Daniel Tranel, PhD


Specialty: Cognitive Neuroscience
Associate Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Professor of Neurology
Professor of Psychology

Contact Information

Primary Office: 2155 RCP
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 319-384-6050



BA, Psychology, Notre Dame
MA, Clinical Psychology, University of Iowa
PhD, Clinical Psychology, University of Iowa

Fellowship, Behavioral Neurology, University of Iowa College of Medicine
Post Doctorate, Clinical Neuropsychology, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

Licensure and Certifications

Specialty Board Certification: Diplomate in Clinical Neuropsychology, The American Board of Professional Psychology/American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology (ABPP/ABCN)
Provider in Psychology , National Health Service
Professional Psychology, State of Iowa

Education/Training Program Affiliations

Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Informatics
Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Neuroscience
Medical Scientist Training Program

Research Summary

Neuropsychological and neuroanatomical correlates of complex human behavior. My research deals with the following topics: visual recognition; face recognition; verbal and nonverbal learning and retrieval; nonconscious cognitive processing; acquired disorders of social conduct; emotional processing; psychophysiology. The work is aimed at understanding brain-behavior relationships in humans, at systems level. Two main approaches are used: (1) the lesion method, in which brain-damaged patients are studied with neuropsychological procedures to determine how certain lesion sites are related to certain cognitive and behavioral deficits; and (2) functional imaging, including PET and fMRI, in which the brain activation in normal subjects is measured while the subjects are performing various tasks. My research has been continuously and fully funded for three decades. I have about a thousand square feet of laboratory space in the Department of Neurology in the University of Iowa Hospitals.

Selected Publications

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Buchanan T, Tranel D, Adolphs R.  A specific role for the human amygdala in olfactory memory..  Learning & memory (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.).  10(5):319-25.

Paradiso S, Anderson B, Boles Ponto L, Tranel D, Robinson R.  Altered neural activity and emotions following right middle cerebral artery stroke..  Journal of stroke and cerebrovascular diseases : the official journal of National Stroke Association.  20(2):94-104.

Paradiso S, Caspers K, Tranel D, Coryell W.  Cognition and nondysphoric depression among adoptees at high risk for psychopathology..  Comprehensive psychiatry.  52(5):498-506.

Bechara A, Tranel D, Damasio H, Damasio A.  Failure to respond autonomically to anticipated future outcomes following damage to prefrontal cortex..  Cerebral cortex (New York, N.Y. : 1991).  6(2):215-25.

Adolphs R, Tranel D, Denburg N.  Impaired emotional declarative memory following unilateral amygdala damage..  Learning & memory (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.).  7(3):180-6.

Buchanan T, Tranel D, Adolphs R.  Impaired memory retrieval correlates with individual differences in cortisol response but not autonomic response..  Learning & memory (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.).  13(3):382-7.

Tranel D, Manzel K, Asp E, Kemmerer D.  Naming dynamic and static actions: neuropsychological evidence..  Journal of physiology, Paris.  102(3-Jan):80-94.

Damasio H, Tranel D, Grabowski T, Adolphs R, Damasio A.  Neural systems behind word and concept retrieval..  Cognition.  92(2-Jan):179-229.

Tranel D, Damasio A, Damasio H, Brandt J.  Sensorimotor skill learning in amnesia: additional evidence for the neural basis of nondeclarative memory..  Learning & memory (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.).  1(3):165-79.

Chu C, Tranel D, Damasio A, Van Hoesen G.  The autonomic-related cortex: pathology in Alzheimer's disease..  Cerebral cortex (New York, N.Y. : 1991).  7(1):86-95.

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