David Andresen’s research interests include cognitive neuroscience, social neuroscience, and visual object recognition. His interest in cognition led to using artificial neural-network modeling to understand how the computations of the mind are implemented within brain cells. However, recognizing how little is known about how cognition is implemented within the substrate of the brain, he pursued research at Stanford University using neuroimaging techniques, such as fMRI, to more directly examine how activity in the brain is correlated with mental processes. He now uses electroencephalography (EEG) to investigate the neural underpinnings of mental processes such as social cognition and visual object recognition. He is co-author of “Can Dogs Use Vocal Intonation as a Social Referencing Cue in an Object Choice Task" (2018; Animal Cognition), among other work. Andresen teaches courses about the brain and cognition.
B.S., Iowa State University, 1996; Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 2002