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Instructor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Bio Daniel is a neuroscientist focused on auditory-vocal function in human social communication. His expertise covers psychological, neurobiological, and acoustic perspectives on speech and music, their conveyance of affect, social-significance, and origins in mammalian vocal behavior. He combines psychophysiological, psychoacoustic, neuroendocrine and pharmacological methods to study perception and behavior in human subjects. Daniel graduated from the University of California San Diego in 2006 with summa cum laude honors in Biological Psychology (BS) and Neurophilosophy (BA). He holds a graduate certificate in Cognitive Neuroscience from Duke University (2009), and a PhD in Neurobiology from Duke University School of Medicine (2012). His postdoc at the University of Vienna (2012-18) focused on bioacoustics and auditory-motor synchrony. He is a recipient of multiple awards including a young investigator award from the University of Vienna Faculty of Life Sciences, and an innovation award from the Social and Affective Neuroscience society. At Stanford, he is translating his interdisciplinary background to autism spectrum disorder, where the social consequences of auditory-vocal impairments are only now beginning to be understood. Along the way, Daniel has been fortunate to be mentored by Patricia Churchland B.Phil., Dale Purves M.D., Tecumseh Fitch Ph.D., and Karen Parker Ph.D.