Kristina Rapuano

About Me

I am a fifth year graduate student in the Kelley lab. Broadly, I am interested in studying how reward is represented in the brain, how this representation is derived from low-level perceptual processes, and how it differs across individuals.

Prior to my arrival at Dartmouth, I worked at the NIH under Alex Martin in the Laboratory of Brain and Cognition where I used fMRI to study the neural correlates of food perception and  gustatory processing in obese and lean populations. Before this, I completed my B.S. in Psychology (neuroscience concentration) at Penn State with minors in Biology and Neuroscience.

 

Contact

Kristina.M.Rapuano.GR@Dartmouth.edu
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Journal Articles

Rapuano, K.M., Zieselman, A.L., Kelley, W.M., Sargent, J.D., Heatherton, T.F., Gilbert-Diamond, D. (2016). Genetic risk for obesity predicts nucleus accumbens size and responsivity to real-world food cues. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 114 (1), 160-165.

Gilbert-Diamond, D., Emond J., Lansigan R, Rapuano, K.M., Kelley, W.M., Heatherton, T.F., Sargent J.D. (2016). Television food advertisement exposure and FTO genotype in relation to excess consumption in children. International Journal of Obesity 41 (1), 23-29.

Kringelbach, ML. & Rapuano, K.M. (2016) Time in the orbitofrontal cortex. Brain. 139(4): 1010-1013.

Rapuano, K.M., Huckins, J.F., Sargent, J.D., Heatherton, T.F., Kelley, W.M. (2015). Spontaneous mouth sensorimotor representation in high-adiposity adolescents in response to viewing dynamic food commercials. Cerebral Cortex 26 (6), 2602-2611.

Simmons, W.K., Rapuano, K.M., Ingeholm, J.E., Avery, J., Kallman, S.J., Hall, K.D., Martin, A. (2014). The ventral pallidum and orbitofrontal cortex support food pleasantness inferences. Brain Structure & Function, 1863-2653.

Simmons, W.K., Rapuano, K.M., Kallman, S.J., Ingeholm, J.E., Miller, B., Gotts, S.J., Hall, K.D., Martin, A. (2013). Category-specific integration of homeostatic signals in caudal, but not rostral, human insula. Nature Neuroscience, 16 (11), 1551-1552.

Talkington, W.J., Rapuano, K.M., Hitt, L., Frum, C.A., Lewis, J.W. (2012). Humans mimicking animals: A cortical hierarchy for human vocal communication sounds. Journal of Neuroscience, 32(23):8084–8093.

Lewis, J.W., Frum, C.A., Brefczynski-Lewis, J.A., Talkington, W.J., Walker, N.A., Rapuano, K.M., Kovach, A.L. (2011). Cortical network differences in the sighted versus early blind for recognition of human-produced action sound. Human Brain Mapping, 32:2241–2255.

 

Poster Presentations

Rapuano, K.M., Heatherton, T.F., Kelley, W.M. Sex-differences in orbitofrontal cortex representation during evaluations of facial attractiveness. Social & Affective Neuroscience Society annual meeting, Los Angeles, CA. March 2017.

Rapuano, K.M., Heatherton, T.F., Kelley, W.M. Males and females evaluate facial attractiveness using different cognitive and affective strategies. Society for Neuroscience annual meeting, San Diego, CA. November 2016.

Rapuano, K.M., Chavez, R.S., Decker, M.E., Gilbert-Diamond, D., Sargent, J.D., Heatherton, T.F., Kelley, W.M.  Structural morphometry and connectivity in the human reward system predict obesity metrics. The Obesity Society annual meeting, New Orleans, LA. November 2016.

Rapuano, K.M., Zieselman, A.L., Kelley, W.M., Sargent, J.D., Heatherton, T.F., Gilbert-Diamond, D. Genetic risk for obesity enhances reward responsivity to real-world food cues in children. Social & Affective Neuroscience Society annual meeting, New York, NY. April 2016.

Rapuano, K.M., Chavez, R.S., Gilbert-Diamond, D., Heatherton, T.F., Kelley, W.M. Structural morphometry and connectivity in the human reward system predict obesity metrics. Dartmouth Integrative Biology Symposium, Hanover NH. April 2015. *Top poster award

Rapuano, K.M., Courtney, A.L., Sargent, J.D., Heatherton, T.F., Kelley, W.M. Brand preference and percent body fat modulate neural responses to food advertisements. Cognitive Neuroscience Society annual meeting. San Francisco CA, March 2015.

Rapuano, K.M., Courtney, A.L., Sargent, J.D., Heatherton, T.F., Kelley, W.M. Brand preference and percent body fat modulate neural responses to food advertisements. Obesity Society annual meeting. Boston MA, November 2014.

Rapuano, K.M., Huckins, J.F., Rogers, C., Sargent, J.D., Heatherton, T.F., Kelley, W.M. Fast food commercials differentially engage sensorimotor and insular cortices in overweight and normal weight adolescents. Society for Neuroscience, 2013.

 

Rapuano, K.M., Simmons, W.K., Ingeholm, J.E., Knuth, N., Hall, K.D. Inferences about food pleasantness modulate activity in the ventral pallidum. Cognitive Neuroscience Society, 2012.