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UC Davis MIND Institute

UC Davis MIND Institute

Clifford D. Saron, Ph.D.

Clifford D. Saron, Ph.D.

Assistant Research Scientist, Center for Mind and Brain;  Lecturer, Autism Research Training Program, UC Davis MIND Institute
267 Cousteau Place
Davis, CA 95618

Phone:  (530) 297-5029
E-mail:  cdsaron@ucdavis.edu  

 

Dr. Saron is an experimental neuroscientist with over 33 years experience using electrophysiological and behavioral methods to study sensory and cognitive processes in humans. He is currently the director of the Core Human Neurophysiology Laboratory at the UC Davis Center for Mind and Brain (CMB) and holds faculty appointments at the CMB and MIND Institute. Dr. Saron's research is centered on using high-density event-related potentials (ERPs) and other electrocortical measures to investigate sensorimotor integration and attention using simple visual and motor tasks, work that has grown out of a long-standing interest in the functions of the corpus callosum and interhemispheric interaction. His current studies in collaboration with other UC Davis researchers include an examination of the function of the mirror neuron system in autism spectrum disorders (ASD), an investigation of callosal function in neurodevelopmental disorders, an investigation of multisensory integration in ASD, and an assessment of the loudness dependency of the auditory ERP as part of the large Autism Phenome Project at the MIND Institute.  Dr. Saron also directs a large study investigating the effect of mental training on attentional control and emotion regulation. This multi-method project seeks to elucidate the physiological, psychological and neural correlates of sustained training in attentional focus, the results from which may have eventual application to developing better non-pharmacologic interventions for individuals with attention-deficit disorder.  Dr. Saron's expertise in human electrophysiology is widely recognized. At Davis Dr. Saron has been critical in establishing a number of high-density electrophysiology laboratories and he has designed a number of prominent human ERP labs throughout the country.

Education

B.A., Biology, Harvard University, 1976
M.S., Neuroscience, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, 1992
Ph.D., Neuroscience, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, 1999