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Neuroscience of Human Cognition Training Program

In a group of laboratories at Northwestern, groundbreaking investigations of the functions of the human brain are being accomplished using state-of-the-art methods of monitoring the brain in action. By anchoring these psychological investigations in brain science, future work in these labs promises to produce many new insights into the human mind and various human talents such as creativity, memory, perception and awareness.

Northwestern laboratories that support trainees working on the neuroscience of human cognition are on both the Evanston and Chicago campuses of Northwestern University in many different departments. Our research covers a wide variety of topics, as summarized in the diagram below.

Preceptor Summary Diagram - Neuroscience of Human Cognition Training Program

Our Team


  • Ken Paller, PhD

Associate Director

  • Marek-Marsel Mesulam, MD

Steering Committee

  • Ken Paller, PhD
  • Marek-Marsel Mesulam, MD
  • John Disterhoft, PhD
  • Marcia Grabowecky, PhD
  • Paul Reber, PhD
  • Joel Voss, PhD


  • A. Vania, Apkarian
  • Mark Beeman
  • Rodrigo Braga
  • Daniel Corcos
  • John Disterhoft
  • Tamar Gefen
  • Matt Goldrick
  • Marcia Grabowecky
  • Jordan Grafman
  • Caterina Gratton
  • Thorsten Kahnt
  • Nina Kraus
  • Viorica Marian
  • Marsel Mesulam
  • Vijay Mittal
  • Elizabeth Norton
  • Robin Nusslock
  • Ken Paller
  • Todd Parrish
  • Paul Reber
  • Emily Rogalski
  • Stewart Shankman
  • Marc Slutzky
  • Satoru Suzuki
  • Cynthia Thompson
  • Joel Voss
  • Sandra Weintraub
  • Phyllis Zee
  • Christina Zelano

Predoctoral Trainees

  • Catherine Han
    Advisor: Paul Reber, PhD
  • Rachel Keszycki
    Advisor: Tamar Gefen, PhD

Predoctoral Affiliate Trainees

  • Nathan Whitmore
    Advisor: Ken Paller, PhD
  • Vivek Sagar
    Advisor: Thorsten Kahnt, PhD

Postdoctoral Trainees

  • Derek Smith, PhD
    Advisor: Caterina Gratton, PhD
  • Remington Mallett, PhD
    Advisor: Ken Paller, PhD
  • Kasia Hitczenko, PhD
    Advisors: Vijay Mittal, PhD and Matt Goldrick, PhD

Contact Us

For more information, contact Ken Paller, PhD, at

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