Deepti Putcha, M.A.



Deepti is a doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at Boston University. She is interested in investigating the neural correlates underlying visual perception and resting state functional connectivity networks in both healthy older adults as well as individuals with Parkinson's disease.


Deepti is currently exploring the activity of brain regions supporting visual perception of optic flow stimuli thought to inform spatial navigation abilities. Specifically, she is focusing on examining how Parkinson's disease affects the activity of V6 and MT+ in response to optic flow stimuli. Additionally, she is exploring the effects of Parkinson's disease on functional connectivity networks at rest, and how these changes relate to neuropsychological performance.




Putcha, D., Brickhouse, M., O’Keefe, K., Sullivan, C., Rentz, D., Marshall, G., Dickerson, B., and Sperling, R. (2011) Hippocampal hyperactivity associated with cortical thinning in Alzheimer’s disease signature regions in non-demented elderly adults. The Journal of Neuroscience, 31(48), 17680-8.


Putcha, D., O’Keefe, K., LaViolette, P., O’Brien, J., Greve, D., Locascio, J., Atri, A., Rentz, D., and Sperling, R. (2011) Reliability of fMRI Associative Encoding Memory Paradigm in Non-Demented Elderly Adults. Human Brain Mapping. doi: 10.1002/hbm.21166


Vannini, P., Hedden, T., Becker, JA., Sullivan, C., Putcha, D., Rentz, D., Johnson, KA., Sperling, RA. (2011). Age and amyloid-related alterations in default network habituation to stimulus repetition. Neurobiology of Aging.


Drzezga, A., Becker, J.A., Van Dijk, K.R.A., Sreenivasan, A., Talukdar, T., Sullivan, C., Schultz, A.P., Sepulcre, J., Putcha, D., Greve, D., Johnson, K.A., and Sperling, R.A. (2011). Neuronal dysfunction and disconnection of cortical hubs in non-demented subject with elevated amyloid burden. Brain.


Wang L, Laviolette P, O'Keefe K, Putcha D, Bakkour A, Koene R.A. Van Dijk, Maija Pihlajamäki, Bradford C. Dickerson, and Reisa A. Sperling. 2010. Intrinsic connectivity between the hippocampus and posteromedial cortex predicts memory performance in cognitively intact older individuals. Neuroimage 51:910-7.


Becker, J.A., Hedden, T., Carmasin, J., Maye, J., Rentz, D., Putcha, D., Fischl, B., Greve, D.N., Marshall, G.A., Salloway, S., Marks, D., Buckner, R.L, Sperling, R.A., and Johnson, K.A. (2010). Amyloid-β associated cortical thinning in clinically normal elderly. Annals of Neurology.