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.

“I searched for a school that boasted a positive environment for collaboration, commitment to scientific training, and a high caliber of mentorship, all surrounded by a town I could feel at home in.  My first exposure to the University of Iowa was during a summer undergraduate research fellowship.  During that ten weeks training, I found that that the University of Iowa fulfilled all of my expectations for graduate school and much, much more.  It was that experience that I compared all of my other graduate interviews too, and needless to say, but I will anyway, I chose the University of Iowa. ”