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Toro-Serey, C., Kane, G., & McGuire, J. (2021). Choices favoring cognitive effort in a foraging environment decrease when multiple forms of effort and delay are interleaved. Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience

Botvinik-Nezer, R., Holzmeister, F., Camerer, C., Dreber, A., Huber, J., Johannesson, M., … Toro-Serey, C., … & Schonberg, T. (2020). Variability in the analysis of a single neuroimaging dataset by many teams. Nature,

Toro-Serey, C., Tobyne, S.M., & McGuire, J.T. (2020) Spectral partitioning identifies individual heterogeneity in the functional network topography of ventral and anterior medial prefrontal cortex. NeuroImage, 205,

Kadis, D., Dimitrijevic, A., Toro Serey, C., & Holland, S.K. (2016). Characterizing information flux within the distributed pediatric expressive language network – a core region mapped through fMRI-constrained MEG effective connectivity analyses. Brain Connectivity, 6(1). DOI: 10.1089/brain.2015.0374

Horowitz-Kraus, T., Toro Serey, C., & Di Francesco, M. (2015). Increased resting-state functional connectivity in the cingulo-opercular cognitive-control network after intervention in children with reading difficulties. PLoS ONE, 10(7). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0133762

Peer-Reviewed Conference Papers

Toro Serey, C., Bright, I.M., Wyble, B.P., & Howard, M.W. (2019). Rapid Presentation Rate Negatively Impacts the Contiguity Effect in Free Recall. Proceedings of the 41st Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (psyArxiv)

Barnes-Davis, M.E., Merhar, S.L., Laue, C., Toro Serey, C., Holland, S.K., & Kadis, D.S. (2017). Extremely preterm children exhibit increased interhemispheric language connectivity in fMRI and MEG. Paper presented at the Annual meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM), Vancouver, Canada.


Toro-Serey, C. (2021). Individual variability in value-based decision making: Behavior, cognition, and functional brain topography. Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Boston University

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