Daniel T Tranel, PhD

daniel-tranel
Neurology, Psychology
Professor; Neuroscience Ph.D. Program Director
Summary statement: 

Neuropsychological and neuroanatomical correlates of complex human behavior

Office phone: 
(319) 384-6050
Office number: 
2155
Office building: 
RCP
Clinic phone: 
(319) 356 2671

My research is aimed at understanding brain-behavior relationships in humans, at systems level. Two main approaches are used:

  1. the lesion method, in which brain-damaged patients are studied with neuropsychological procedures to determine how certain lesion sites are related to certain cognitive and behavioral deficits
  2. functional imaging, including PET and fMRI, in which the brain activation in normal subjects is measured while the subjects are performing various tasks.

Specific topics that I am working on currently include: retrieval of conceptual knowledge; retrieval of words and lexical knowledge; emotion and decision-making; face processing; nonconscious processing; acquired disorders of social conduct; memory; psychophysiology. My research has been continuously and fully funded for two decades. I have about a thousand square feet of laboratory space in the Department of Neurology in the University of Iowa Hospitals.

“What convinced me to attend Iowa was the Neuroscience Program. There's a deep commitment to neuroscience research at the University of Iowa, and it's reflected in the strength of the Neuroscience Program. Annually, it's ranked as one of the highest doctoral programs at the university, and the ongoing research conducted by the faculty and students is excellent. The interdisciplinary aspect of the program is tremendous for one's graduate education. There's a conflux of molecular/cellular, cognitive, systems, and behavioral research in the program and it really allows each student in the program to gain a broad spectrum of skills and knowledge in the field of neuroscience. But, the program was also attractive to me for reasons outside of the curriculum and research. From the moment I arrived on campus, the program has felt like a family. Students help each other out, and offer a great support system. And after several years of being in the program, I can undoubtedly say, Iowa was the perfect choice for me.”