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Kyle Simmons PhD

Associate Professor of Community Medicine Oxley College of Health Sciences
Community Medicine

kyle-simmons@utulsa.edu
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Ph.D., Emory University
M.A., Emory University
B.A., Harding University


The following may be selected publications rather than a comprehensive list.

Book Chapters


Martin, A, and William Simmons. “The Structural Basis of Semantic Memory.” Learning and Memory: A Comprehensive Reference. Ed. J. Byrne and H. Eichenbaum. 2008. 113–130. Print.

Barsalou, L.W., Santos, A., Simmons, W.K., & Wilson, C.D. (2008). Language and simulation in conceptual processing. In M. De Vega, A. M. Glenberg, & A. C. Graesser, (Eds.), Symbols, embodiment, and meaning. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Barsalou, L.W., Pecher, D., Zeelenberg, R., Simmons, W.K., & Hamann, S.B. (2005). Multi-modal simulation in conceptual processing. In W. Ahn, R. Goldstone, B. Love, A. Markman, & P. Wolff (Eds.), Categorization inside and outside the lab: Festschrift in honor of Douglas L. Medin (pp. 249-270). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Journal Articles


Clausen, A et al. “PTSD and Cognitive Symptoms Relate to Inhibition-Related Prefrontal Activation and Functional Connectivity.” Depression and anxiety 34.5 (2017): 427–436. Print.

Avery, Jason et al. “How the Brain Wants What the Body Needs: The Neural Basis of Positive Alliesthesia.” Neuropsychopharmacology : official publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (2016): n. pag. Print.

Kerr, K., Avery, J.A., Barcalow, J., Moseman, S., Bodurka, J., Bellgowan, P.S.F., & Simmons, W.K., (2015) Trait impulsivity is related to ventral ACC and amygdala activity during primary reward anticipation. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 10, 36-42.

Shank, L.M., Tanofsky-Kraff, M., Nelson, E.E., … Simmons, W.K., Engel, S.G., Pine, D.S., Yanovski, J.A., (2015). Attentional bias to food cues in youth with loss of control eating. Appetite, 87, 68-75.

Simmons, W.K., Rapuano, K., Ingeholm, J., Avery, J., Kallman, S., Hall, K.D., Martin, A., (2014). The ventral pallidum and orbitofrontal cortex support food pleasantness inferences. Brain Structure and Function, 219, 473-83.

Avery, J., Drevets, W.C., Moseman, S., Bodurka, J., Barcalow, J., & Simmons, W.K., (2014) Major depressive disorder is associated with abnormal interoceptive activity and functional connectivity in the insula. Biological Psychiatry, 76, 258-266

Black, W.R., Lepping, R.J., Bruce, A.S., Powell, J.N., Bruce, J.M., Martin, L.E., Davis, A.M., Brooks, W.M., Savage, C.R., & Simmons, W.K. (2014) Tonic Hyper-Connectivity of Reward Neurocircuitry in Obese Children. Obesity, 22, 1590-1593

Guo, J., Simmons, W.K., Herscovitch, P., Martin, A., & Hall, K.D. (2014) Human obesity is positively associated with dopamine D2-like receptor binding potential in the dorsolateral striatum and negatively associated in the ventromedial striatum. Molecular Psychiatry, 9, 1078-1084

Wilson-Mendenhall, C., Simmons, W.K., Martin, A., & Barsalou, L.W. (2013). Contextual processing of abstract concepts reveals neural representations of non-linguistic content. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 25, 920-935.

Simmons, W.K., Rapuano, K., Kallman, S.J., Ingeholm, J.E., Miller, B., Gotts, Avery, J., Hall, K.D., & Martin, A., (2013) Category-specific integration of hemostatic signals in the caudal, but not rostral, human insula. Nature Neuroscience, 16, 1551-1552.

Simmons, W.K., Avery, J., Barcalow, J., Bodurka, J., Drevets, W., & Bellgowan, P. (2013). Keeping the body in mind: Insula functional organization and functional connectivity integrate interoceptive, exteroceptive, and emotional awareness. Human Brain Mapping, 34, 2944-2958.

Gotts, S.J., Simmons, W.K., Milbury, L.A., Wallace, G.L., Cox, R.W., & Martin, A. (2012). Fractionation of social brain circuits in autism spectrum disorders. Brain, 135, 2711-2725.

