Eric Emmons, Ph.D. student, Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Neuroscience
Studies cognitive dysfunction
• What is your area of research or scholarship? I study how the brain decides when to do things and what happens when disease makes this process dysfunctional.
• In simple terms, why does this research matter? Neuropsychiatric diseases like schizophrenia currently have treatments that address symptoms like hallucinations and delusions but don’t improve symptoms that disrupt cognitive abilities like organizing actions in time. My research investigates breakdowns in neuronal processing that lead to deficits in timing with the hope that we can develop more successful treatments for cognitive dysfunction in schizophrenia.
• What is your degree program and expected graduate date? Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Neuroscience; expected graduation: Fall 2018
• Hometown: Northfield, MN
• Faculty mentor/advisor: Kumar Narayanan, Neurology
• What are your career goals? I’m passionate about research and teaching–my ultimate goal is to find a faculty position at an institution that will allow me to spend time pursuing both.
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