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Jin Bo

Associate Professor

Dr. Jin Bo 2018 301M Science Complex




Postdoc (Psychology/Kinesiology) University of Michigan (2009)

Ph.D. (Neuroscience and Cognitive Science) University of Maryland, College Park (2006)

M.A. (Kinesiology) University of Maryland, College Park (2002)

B. Medicine (Pediatrics) Shanghai Second Medical University, P. R. China (1993)

Interests and Expertise

I had worked as a pediatrician in China. My earlier clinical experience with children initiated my research interest in understanding the underlying mechanisms of individuals with motor difficulties. My research focuses on the behavioral and neural mechanisms of age-related differences in individuals with cognitive and motor difficulties, such as children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and older adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI). Current projects examine different approaches to facilitate learning in these populations. Specifically, I am interested in the effect of physical activities on clinical performance and brain connectivity (measured in electroencephalogram).

Selected Publications

Colbert, A. & Bo, J (2017). Evaluating working memory: comparing change-detection tasks and Wechsler working memory subtests in school-age children. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 39:7, 636-645

Colbert, A. & Bo, J (2017). Evaluating relationships among clinical working memory assessment and inattentive and hyperactive/impulsive behaviors in a community sample of children. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 66, 34-43

Schaffert, J., Lee, C.M., Neill, R. & Bo, J (2017). Visuomotor adaptability in older adults with mild cognitive decline. Acta Psychologia 173, 106-115

Bo, J., Lee, C.M., Colbert, A. & Shen, B. (2016). Do Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders have Motor Learning Difficulties? Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 23, 50-62.

Lee, C.M. & Bo, J (2016). Error argumentation enhances adaptability in adults with low motor ability. Journal of Motor Behavior. 48; 297-308

Bo, J., Colbert, A., Lee, C.M., Schaffert, J. Oswald, K. & Neill, R. (2014). Examining the relationship between motor assessments and handwriting consistency in children with Developmental Coordination Disorder. Research in Developmental Disabilities. 35, 2035-2043.

Bo, J., Lee C.M., Kwak, Y., Peltier, S.J., Bernard, J., Buschkuehl, M., Jaeggi, S., Wiggin, J.L., Jonides, J., Monk, C. & Seidler, R.D (2014). Lifespan differences in cortico-striatal resting state connectivity. Brain Connectivity, 4, 166-180.

Bo, J. Barta, J., Ferencak, H.F., Comstock, S.E., Riley, V.R., Krueger, J., Marsh, J.J., Wall, C., & McQueen, L. (2014). Developmental characteristics of cursive and printed letters in children. Journal of Motor Learning and Development. 2, 1-8.

Bo, J., Lee, C.M. (2013). Motor skill learning in children with Developmental Coordination Disorder. Research in Developmental Disabilities. 34, 2047-2055.


Cognitive Neuroscience Lab: 352D Science Complex

Research in the Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory combines both clinical and neuroscience approaches to examine symptomologies of a range of clinical population, including children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD), survivors of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL), and older adults with Mild Cognitive Impairments (MCI). Our emphasis is on understanding behavioral and neural contributions to visuomotor adaptation and sequence learning. In addition, we study the relationships between neuropsychological assessments and experimental measures. Recently, we focus on the effect of physical activity and Yoga intervention programs on symptomologies of individuals with ASD.


Current Graduate students

Kaitlin Oswald (Clinical Doctoral Program)

Morgan Wright (Clinical Doctoral Program)


Lab Alumni

Dr. Chi-Mei Lee (Clinical Doctoral Program): Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota

Dr. Alison Colbert (Clinical Doctoral Program): Department of Rehabilitation, Children’s Hospital Colorado

Jeffrey Schaffert (Clinical Master Program): Department of Psychiatry, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Rebecca Neil (Experimental Master Program): Wayne State University

Rebecca Campbell (Experimental Master Program): Wayne State University


Courses Taught

PSY205 Statistics
PSY301W Experimental Design
NSCI301 Introduction in Neuroscience
PSY433 Cognitive Neuroscience
PSY633 Cognitive Neuroscience