Jan Wessel

Associate Professor (PBS/Neurology)
Ronnie Ketchel Faculty Fellow

Jan Wessel CV

Research Interests

  • How do surprising events affect thoughts and actions?

  • How can humans cancel impending movements when necessary?

  • How can humans identify and correct action errors?

Training Areas

Behavioral & Cognitive Neuroscience


Research Group

Cognitive Control

Representative Publications

Guan Y., Wessel J. R. (in press). Two types of motor inhibition after action errors in humans. Journal of Neuroscience

Wessel J. R., Diesburg D. A., Chalkley N. H., & Greenlee J. D. (in press). A Causal Role for the Human Subthalamic Nucleus in Non-Selective Cortico-Motor Inhibition. Current Biology

Wessel J. R., Jiang J., Stolley J.J. (2022). Action errors impair active working memory maintenance. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General 51(6):1325-1340

Diesburg D. A., Greenlee J. D. W., Wessel J. R. (2021). Cortico-subcortical β burst dynamics underlying movement cancellation in humans. eLife 10:e70270

Tatz J. R. , Soh S., Wessel J. R. (2021). Common and unique inhibitory control signatures of action-stopping and attentional capture suggest that actions are stopped in two stages. Journal of Neuroscience 41(42):8826-8838    

Wessel, J. R. (2020). β-bursts reveal the trial-to-trial dynamics of movement initiation and cancellation. Journal of Neuroscience40(2), 411-423.

Wessel, J. R., Waller, D. A., & Greenlee, J. D. (2019). Non-selective inhibition of inappropriate motor-tendencies during response-conflict by a fronto-subthalamic mechanism. eLife8, e42959.

Dutra, I. C., Waller, D. A., & Wessel, J. R. (2018). Perceptual surprise improves action stopping by nonselectively suppressing motor activity via a neural mechanism for motor inhibition. Journal of Neuroscience38(6), 1482-1492.

Research areas
  • Action
  • Aging
  • Brain Imaging
  • Executive Function
  • Judgment and Decision Making
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Contact Information

376 Psychological and Brain Sciences Building (PBSB)
Iowa City, IA 52242
United States


355 Psychological and Brain Sciences Building (PBSB)
Iowa City, IA 52242
United States