Department of Psychology|Loyola University Chicago

Department of Psychology


Rebecca Silton

Title: Assistant Professor, Clinical Psychology, Ph.D.  
Office: Coffey Hall 240 
Phone: 773-508-3322 

Personal Information

Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

B.A., Macalester College


Research Interests:

My program of research focuses on the abnormal and normal development of executive function across the life span. My research involves a collaborative, interdisciplinary perspective that prioritizes translational goals and that links perspectives from neuroscience, neuropsychology, and clinical psychology. In particular, I am interested in investigating individual differences that influence the development of the frontocingulate network and related executive functions (i.e., attentional/cognitive control, shifting, updating, inhibition, problem-solving). Our laboratory, the Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience laboratory (, primarily uses electroencephalography (EEG) methods to study the time course of regional brain activity during executive functioning. We conduct functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) research in collaboration with other local Universities.


Recent Publications:

Silton, R.L., Heller, W., Towers, D.N., Engels, A.S., Edgar, J.C., Spielberg, J.M., Sass, S.M., Stewart, J.L., Sutton, B.P., Banich, M.T., & Miller, G.A. (In press). Depression and anxiety distinguish frontocingulate cortical activity during top-down
attentional control. Journal of Abnormal Psychology.


Warren, S.L., Bost, K.K., Roisman, G.I., Silton, R.L., Spielberg, J.M., Engels, A.S., Choi, E., Sutton, B.P., Miller, G.A., & Heller, W. (In press). Effects of adult attachment and emotional distractors on brain mechanisms of cognitive control. Psychological Science.

Bredemeier, K., Spielberg, J.M., Silton, R.L., Berenbaum, H., Heller, W., & Miller, G.A. (2010).
Screening for depressive disorders using the Mood and Anxiety Symptoms Questionnaire Anhedonic Depression Scale: A receiver-operating characteristic analysis. Psychological Assessment, 22, 702-710.


Fisher, J.E., Sass, S.M., Heller, W., Silton, R.L., Edgar, J.C., Stewart, J.L., & Miller, G.A. (2010). Time course of processing emotional stimuli as a function of perceived emotional intelligence, anxiety, and depression. Emotion, 10, 486 – 497.


Sass, S. M., Heller, W., Stewart, J.L., Silton, R.L., Edgar, J.C., Fisher, J.E., & Miller, G.A. (2010). Time course of attentional bias in anxiety: Emotion and gender specificity. Psychophysiology, 47, 247-259.


Silton, R.L., Miller, G.A., Towers, D.N., Engels, A.S., Edgar, J.C., Spielberg, J.M., Sass, S.M., Stewart, J.L., Sutton, B.P., Banich, M.T., & Heller, W. (2010). The time course of anterior cingulate and prefrontal cortical activity during top-down attentional control.

NeuroImage, 50, 1292 – 1302.


Stewart, J.L., Silton, R.L., Sass, S.M., Fisher, J.E., Edgar, J.C., Heller, W., & Miller, G.A. (2010). Attentional bias to negative emotion as a function of approach and withdrawal anger styles: An ERP investigation. International Journal of

Psychophysiology, 76, 9 -18.


Stewart, J.L., Silton, R.L., Heller, W., Sass, S.M., & Miller, G.A. (2008) Anger style, psychopathology, and regional brain activity. Emotion, 8, 701-713.

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