Thackery Ian Brown, Ph.D.

Thackery Ian Brown, Ph.D.

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2016 NARSAD Young Investor Grantee

Thackery Ian Brown, Ph.D.

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Stanford University
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2016 NARSAD Young Investor Grantee

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Thackery Ian Brown, Ph.D., Stanford University, will examine the impact of stress on the ability to plan for the future. Using functional magnetic resonance imaging to measure brain activity during a virtual spatial navigation task, Dr. Brown hopes to identify the neural mechanisms that enable thoughts about the future. The theory behind the research is that stress disrupts those mechanisms to limit future-oriented thought, leading to more habitual, and less efficient, behavior. This study aims to illuminate how pronounced stress, common in anxiety disorders, can impair memory and goal-directed actions.