Trainee Profile

William G. Coon, PhD

Will Coon for profile in DSM website
Research Fellow in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Research Fellow, Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital

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Charlestown, MA 02129

Inter-office Mail Address

149 13th Street, Room 2626, Charlestown, MA 02129


Research Unit(s)

Research Interests

Will Coon, Ph.D. earned his B.Sc. in Psychology and Neuroscience from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, and his Ph.D. in Biomedical Science from the State University of New York at Albany in 2015. For his doctoral dissertation, he worked in collaboration with the National Center for Adaptive Neurotechnologies and Albany Medical College, using electrocorticography (ECoG) to study how oscillatory dynamics govern the timing of cortical signaling in the brain and to identify areas of eloquent cortex prior to resective brain surgery. Will is interested in sleep-enhanced learning, memory consolidation, and neuronal oscillations, and enjoys devising novel analytic approaches with applications in electrophysiology and statistics. In his present work, he uses concurrent EEG+MEG to investigate how the spatiotemporal organization of coupled oscillations in the sleeping brain subserve "offline" learning and memory consolidation, and how these processes go awry in schizophrenia and autism.


Selected Publications

Original Articles

Schalk G, Marple J, Knight RT, & Coon W (2017).  An Alternative to Power- and Phase-based Interpretation of Oscillatory Brain Activity. NeuroImage. 157(2017):545-554.  PMID: 28624646

Coon W & Schalk G (2016). A Method to Identify the Location and Onset of Task-Related Cortical Activity from Human Electrocorticographic Signals in Single Trials. Journal of Neuroscience Methods, 271 (2016): 76-85.

Coon W, Gunduz A, Brunner P, Ritaccio A, Pesaran B, & Schalk G. (2016). Oscillatory Activity Modulates the Timing of Neuronal Activations and Resulting Behavior. NeuroImage. 133 (2016): 294-301. PMID: 26975551

Saletin JM, Coon W, & Carskadon MA (2016). Stage 2 Sleep EEG Sigma Activity and Motor Learning in Childhood ADHD: A Pilot Study. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology. June (2016). PMID: 27267670
de Pesters A, Coon W, Brunner P, Gunduz A, Ritaccio A, de Weerd P, Roberts P, Brunet N, Oostenveld R, Fries P, & Schalk G (2016). Alpha Power Indexes Task-Related Networks on Large and Small Scales: Evidence from ECoG in a Multimodal Study in Humans and a non- Human Primate. NeuroImage. 134 (2016): 122-131. PMID: 27057960

Federenko E, Scott T, Brunner, P, Coon W, Schalk G, & Kanwisher N (2016). Neural Correlate of the Construction of Sentence Meaning. PNAS. 113(41): E6256-E6262. PMID:  27671642

Liu Y*, Coon W*, de Pesters A, Brunner P, & Schalk G (2015). The Effects of Spatial Filtering and Artifacts on Electrocorticographic Signals. Journal of Neural Engineering. 12.5 (2015): 056008. PMID: 26268446 *co-lead author

Dijkstra K, Brunner P, Gunduz A, Coon W, Ritaccio A, Farquhar J, & Schalk G (2015). Identifying the Attended Speaker Using Electrocorticographic (ECoG) Signals. Brain- Computer Interfaces. 2.4 (2015): 161-173. PMID: 26949710

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