Work History

Work History

Postdoctoral Research Associate

2012 - Present
Center for Mind/Brain Sciences

Università degli Studi di Trento - University of Trento

  • Developed research protocols for investigating brain function in audiovisual information integration
  • Integrated graph theory analyses in the study of context-dependent fMRI data
  • Integrated graph theory analyses in the study of cortical thickness measures
  • Co-wrote (as lead author) published journal articles
  • Co-wrote (as lead author) a published book chapter on fMRI methods for studying brain and language function
  • Developed statistical approaches for quantifying change in large-scale networks
  • Collaborated on analysis development and implementation within our research group
  • Co-mentored visiting students that sought experience in a research environment

Education

Education

PhD in Psychology

2005 - 2011
The University of Chicago

In my graduate studies I focused on brain and cognition. My research examined effects on brain activity when people perceive gestures used in communication.

I completed my dissertation, "Gesture's Neural Language: The neurobiology of processing manual gestures and meaning," in 2011.

BA in Psychology

1999 - 2003
University of California, Santa Cruz

In my undergraduate thesis I focused on metaphor and its relation with embodied experience in cognition and language understanding. Some of this work was later published as a part of:

Gibbs, R.W., Gould, J.J., & Andric, M. (2006). Imagining metaphorical actions: embodied simulations make the impossible plausible. Imagination, Cognition and Personality, 25, 221-238

Skills

Skills

Statistical analysis

I have experience with diverse areas of statistical analysis in my research. This includes techniques based in graph theory and machine learning, in addition to basic approaches that are common in fMRI analyses, such as time series analysis, correlation, regression, the general linear model, and ANOVA.

fMRI analysis

I have almost ten years of experience in collecting, analyzing, and publishing fMRI data. I have published work with fMRI data in some of the top journals in the field. Citations of these works continues to increase. My primary fMRI analysis software includes AFNI, FSL, and FreeSurfer.

Python

I use Python almost every day in my research activities. Almost 7 years ago, I began teaching myself programming in Python. I gained extensive knowledge of the language, while developing my own analysis tools. Because my primary use of Python is for scientific computing, my knowledge centers on modules that are useful in scientific computing (e.g., Numpy, Pandas) and machine learning (scikit-learn). I also use Python in developing workflows that interface between diverse software packages needed in a given analysis.

R

I have 10 years experience using R. I developed many analyses in R for analyzing fMRI data. I also use R as a primary tool for data visualization.

Matlab

MySQL

PostgreSQL

Publications

Andric, M., & Hasson, U. (2015). Global features of functional brain networks change with contextual disorder. Neuroimage, 117, 103-113. doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2015.05.025

Yang, J., Andric, M., & Mathew, M. (2015). The neural basis of hand gesture comprehension: A meta-analysis of functional magnetic resonance imaging studies. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 57, 88-104. doi:10.1016/j.neubiorev.2015.08.006

Vega-Pons, S., Avesani, P., Andric, M., & Hasson, U. (2014). Classification of inter-subject fMRI data based on graph kernels. Pattern Recognition in Neuroimaging, 4th International Workshop, Tübingen, Germany. doi:10.1109/PRNI.2014.6858549

Andric, M., Solodkin, A., Buccino, G., Goldin-Meadow, S., Rizzolatti, G., & Small, S.L. (2013). Brain function overlaps when people observe emblems, speech, and grasping. Neuropsychologia51, 1619-1629. doi:10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2013.03.022

Dick, A.S., & Andric, M. (2013). The neurobiology of receptive-expressive language interdependence. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 36, 352-353.doi:10.1017/S014525X12002543

Andric, M., & Small, S.L. (2012). Gesture’s neural language. Front. Psychology3:99. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2012.00099

Andric, M., & Small, S.L. (2010). Functional imaging of putative human mirror neuron systems in neurological disease. Exp. Neurol.221, 5-9 doi:10.1016/j.expneurol.2009.10.014

Price, C., Crinion, J.T., Leff, A.P., Richardson, F.M., Schofield, T.M., Prejawa, S., Ramsden, S., Gazarian, K., Lawrence, M., Ambridge, L., Andric, M., Small, S.L., Seghier, M.L. (2010). Lesion sites that predict the ability to gesture how an object is used.Archives Italiennes de Biologie148, 243-258. [link]

Kenny, S., Andric, M., Boker, S.M., Neale, M.C., Wilde, M., & Small, S.L. (2009). Parallel workflows for data-driven structural equation modeling in functional neuroimaging. Front. Neuroinform, 3:34. doi:10.3389/neuro.11.034.2009

Small, S.L., Wilde, M., Kenny, S., Andric, M., & Hasson, U. (2009). Database-managed Grid-enabled analysis of neuroimaging data: The CNARI framework. International Journal of Psychophysiology73, 62-72. doi:10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2009.01.010

Gibbs, R.W., Gould, J.J., & Andric, M. (2006). Imagining metaphorical actions: embodied simulations make the impossible plausible. Imagination, Cognition and Personality25, 221-238. doi:10.2190/97MK-44MV-1UUF-T5CR



Chapters

Andric, M., & Small, S.L.  (2015).  fMRI methods for studying the neurobiology of language under naturalistic conditions. In: Willems, R. (Ed.), Cognitive Neuroscience of Natural Language Use. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press.

