Exploring Changes in Functional Brain Connectivity in Parkinson's Disease and Other Neurodegeneration
I am fascinated by the way the brain integrates innumerable sensory, motor, and cognitive functions, both conscious and unconscious, into a holistic understanding of the self and the world. I am curious about how these higher-order mental patterns arise, from the molecular level to the integrated brain, and how they are disrupted in neurodegenerative diseases.
I am presently studying the effects of dopamine replacement therapy on behavior: specifically, how such drugs cause a subset of Parkinson’s patients to experience disruptive impulse control disorder, leading to potentially destructive lifestyle choices.
Daniel Claassen and Manus Donahue
University of Tulsa