Simmons, W.K., & Martin, A. (2012). Spontaneous resting-state BOLD fluctuations reveal persistent domain-specific neurocircuits. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 7, 467-475.

Simmons, W.K. & Drevets, W.C., (2012) A ‘taste of what is to come: reward sensitivity as a potential endophenotype for major depressive disorder. Biological Psychiatry, 72, 526-527.

Zotev, V., Krueger, F., Phillips, R., Alvarez, R., Simmons, W.K., Bellgowan, P., Drevets, W., & Bodurka, J. (2011). Self-regulation of Amygdala Activation using Real-time fMRI Neurofeedback. PLoS ONE, 6, e24522

Wilson-Mendenhall, C., Feldman Barrett, L., Simmons, W.K., & Barsalou, L.W. (2011). Grounding emotion in situated conceptualization. Neuropsychologia, 49, 1105-27.

Santos, A., Chaigneau, S.E., Simmons, W.K., & Barsalou, L.W. (2011). Property generation reflects word association and situated simulation. Language and Cognition, 3(1), 83-119.

Simmons, W.K., Reddish, M., Bellgowan, P.S.F., & Martin, A. (2010). The selectivity and functional connectivity of the anterior temporal lobes. Cerebral Cortex, 20, 813-825.

Jo, H.J., Saad Z.S., Simmons, W.K., Milbury, L.A., & Cox, R.W. (2010). Mapping sources of correlation in resting fMRI, with artifact detection and removal. NeuroImage, 52, 571-582.

Simmons, W.K. & Martin, A. (2009). The Anterior Temporal Lobes and the Functional Architecture Of Semantic Memory. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 15, 645-649.

Kriegeskorte, N., Simmons, W.K., Bellgowan, P.S.F., & Baker, C.I. (2009). Circular analysis in systems neuroscience - the dangers of double dipping. Nature Neuroscience, 12, 535-540.

Simmons, W.K., Hamann, S.B., Harenski, C.N., Hu, X.P., & Barsalou, L.W. (2008). fMRI evidence for word association and situated simulation in conceptual processing. Journal of Physiology – Paris, 102, 106-119.

Simmons, W.K., Ramjee, V., Beauchamp, M.S., McRae, K., Martin, A. & Barsalou, L.W. (2007). A common neural substrate for perceiving and knowing about color. Neuropsychologia, 45, 2802 -2810.

Simmons, W.K., Bellgowan, P.S.F., Martin, A. (2007). Measuring selectivity in fMRI data. Nature Neuroscience, 10, 4-5.

Simmons, W.K., Martin, A., & Barsalou, L.W. (2005). Pictures of appetizing foods activate gustatory cortices for taste and reward. Cerebral Cortex, 15, 1602 – 1608.

Barsalou, L.W., Barbey, A.K., Simmons, W.K., & Santos, A. (2005). Embodiment in religious knowledge. Journal of Cognition and Culture, 5, 14-44.

Cornwell, B., Barbey, A.K., & Simmons, W.K. (2004). The embodied bases of supernatural concepts. [Commentary on the target article Religion’s evolutionary landscape: Counterintuition, commitment, compassion, communion]. Behavioral & Brain Sciences, 27, 735-736

Barsalou, L.W., Simmons, W.K., Barbey, A., & Wilson, C. (2003). Grounding conceptual knowledge in modality-specific systems. Trends in Cognitive Science, 7 (2), 84 – 91.

Simmons, W.K., & Barsalou, L.W. (2003). The similarity-in-topography principle: Reconciling theories of conceptual deficits. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 20, 451-486.

Hassanpour, M et al. “How the Heart Speaks to the Brain: Neural Activity during Cardiorespiratory Interoceptive Stimulation.” Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B (2017): n. pag. Print.

Lepping, R.J., Bruce, A., Francisco, A., … Simmons, W.K., Bruce, J.M., (in Press). Resting State Brain Connectivity After Surgical and Behavioral Weight Loss. Obesity.

*Feldman Barrett, L., & *Simmons, W.K. (in press). Interoceptive Predictions in the Brain. Nature Reviews Neuroscience. *Indicates equal contribution

Martin A., Simmons W.K., Beauchamp M.S., Gotts S.J. (in Press) Is a single ‘hub’, with lots of spokes, an accurate description of the neural architecture of action semantics? Physics of Life Reviews.


Faculty of the Oklahoma Center for Neuroscience
Psi Chi National Honor Society