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Dr. Rakitin is a Columbia College graduate who obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Oregon’s McDonnel-Pew Center for the Cognitive Neuroscience of Attention. Dr. Rakitin’s was awarded McDonnel-Pew and NSF graduate research fellowships. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the New York State Psychiatric Institute’s Developmental Psychobiology division. He has been a member of the faculty of the Taub Institute’s Cognitive Neuroscience Division since 2000.
Dr. Rakitin’s primary research interest is the perception of time. Using the behavioral methods of cognitive psychology, combined with neuroscience studies of healthy aging, Parkinson’s disease, psychoactive drugs, and functional brain imaging using fMRI, he has contributed to basic understanding of the information processing and neural basis of one of our most basic mental functions. Most recently, he has investigated whether timing dysfunction is part of the phenotype the parkin and lrrk2 genes, risk factors for the development of Parkinson’s disease, and whether deficits in daily functionin PD are related to timing deficits.
Dr. Rakitin also designs and implements short term memory and executive function tasks for use in functional imaging studies of normal aging and sleep deprivation. These studies are conducted in collaboration with Yaakov Stern, chief of the division, and his postdoctoral research fellows Roee Holtzer (now at Einstein Medical Center) and Cindy Gooch.