Neuroscience Graduate Program - Student Profile

Daniel Rubinstein

Student Profile

I graduated in 2009 from Cornell, where I studied math and cognitive science, and did research in the cognitive neuroscience lab. I always loved thinking about thinking but after reading "I am a Strange Loop" by Douglas Hofstadter, I became even more fascinated with how the brain/mind works and how we might be able to model it. To me, nothing could possibly be more interesting than this, because of the highly re-creative characteristics of our minds. The emotional drive for self-knowledge is an equally strong force in my academic path. After college, I returned to my home state of Maryland to work in the Magnetoencephalography Core at the NIH as a Post-bac Intramural Research Trainee for two years, and then I joined the NIH-Brown GPP program. Currently I'm in my third year.

Undergraduate Institution

Cornell University

Research | Presentations & Posters | Publications | Accomplishments | Hobbies & Outside Interests

Research Description

At the cognitive neuroscience lab in Cornell, I studied how people implicitly learn statistical regularities in the environment, and how much people automatically generalize these rules to larger classes of objects.
In the MEG Core, I ran batteries of neuroimaging experiments on healthy participants and patients with schizophrenia to examine differences in resting state, working memory, and various auditory processing tasks.
Now in Karen Berman's lab, I'm continuing to use various neuroimaging modalities such as MEG, PET, and fMRI, to study the underlying mechanisms of schizophrenia, focusing on gamma band activity during working memory.

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Hobbies and Outside Interests

Outside of neuroscience, I enjoy pretty much everything except roller coasters. In particular, I like playing sports, word games, and generally philosophizing about the universe.