Abigail A. Baird, PhD
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With one of my father's white dress shirts to use as a lab coat, and a small start-up fund from my grandparents, I opened my first laboratory in second grade. My early work focused mostly on dismantling broken household appliances in order to "fix" them, as well as using their parts to try to build radios. While the lab work was progressing nicely, two major world events forever changed my career path—Charlie's Angels and the Jarvik Seven. The Jarvik Seven (the first artificial heart) inspired an interest in bionics and human medicine; while Kelly, Jill and Sabrina encouraged my feathered haired inner sleuth. I remain a product of those combined interests, a Private Eye, who works in the human brain, or as some say, a scientist.

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Baird, A.A. Moral reasoning in adolescence: The integration of emotion and cognition, Moral Psychology Sinnott-Armstrong, W. (ed) forthcoming. PDF

Bennett, C.M., Baird, A.A. Anatomical Changes in the Emerging Adult Brain: A Voxel-Based Morphometry Study. In press, Human Brain Mapping. PDF

Hynes C.A., Baird, A.A., Grafton, S.T. Differential role of the orbital frontal lobe in emotional versus cognitive perspective taking. In press, Neuropsychologia. PDF

Baird, A.A., Veague, H.L., Rabbitt, C.A. Developmental precipitants of borderline personality disorder. In press, Development and Psychopathology. PDF

Baird, A.A. Sifting Myths for truths about our world. Science, 308(5726): 1261-1262, 2005. PDF

Baird, A.A., Colvin, M.K., VanHorn, J., Inati, S., & Gazzaniga, M.S. Functional Connectivity: Integrating Behavioral, DTI and fMRI data sets. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 17(4): 687-693, 2005. PDF

Baird, A.A., Fugelsang, J.A., The emergence of consequential thought: Evidence from neuroscience. Proceedings of the Royal Society, B, Biological Sciences, 359: 1797-1804, 2004. PDF

Gordon, H.L., Baird, A.A., End, A.E. Functional differences among those high and low on a trait measure of psychopathy. Biological Psychiatry, 56(7): 516-21, 2004. PDF

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