Aaron Seitz, Northeastern University

Aaron Seitz



Physical Therapy, Human Movement, and Rehabilitation Sciences


Aaron Seitz is a joint Professor of Psychology, Game Design, and Physical Therapy, Movement and Rehabilitation Services with a primary position in the Center for Cognitive and Brain Health. He holds a BA in mathematics (Reed College), PhD in computational neuroscience (Boston University), postdoc in systems neuroscience (Harvard Medical School), and was a Research Assistant Professor on human psychophysics and neuroimaging (Boston University).

Prior to Northeastern, he was a Professor at University of California, Riverside, where he was the director of the Brain Game Center for Mental Fitness and Well-being.

Seitz’s research program aims to understand mechanisms of cognitive processes and to apply this knowledge for public benefit.

His research has led to new insights regarding the roles of reinforcement, attention, multisensory interactions, and different brain systems in learning, computational approaches to learning, translational neuroscience and perceptual/cognitive enhancement, among others.

He utilize psychophysical, physiological, imaging, pharmacological, genetic, and computational methods to study cognitively diverse populations, ranging from individuals with cognitive deficits (due to disease, injury, or development) to neurotypical individuals, to specialists (e.g., radiologists, athletes).

As Director of the Brain Game Center for Mental Fitness and Well-being, he uses ambulatory tools (e.g., that run on mobile phones and tablets) to reach larger, more diverse, and traditionally underserved/understudied populations, to understand cognitive diversity (broadly defined) and to create tools to measure function and to personalize training based upon individualized needs.