Carissa Philippi

PhilippiC001
Saint Paul, MN
B.A. Psychology, Religious Studies, University of Iowa, 2005
Department(s): 
Neurology
Research interests: 

Investigating the role of disconnection in various cognitive domains (e.g. memory, emotion, attention) by utilizing a method which incorporates connectivity information from a probabilistic fiber tract atlas and traditional proportional group-level voxelwise lesion analysis. In addition to studies on disconnection, I am interested in exploring the neural correlates of consciousness.

Living in Iowa City: 

My experience in the Neuroscience program at Iowa has been wonderful. The faculty and students are always very accessible and helpful. I especially enjoyed my rotation experience, as I had the opportunity to meet different faculty and learn new techniques and skills that I am using in my current lab. In terms of my experience in Iowa City, it is a great place. The first time I came to visit, I was struck with how comfortable I felt, and in particular the people here are quite friendly and hospitable. In terms of cost of living, Iowa City is extremely affordable. It truly has a small town feel, but with quite a bit to offer in terms of cultural events, activities, and restaurants.

Degree
Defense date: 
07/12/2011
Thesis project: 

The Dynamic Self: Exploring the Critical Role of the Default Mode Network in Self Referential Processing

“Out of all the places I have lived in my life, Iowa has the nicest and friendliest people I have met.  It is really hard to have a bad day in Iowa City.  Among my favorite things in Iowa City are the beautiful campus (yes, even in the winter), the great variety of food, and of course the opportunities that are available at the University of Iowa.  Being a New York native, it is refreshing to live in Iowa City since it is so peaceful and calm (game days aside of course).”