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George Spilich

John Toll Professor of Psychology
With the discovery of a neurodegenerative disease in a number of athletes who have recently died, doctors see sports-related brain trauma as a growing health crisis. The condition, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, is caused by repetitive trauma to the brain.

Professor George Spilich, a cognitive neuroscientist who specializes in neurodamage and cognitive function, has been working with departmental colleagues and students at Washington College to better understand the cumulative effects of concussion.

  • B.A., University of Wisconsin, 1974
  • M.A., University of Texas at El Paso, 1978
  • Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 1980
  • neurodamage and cognition
  • sex differences in cortical processes
  • EEG, cognitive hemodynamics and eyegaze
  • general psychology
  • cognitive neuroscience and cognitive psychology
  • biostatistics
  • human sexuality
  • drugs and behavior
  • neuroscience research methods
Professional Experience

Clinical Research Professor, Departments of Neurology and Nuclear Medicine, University of Zagreb Hospitals, Zagreb, Croatia (1989-90)