Research Expertise and Interest
cognitive neuroscience, language, physiology, memory, attention, psychology, working memory, neuropsychology, human prefrontal cortex, neural mechanisms of cognitive processing, sensory gating, sustained attention, ad novelty detection
Robert T. Knight is a professor in the Department of Psychology and the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute. His laboratory studies the contribution of prefrontal cortex to human behavior. They use electrophysiological and behavioral techniques to study controls and neurological patients with frontal lobe damage in an effort to understand the neural mechanisms subserving cognitive processing in humans. The laboratory also records intracranial activity directly from the cortical surface (electrocorticogram; ECoG) and depth (stereoencephalography; sEEG) in neurosurgical patients with implanted electrodes to study the electrophysiology of network activity supporting goal-directed behavior in humans. The laboratory also uses this information for development of brain machine interfaces for motor and language prosthetic devices.