Carissa Philippi

Saint Paul, MN
B.A. Psychology, Religious Studies, University of Iowa, 2005
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.

Defense date: 
Thesis project: 

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

“I like to describe Iowa City as a small town, with a big city feel. The town is great to live in for a graduate student: cost of living is low, it is a very safe city, and a ton of activities. Iowa City is perfectly located within driving distance to several bigger cities: Des Moines (2 hours), Chicago (3.5 hours), Madison (3 hours), and Minneapolis (5 hours). Whether it's the summer jazz festival, film festivals, live bands, or the farmer's market, there are cultural events year-round that give you the chance to get out and have some fun. ”