Jin Bo

A photo of Jin Bo


Psychology; Health Sciences; Neuroscience

301M Science Complex


[email protected]


  • Postdoc, Psychology/Kinesiology, University of Michigan, 2009
  • Ph.D., Neuroscience and Cognitive Science, University of Maryland, College Park, 2006
  • MA, Kinesiology, University of Maryland, College Park, 2002
  • BM, 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).


  • PSY 205 Statistics
  • PSY 301W Experimental Design
  • NSC I301 Introduction in Neuroscience
  • PSY 433 Cognitive Neuroscience
  • PSY 633 Cognitive Neuroscience

Publications and Presentations

  • Colbert, A. and 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. and 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. and Bo, J (2017). Visuomotor adaptability in older adults with mild cognitive decline. Acta Psychologia 173, 106–115
  • Bo, J., Lee, C.M., Colbert, A. and Shen, B. (2016). Do Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders have Motor Learning Difficulties? Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 23, 50–62.
  • Lee, C.M. and 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. and 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. and 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., and 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