Anthony S. Dick

Anthony S. Dick

Contact Information

Office: AHC 4 Room 454
Phone: (305) 348-4202

Education and Training

  • NIDCD NRSA Postdoctoral Fellow, Human Neuroscience Laboratory, Department of Neurology, The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • Ph.D., Developmental Psychology, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
  • B.S., Psychology, B.A., Music, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Research Interests

Dr. Dick's primary research interests lie in how language develops in the context of other sensorimotor and cognitive processes. He investigates this question using both behavioral and neurobiological methods. For example, Dr. Dick is interested in how the typical and atypical (i.e., lesioned) developing brain organizes to support speech perception and language comprehension in the context of additional visual information from gestures and from the lips and mouth of the speaker. He is also interested in how the developing child uses language to control his or her behavior, or to navigate difficult problem solving situations (e.g., tasks that require “cognitive flexibility”). Dr. Dick uses standard behavioral methodologies, as well as eye-tracking and functional magnetic resonance imaging to investigate these questions. He has authored or co-authored a number of papers and has been supported by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) to conduct his work.

Lab Website: Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Lab

Select Publications

For a complete list of publications with PDFs and supplemental materials, please visit http:/

Dick, A.S., Bernal, B., & Tremblay, P. (in press online). The language connectome: New pathways, new concepts. The Neuroscientist.

Hasson, U., Llano, D., Miceli, G., & Dick, A.S. (in press). Does it talk the talk? On the role of basal ganglia in emotive speech processing. Behavioral and Brain Sciences.

Dick, A.S. (2014). The development of cognitive flexibility beyond the preschool period: An investigation using a modified Flexible Item Selection Task (FIST).Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 125, 13-34.

Dick, A.S., Mok, E., Raja Beharelle, A., Goldin-Meadow, S., & Small, S. L. (2014). Frontal and temporal contributions to understanding the iconic co-speech gestures that accompany speech. Human Brain Mapping, 35, 900-917.

Garcia, C., & Dick, A.S. (2013). Stuck in the moment: Cognitive inflexibility in preschoolers following an extended time period. Frontiers in Psychology: Developmental Psychology, 4:959. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00959

Tremblay, P., Dick, A.S., & Small, S. L. (2013). Functional and structural aging of the speech sensorimotor neural system: fMRI evidence. Neurobiology of Aging, 34, 1935-1951.

Dick, A.S., & Andric, M. (2013). The neurobiology of receptive-expressive language interdependence. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 36, 352-353.

Dick, A.S., Raja Beharelle, A., Solodkin, A., & Small, S. (2013). Interhemispheric functional connectivity following pre- or perinatal brain injury predicts receptive language outcome. The Journal of Neuroscience, 33, 5612-5625.

Dick, A.S., & Tremblay, P. (2012). Beyond the arcuate fasciculus: Consensus and controversy in the connectional anatomy of language. Brain, 135, 3529-3550.

Dick, A.S. (2012). Sources of cognitive inflexibility in set-shifting tasks: Insights into developmental theories from adult data. Journal of Cognition and Development, 13, 82-110. DOI: 10.1080/15248372.2011.573516

Dick, A.S., Goldin-Meadow, S., Solodkin, A., & Small, S. L. (2012). Gesture in the developing brain. Developmental Science, 15, 165-180.

Mashal, N., Solodkin, A., Dick, A.S., Chen, E. E., Small, S. L. (2012). A network model of observation and imitation of speech. Frontiers in Cognition, 3, 1-12.

Tremblay, P., Dick, A.S., & Small, S. L. (2011). New insights into the neurobiology of language from functional brain imaging. In H. Duffau (Ed.) Brain mapping: From neural basis of cognition to surgical applications (pp. 131-144). New York: Springer.

Raja Beharelle, A., Dick, A.S., Josse, G., Solodkin, A., Huttenlocher, P. R., Levine, S. C., & Small, S. L. (2010). Left hemisphere regions are critical in supporting language function following early focal left brain injury. Brain, 133, 1707-1716.

Dick, A.S., Solodkin, A., & Small, S. L. (2010). Neural development of networks for audiovisual speech comprehension. Brain and Language, 114, 101-114.

Dick, A.S., & Hasson, U. (2010). Outsourcing neuroimaging data analysis: Implications for scientific accountability and issues in the public interest. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 14, 2-4.

Dick, A.S., & Overton, W. F. (2010). Considering mechanisms of executive function. In B. Sokol, U. Muller, J. I. M. Carpendale, A. R. Young, & G. Iarocci (Eds.), Self-and social-regulation: Social interaction and the development of social understanding and executive functions (pp. 7-34). New York: Oxford University Press.

Dick, A.S., Goldin-Meadow, S., Hasson, U., Skipper, J. I., & Small, S. L. (2009). Co-speech gestures influence neural activity in brain regions associated with processing semantic information. Human Brain Mapping, 30, 3509-3526.

Overton, W. F., & Dick, A.S. (2007). A competence-procedural approach to logical reasoning. In M. J. Roberts (Ed.), Integrating the mind (pp. 233-256). Hove, UK: Psychology Press.

Muller, U., Dick, A.S., Gela, K., Overton, W. F., & Zelazo, P. D. (2006). The role of negative priming in preschoolers flexible rule use on the Dimensional Change Card Sort Task. Child Development, 77, 395-412.

Dick, A.S., Overton, W. F., & Kovacs, S. L. (2005). The development of symbolic coordination: Representation of imagined objects, executive function, and theory of mind. Journal of Cognition and Development, 6, 133-161.

Weisberg, R. W., Brinkman, A. R., Dick, A.S., Fleck, J. I., Niederberger, B., Folio, C. J., & Barrett, F. (2004). A quantitative analysis of musical creativity: Improvisation in jazz. Revista di Analisi e Teoria Musicale, 2, 35-57.


Weisberg, R. W., Brinkman, A. R., Folio, C. J., Dick, A.S., Fleck, J. I., Niederberger, B., & Barrett, F. (April, 2004). Toward a cognitive analysis of creativity: Improvisation in jazz. Proceedings of Conference on Interdisciplinary Musicology. Graz, Austria, 15-18.