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 am from Taiwan, which means in addition to learning neuroscience, I also need to learn the language and culture of the United States. Iowa, especially the neuroscience program, provides me with an extremely friendly environment in which to learn. People in the program are warm, open-minded, and very willing to help me with my language questions, culture shock, homesickness, etc. In Taiwan, we say, “When you are home, you rely on your family; when you are not home, you rely on your friends. ” I made many friends in Iowa. In school, we help each other with classes and research. After school, we go out together, play sports together, and every once in a while, travel together (to nearby big cities and to conferences). Pursuing a Ph.D. degree is a long and difficult process. I am so glad that I came to Iowa for my degree because my friends and advisers here have been the always, most immediate, and most helpful support to me.”