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Brian Russ, Ph.D.

Brian Russ, Ph.D.

Research Scientist
Center for Biomedical Imaging and Neuromodulation

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Dr. Russ began his research career as an undergraduate at Virginia Tech, where he investigated how a person’s perception of a social interaction is influenced by their emotional state and past history of abuse. Following graduation, he took a research assistantship at the University of Pennsylvania studying the neurological representation of motor imagery using EEG. In graduate school, he joined Dr. Yale Cohen’s laboratory at Dartmouth College, where he investigated how the encoding of ethologically relevant communication signals, such as vocalizations, are processed in the macaque cortex. Next, as a post-doctoral fellow with Marc Hauser, he focused on learning cognitive and behavioral aspects of social cognition in the context of non-human primate ethology. Prior to joining the Nathan Kline Institute, he was working as a post-doctoral fellow at the National Institute of Mental Health with Dr. David Leopold using fMRI and single unit recordings to investigate the neural mechanisms underlying the brain’s dynamic encoding of naturalistic stimuli. Brian joined the Center for Biomedical Imaging and Neuromodulation at NKI in August, and is working on integrating neuroimaging and electrophysiological techniques in nonhuman primates and humans.