Eduardo Mercado III

PhD

Eduardo Mercado.

Eduardo Mercado III

PhD

Eduardo Mercado III

PhD

Research Interests

Cognitive neuroscience of learning and memory

Education

  • PhD, University of Hawaii

Current Research

My research focuses on how different brain systems interact to construct representations of experienced events, and how these representations change over time. My approach is integrative and comparative. I am currently using techniques from the fields of experimental psychology, computational neuroscience, electrical engineering, and behavioral neuroscience to answer questions about auditory learning, memory, and behavior in humans and other animals.

I’m currently supervising graduate students in the Cognitive Psychology, Behavioral Neuroscience, and Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior doctoral programs. These students are pursuing research related to change deafness, dog cognition, musical skills, and humpback whale bioacoustics. I’m also currently developing research projects related to high-resolution behavioral analyses, long-term monitoring of nervous system activity, and computational models of cortical plasticity in children with autism spectrum disorders.

Selected Publications

  • Mercado, E., III, & Perazio, C. E. (2021). Similarities in composition and transformations of songs by humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) over time and space. Journal of Comparative Psychology, 135, 28-50.
  • Mercado, E., III, Chow, K., Church, B. A., & Lopata, C. (2020). Perceptual category learning in autism spectrum disorder: Truth and consequences. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 118, 689-703.
  • Gluck, M.A., Mercado, E., & Myers, C.M. (2020). Learning and memory: From brain to behavior, Fourth Edition. New York: Worth Publishers.
  • Chow, K., & Mercado, E., III (2020). Performance anxiety and the plasticity of emotional responses. Cognition and Emotion, 34, 1309-1325.
  • Wisniewski, M. G., Church, B.A., Mercado, E., III, Radell, M. L., & Zakrzewski, A. C. (2019). Easy-to-hard effects in perceptual learning depend upon the degree to which initial trials are “easy.” Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 26, 1889-1895.
  • Ball, N. J., Mercado, E, III, Orduña, I. O. (2019). Enriched environments as a possible treatment for developmental disorders: A critical assessment. Frontiers in Psychology, 10, 466.
  • Wisniewski, M. G., Radell, M. L., Church, B.A., & Mercado, E., III (2017). Benefits of fading in perceptual learning are driven by more than dimensional attention. PLoS One, 12, e0180959.
  • Mercado, E., III, Wisniewski, M. G., McIntosh, B., Guillette, L., Hahn, A. H., Sturdy, C. B. (2017). Chickadee songs provide hidden clues to singers’ locations. Animal Behavior & Cognition, 4, 301-313.
  • Orduña, V., & Mercado, E., III (2017). Impulsivity in spontaneously hypertensive rats: Within-subjects comparison of sensitivity to delay and to amount of reinforcement. Behavioural Brain Research, 328, 178-185.
  • Mercado, E., III, & Church, B. A. (2016). Simulations suggest heterogeneous category learning and generalization in children with autism is a result of idiosyncratic perceptual transformations. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 46, 2806-2812.
  • Mercado, E., III. (2014). Relating cortical wave dynamics to learning and remembering. AIMS Neuroscience, 1, 185-209. doi: 10.3934/Neuroscience.2014.3.185
  • Church, B.A., Mercado, E., III, Wisniewski, M. G., & Liu, E. H. (2013). Temporal dynamics in auditory perceptual learning: Impact of sequencing and incidental learning. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 132, 270-276.
  • Mercado, E, III, & Henderson, C. M. (2012).  Neurally inspired models of psychological processes. In R. J. Nelson & S. Mizumori (Eds.) Handbook of psychology: Volume 3 Behavioral neuroscience (pp. 620-642). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.
  • Wisniewski, M. G., Mercado, E., III, Gramann, K., & Makeig, S. (2012). Familiarity with speech affects cortical processing of auditory distance cues and increases acuity. PLoS ONE, 7, e41025.
  • Mercado, E., III (2009). Cognitive plasticity and cortical modules. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 18, 153-158.