Joy Hirsch Aug 2013 Joy Hirsch, Ph.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobiology, Yale School of Medicine. Joy Hirsch has recently been recruited to Yale University to head a new Brain Function Laboratory leaving her previous position as Professor of Neuroscience at Columbia University where she was the Director and founder of the university-wide Functional MRI Research Center and the Program for Imaging and Cognitive Science, PICS.Her research on the human brain has focused on understanding principles of the relationships between the brain, mind, and behavior, and the translation of these advances to serve medical applications.Current new directions for her laboratory at Yale aim to understand the neural processes that underlie interpersonal communication and, in particular, neural mechanisms that are engaged during interpersonal conflict, conflict resolution, competition, and cooperative tasks. These new investigations open a novel era of neural investigations that focus on multiple interacting brains rather than the more traditional approaches focused on single brains, and aim to impact social and political conditions related to conflict.Professor Hirsch has published over 120 peer-reviewed scientific papers and chapters, is a popular world-wide lecturer on the brain, and served as a curator for the 2010-2011 Brain Exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History. She was awarded the prestigious Gamow Science prize in 2009 for her accomplishments in science and was one of the five women scientists featured in the 2011 World Science Festival. Professor Hirsch has been an active teacher at both Columbia University and at Yale University, and has mentored many student trainees at all levels of the academic pathway.
10329_584130720613_455483_nJ. Adam Noah, Ph.D. Dr. Noah is a research faculty member of the Brain Function Laboratory experienced in computational systems and methods of brain imaging and application of traditional video games to clinical and basic neuroscience research. His background in patient care and rehabilitation via the use of virtual reality interventions contributes a significant segment to the lab and its future directions. Adam is experienced in recording and data analysis techniques associated with functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS). His focus in the lab extends his previous interests and expertise using functional brain recording techniques combined with video games as tools to understand mechanisms of motor control, decision-making and cognitive function.
YMS1313_0402_X_ZhangXian Zhang, Ph.D.Dr. Zhang is a research faculty member of the Brain Function Laboratory experienced in neural physiology and mathematics. His research interest include dynamic decision-making, psychiatry and vision.
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Professor Maurice Biriotti is Chief Executive of SHM, Chair of Medical Humanities and Enterprise, University College London
and Visiting Professor of Psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine.  Maurice is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He is also an Adjunct Professor to the School of Management and Marketing, University of Ireland (Cork).Before setting up the company in 1996, Maurice was a full-time academic, and held posts at the Universities of Cambridge, Birmingham and Zurich. His published work covers literature, philosophy, anthropology and the dynamics of cultural change. SHM was founded on the insight that human motivation is at the root of all business success and is critical to business innovation and the delivery of competitive advantage.Maurice has applied this insight successfully across both the public and private sectors and it remains at the heart of all of the work the company carries out. In the public sector, Maurice has worked with organizations including the NHS, GMC, Department for Business Innovations and Skills (BIS), and Department of Health (DoH), using research into the motivations of members of these organizations to improve their cultures, processes, structures and ways of working. Similarly, in the private sector, Maurice has worked with major organizations such as Unilever and Diageo, both in the UK and internationally, to guide and manage major change initiatives. In both sectors, Maurice is looked upon as a peer or partner to the senior management boards he works with, and is valued for his unusual insights, clarity of thinking, and ability to cut through to the real issues.
rayRaymond Cappiello, Laboratory Manager.
August 28, 2013 - Shaw Bronner, pictured in the Curry Student Center dance studio, is a new faculty member and Director of the Analysis of Dance and Movement (ADAM) Center, a research laboratory dedicated to studying human movement and dance through biomechanics, ergonomics, neuroscience and more.  She directs physical therapy services at the Alvin Ailey modern dance company and school.Shaw Bronner, PT, PhD, OCSShaw Bronner is an associate professor in the Dept. of Physical Therapy at Northeastern University. She directs the ADAM Center in Boston as well as Physical Therapy Services at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in NYC. The mission of the ADAM Center is to prevent work related musculoskeletal disorders and injury, improve rehabilitation, and optimize function in dancers and other populations. In addition, it is to understand the interaction of dance and other arts on human motor and cognitive performance and well-being.
LarryAmsel Larry Amsel, M.D.Dr. Amsel is a visiting professor in the Brain Function Laboratory.  His work focuses on models of decision making in Psychiatry, trauma and conflict resolution.

Alumni and Former Colleagues

diana Diana Rodriguez Moreno, Ph.D.Dr. Rodriguez Moreno is an associate research scientist in the Brain Function Laboratory.  She is experienced in studies of consciousness, reasoning, and language.  Her current research interests include understanding neural circuitries that underlie language disorders in autism.
hs Harry Schneider, M.D., Ph.D.Dr. Schneider is a visiting professor in the Brain Function Laboratory.  His research focuses on Autism and the neural circuitry that underlies language disorders.