Education & Training

Cognitive Neurology, Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Laboratory for Brain Network Imaging and Modulation
PI: Michael Fox, MD, PhD
Harvard Medical School, Department of Neurology
June 2017 – present

Cognitive Neuroscience, Postdoctoral Teaching & Research Fellow
Laboratory of Brain and Cognition
PI: Nathan Spreng, PhD
Cornell University, Department of Human Development
August 2015 – May 2017

Bioengineering, Doctor of Philosophy
Brain Network Laboratory
PI: Jeffrey Anderson, MD, PhD
University of Utah, Department of Bioengineering
Defended: July 2015

Biochemistry, Bachelor of Science
Brigham Young University, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Completed: April 2005


Honors & Awards

Alan Turing Institute Data Study Group
Topic: Brain lesions and language function
London, UK
April 2018

TEDxSalt Lake City Speaker & Fellow
Talk title: This Is Your Brain On God
Topic: The neuroscience and psychology of religious experience
September 2016

Summer Seminars in Neuroscience and Philosophy (SSNAP) Fellow
Duke University, Durham, NC
Summer 2016

TechTITANS Humanitarian Entrepreneurship Award
University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
August 2010



Spring 2017 – Course Instructor, HD 3650 Development of Human Sexuality
Undergraduate course
Cornell University, Department of Human Development, Ithaca, NY

Fall 2016 – Course Instructor, HD 3840 Gender & Sexual Minorities
Undergraduate course
Cornell University, Department of Human Development, Ithaca, NY

Spring 2013 – Course Co-Instructor, functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Graduate course
University of Utah, Department of Bioengineering, Salt Lake City, UT


Research Publications

Ferguson MA, Lim C, Cooke D, Darby RR, Wu O, Rost NS, Corbetta M, Grafman J, Fox MD. A human memory circuit derived from brain lesions causing amnesia. In review.

Lueke NA, Bushman BB, Ferguson MA,Lueke A. Development and validation of the Single-Item Hell Scale (SIHS). In submission.

Mwilambwe-Tshilobo L, Ge T, Chong M, Ferguson MA, Misic B, Burrow A, Spreng RN. Loneliness and meaning in life is reflected in the intrinsic network architecture of the brain. Just accepted.

Padmanabhan JL, Cooke D, Joutsa J, Siddiqi S, Ferguson MA, Darby RR, Soussand L, Horn A, Kim NY, Voss JL, Naidech AM, Brodtmann A, Egorova N, Gozzi S, Phan TG, Corbetta M, grafman J, Fox MD. A human depression circuit derived from focal brain lesions. Just accepted.

King, J.B., Jones, K.G., Goldberg, E., Rollins, M., MacNamee, K., Moffit, C., Naidu, S.R., Ferguson, M.A., Garcia-Leavitt, E., Amaro, J. and Breitenbach, K.R., 2019. Increased Functional Connectivity After Listening to Favored Music in Adults With Alzheimer Dementia. The journal of prevention of Alzheimer’s disease, 6(1), pp.56-62.

Ferguson, M.A., Nielsen, J.A., King, J.B., Dai, L., Giangrasso, D.M., Holman, R., Korenberg, J.R. and Anderson, J.S., 2018. Reward, salience, and attentional networks are activated by religious experience in devout Mormons. Social neuroscience, 13(1), pp.104-116.

Ferguson, M.A., Anderson, J.S. and Spreng, R.N., 2017. Fluid and flexible minds: Intelligence reflects synchrony in the brain’s intrinsic network architecture. Network Neuroscience, 1(2), pp.192-207.

Shah, L.M., Cramer, J.A., Ferguson, M.A., Birn, R.M. and Anderson, J.S., 2016. Reliability and reproducibility of individual differences in functional connectivity acquired during task and resting state. Brain and behavior, 6(5), p.e00456.

Anderson JS, Treiman SM, Ferguson MA, Nielsen JA, Edgin JO, Dai L, Gergi G, Korenberg JR. Violence: heightened brain attentional network response is selectively muted in Down syndrome. Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders. 2015;7(1):15.

Ferguson MA, Nielsen JA, Anderson JS. Altered resting functional connectivity after speed reading training. Journal of Clinical Experimental Neuropsychology. 2014;36(5):482-93.

Anderson JS, Zielinski BA, Nielsen JA, Ferguson MA. Complexity of low-frequency blood oxygen level-dependent fluctuations covaries with local connectivity. Hum Brain Mapping. 2014 Apr;35(4):1273-83.

Webb JT, Ferguson MA, Nielsen JA, Anderson JS. BOLD Granger causality reflects vascular anatomy. PLoS One. 2013 Dec 13;8(12):e84279.

Anderson JS, Nielsen JA, Ferguson MA, Burback MC, Cox ET, Dai L, Gerig G, Edgin JO, Korenberg JR. Abnormal brain synchrony in Down Syndrome. Neuroimage: Clinical. 2013 May 24;2:703-15.

Nielsen JA, Zielinski BA, Ferguson MA, Lainhart JE, Anderson JS. An evaluation of the left-brain vs. right-brain hypothesis with resting state functional connectivity magnetic resonance imaging. PLoS One. 2013 Aug 14;8(8):e71275.

Ferguson MA, Anderson JS. Dynamical stability of intrinsic connectivity networks. Neuroimage. 2012 Feb 15;59(4):4022-31.

Anderson JS, Ferguson MA, Lopez-Larson M, Yurgelun-Todd D. Connectivity gradients between the default mode and attention control networks. Brain Connectivity. 2011;1(2):147-57.

Anderson JS, Dhatt HS, Ferguson MA, Lopez-Larson M, Schrock LE, House PA, Yurgelun-Todd D. Functional connectivity targeting for deep brain stimulation in essential tremor. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2011 Nov-Dec;32(10):1963-8.

Lopez-Larson MP, Anderson JS, Ferguson MA, Yurgelun-Todd D. Local brain connectivity and associations with gender and age. Dev Cogn Neurosci. 2011 Apr;1(2):187-97.

Anderson JS, Ferguson MA, Lopez-Larson M, Yurgelun-Todd D. Reproducibility of single-subject functional connectivity measurements. American Journal of Neuroradiology. 2011 Mar;32(3):548-55.

Anderson JS, Ferguson MA, Lopez-Larson M, Yurgelun-Todd D. Topographic maps of multisensory attention. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 2010 Nov 16;107(46):20110-4.