Mashal, N., Andric, M., & Small, S.L. (2012). Motor and non-motor language representations in the brain. In: Faust, M. (Ed.), The handbook of the neuropsychology of language (pp. 276- 293). Oxford, England: Wiley-Blackwell.


Conference Participation

Andric, M., & Hasson, U. (2013). Complex input creates complex networks. Presented at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, USA.

Yang, J., Andric, M., Duncan, S., Holt, A., Hasson, U., Cooper, E., & Small, S.L.  (2013). Top-down modulation of brain networks during discourse comprehension. Presented at the Annual Neurobiology of Language Conference, San Diego, CA, USA.

Broce, I., Dick, A.S., Tremblay, P., Hasson, U., Andric, M., & Small, S.L.  (2012). The neurobiology of sentence comprehension in a narrative context. Presented at the Annual Neurobiology of Language Conference, San Sebastian, Spain.

Andric, M. & Small, S.L. (2011). Functional community structure for discourse comprehension and gesture processing. Presented at the Neurobiology of Language Conference, Annapolis, MD, USA.

Andric, M. & Small, S.L. (2011). Co-speech gesture processing in natural conversation.Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Quebec City, Canada.

Andric, M. & Small, S.L. (2010). Studying the biology of co-speech gesture processing in natural settings. Presented at the Neurobiology of Language Conference, San Diego, CA, USA.

Andric, M. & Small, S.L. (2010). Understanding brain function in natural settings.Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Barcelona, Spain.

Andric, M., & Small, S.L. (2009). Hemodynamic signal fluctuation due to occurrence of cospeech gestures in audiovisual story comprehension. Presented at the Neurobiology of Language Conference, Chicago, IL, USA.

Andric, M. & Small, S.L. (2009). HRF phase dynamics in observing the same semantic information presented manually and orally. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, San Francisco, CA, USA.

Hasson, U., Andric, M., Kenny, S., Wilde, M., & Small S.L. (2008). An architecture for GRID-based analysis of Neuroimaging data using relational databases and the SWIFT workflow engine. Frontiers in Neuroinformatics. Conference Abstract: Neuroinformatics 2008. doi:10.3389/conf.neuro.11.2008.01.118

Andric, M., Hasson, U., & Small, S.L. (2008). Neuroimaging analysis and visualization tools for remote collaboration. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Melbourne, Australia.

Chen, E., Andric, M., & Small, S.L. (2008). Evaluating the sensitivity of a peak fit analysis to speech-associated manual gestures during naturalistic audiovisual language comprehension. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Melbourne, Australia.

Andric, M., Solodkin, A., Buccino, G., Rizzolatti, G., Goldin-Meadow, S., & Small, S.L. (2008). Grasping meaning from action observation. Presented at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, USA.

Small, S.L., Andric, M., Solodkin, A., Buccino, G., Rizzolatti, G., & Goldin-Meadow, S. (2007). Hand observation and language: emblems, speech, and grasping. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Chicago, IL, USA.

Invited Talks

Andric, M. (2013). Network measures in R. Talk given at the Center for Mind/Brain Sciences, The University of Trento, Italy.

Andric, M. (2011). The CNARI framework: Computational workflows and infrastructure for neuroimaging data analysis. Talk given at the 8th Postgraduate Academic Forum of Beihang University, Beijing, China.

Andric, M. (2008). Language. Lecture given in Cognitive Psychology taught by Sian Beilock at The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA.

Andric, M. (2008). Database enabled visualization and analysis of neuroimaging data. Invited talk given at the Scientific and Statistical Computing Core of the NIMH, Bethesda, MD, USA. (In collaboration with Uri Hasson, Anthony Dick, & Steven Small).


Ad-hoc Reviewer

Brain and Language, Cerebral Cortex, Human Brain Mapping, Journal of Neurophysiology, NeuroImage

Conference Service

Program Committee, Neurobiology of Language Conference, Chicago, IL, USA 2009

Teaching

Teaching Assistance for Fundamentals of Psychology, The University of Chicago (Winter Quarter 2009)

Teaching Assistant for Cognitive Psychology, The University of Chicago (Autumn Quarter 2008)

Teaching Intern for Mind I, II & III, Social Sciences Division Core Course, The University of Chicago (Autumn, Winter & Spring Quarters 2008-2009)