Eric Gobel is a doctoral candidate in Northwestern’s neuroscience program, (finally) finishing up his dissertation research in the lab of Dr. Paul Reber. His area of expertise is human memory, with his research focusing on how the brain learns motor skills, such as throwing a baseball, hitting a softball, playing guitar, and dancing like a robot. In the spirit of controlled experimental research and protecting innocent bystanders from your robot dance, however, he developed a simpler task – similar to Guitar Hero – for use in the lab.
In addition to his passion for the science of memory, Eric is a huge sports fan (don’t be surprised to see that creep into his Science in Society blog). This fanaticism only intensified during his undergraduate days at the University of Notre Dame, where he studied biology and earned his B.S. degree in 2003.
And now a shameless plug: Eric will be teaching a six-week psychology course this summer about memory through NU's School of Continuing Studies. If you’re reading this bio, you might be interested in taking the course (Tue and Thu, 6:15-8:45pm)!
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