for the Study of Sex Differences