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Robert Knight, MD

Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology

University of California, Berkeley

Dr. Knight joined the Psychology Department at UC Berkeley in 1998 to develop a program in human neuroscience. After completion of a Neurology residency at the University of California at San Diego, he did post-doctoral training at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in the area of human neurophysiology. Prior to moving to Berkeley he was a faculty member in the Department of Neurology at the University of California at Davis. During this period he received the Jacob Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke for distinguished contributions to Neurological research. Dr. Knight received his BS in Physics from the Illinois Institute of Technology and his MD from Northwestern University Medical School. He is an internationally acknowledged expert in the neurophysiological analysis of cognitive and emotional processing in humans.

Dr. Knight is also the Chief Science Advisor of Neurofocus Inc, the market leader in bringing neuroscience expertise to advertising, branding, product development and packaging, and entertainment. NeuroFocus clients include Fortune 100 companies across multiple categories, including automotive, consumer packaged goods, food and beverage, financial services, Internet, retail, and many more sectors. Entertainment category clients include major companies in the broadcast, cable television, and motion picture industries. NeuroFocus is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nielsen.


>>View complete list of publications by Robert Knight on Pubmed

Jafarpour A, Piai V, Lin JJ, and Knight RT. “Human hippocampal pre-activation predicts behavior.” Science Rep. (2017).

Ri├Ęs SK, Dhillon RK, Clarke A, King-Stephens D, Laxer KD, Weber PB, Kuperman RA, Auguste KI, Brunner P, Schalk G, Lin JJ, Parvizi J, Crone NE, Dronkers NF, and Knight RT. “Spatiotemporal dynamics of word retrieval in speech production revealed by cortical high-frequency band activity.” Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. (2017).

Holdgraf CR, de Heer W, Pasley B, Rieger J, Crone N, Lin JJ, Knight RT, and Theunissen FE. “Rapid tuning shifts in human auditory cortex enhance speech intelligibility.” Nat Commun. (2016).