Columbia University in the City of New York

Jerome L. Greene Science Center (Credit: Frank Oudeman/Columbia University)

Vincent P. Ferrera, PhD

Professor of Neuroscience (in Psychiatry); Principal Investigator at Columbia's Zuckerman Institute


Vincent Ferrera studies learning, attention and decision-making. The main focus of his lab is to understand how the brain makes inferences based on partial information. This work is relevant to understanding the neural circuits that underlie important abilities such as economic decision-making, social functioning and mathematical reasoning. His lab is also developing a technique known as focused ultrasound, which offers improved, non-invasive, targeted drug delivery and deep brain stimulation. Focused ultrasound could one day lead to better non-surgical treatments for patients suffering from a variety of brain disorders, such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases, schizophrenia and depression.

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Evolution July 13, 2015

Brain Network that Controls, Redirects Attention Identified

Human-specific network may have evolved to strengthen social communication.

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