Natalie Denburg

Department of Neurology

Research Interests

  • Cognitive neuroscience of aging
  • Real-world decision-making
  • Individual differences
  • Elder abuse
  • Psychophysiology of emotion
  • Demential syndromes
  • Cancer survivorship

Training Areas

Representative Publications
Denburg, N. L., Buchanan, T. W., Tranel, D., & Adolphs, R.  (2003).  Evidence for preserved emotional memory in normal elderly persons.  Emotion, 3, 239-253.

Denburg, N. L., Tranel, D., & Bechara, A.  (2005). The ability to decide advantageously declines prematurely in some normal older persons.  Neuropsychologia, 43, 1099-1106.

Denburg, N. L., Recknor, E. C., Bechara, A., & Tranel, D.  (2006).  Psychophysiological anticipation of positive outcomes promotes advantageous decision-making in normal older persons. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 61, 19-25.

Denburg, N. L., Cole, C. A., Hernandez, M., Yamada, T. H., Tranel, D., Bechara, A., & Wallace, R. B.  (2007).  The orbitofrontal cortex, real-world decision-making, and normal aging. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1121, 480-498.   

Denburg, N. L., Jones, R. D., & Tranel, D.  (2009).  Recognition without awareness in a patient with simultanagnosia. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 72, 5-12.  PMCID PMC2688652

Denburg, N. L., & Harshman, L. A.  (2009). Why so many seniors get swindled:  Brain anomalies and poor decision-making in older adults. Cerebrum: Emerging Ideas in Brain Science (Dana Foundation). 

Ramchandran, K., Nayakankuppam, D. J., Berg, J., Tranel, D., & Denburg, N. L. (2011).  Can the market protect the aging brain? Neuropsychologia, 49, 2533-2540.  PMCID:  PMC3139399. 

Harshman, L. A., Barron, S., Button, A. M., Smith, B. J., Link, B. K., Lynch, C. F., & Denburg, N. L.  (2012).  Population-based exploration of academic achievement outcomes in pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia survivors. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 37, 458-466.  PMCID PMC3334536 

Shivapour, S. K., Nguyen, C. M., Cole, C. A., & Denburg, N. L.  (2012).  Effects of age, sex, and neuropsychological performance on financial decision-making. Frontiers in Decision Neuroscience, 6, 82.  PMCID PMC3375479

Bauer, A., Timpe, J., Edmonds, E. C., Bechara, A., Tranel, D., & Denburg, N. L.  (2013).  Myopia for the future or a positivity bias?  Performance of older adults on two versions of the Iowa Gambling Task. Emotion, 13, 19-24.     

Nguyen, C. M., Yamada, T. H., Beglinger, L. J., Cavanaugh, J. E., Denburg, N. L., & Schultz, S. K.  (2013).  Cognitive features ten or more years after successful breast cancer survival:  Comparisons across types of cancer interventions. Psycho-Oncology, 22, 862-868.

Weller, J. A., Buchanan, T. W., Shackleford, C., Morganstern, A., Hartman, J., Yuska, J., & Denburg, N. L.  (2014).  Diurnal cortisol rhythm is associated with increased risky decision-making in older adults. Psychology and Aging, 29, 271-283.

Halfmann, K., Hedgcock, W., Bechara, A., & Denburg, N. L.  (2014).  Functional neuroimaging of the Iowa Gambling Task in older adults. Neuropsychology, 28, 870-880. 

Denburg, N. L., & Hedgcock, W. (2015).  Age-associated executive dysfunction, the prefrontal cortex, and complex decision making (pp. 79-101).  In T. Hess, C. Loeckenhoff, & J. Strough (Eds.), Aging and Decision-Making:  Empirical and Applied Perspectives. New York:  Elsevier. 

Koestner, B., Hedgcock, W., Halfmann, K., & Denburg, N. L.  (2016).  The role of the ventromedial prefrontal cortex in purchase intent among older adults.  Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 8, 189.  doi:  10.3389/fnagi.2016.0018

Natalie Denburg
Contact Information

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Iowa City, IA 52242
United States


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Iowa City, IA 52242
United States