Jon Kaas, Ph.D.

Jon Kaas, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology

(615) 322-6029 (office)

Research Description

Joh H. Kaas, Ph.D. received his B.A. from Northland Colle, Ashland, Wisconsin (Psychology) and his Ph.D. from Duke University (Physiological Psychology). His thesis advisor was Irving Diamond. He joined the Vanderbilt faculty in 1972 and is the Distinguished Conaway Professor of Psychology. He holds secondary appointments in Radiology and Cell and Developmental Biology. He has received many honors, including being an Elected Member of the Society of Experimental Psychologists, the National Academy of Sciences, the International Neuropsychology Symposium, as well as an Elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In addition he has received many awards, including the Earl Sutherland Prize for Achievement in Research, the Krieg Cortical Discoverer Ward, The George A. Miller Prize in Cognitive Neuroscience among others. He has had continuous NIH funding for his neuroscience research program focused on vision and brain plasticity for over 40 years.

Current projects include how sensory-perceptual systems are organized in mammalian brains, especially in primates, and the evolution of these cortical areas. Electrophysiological, anatomical, and behavioral methods have been used to reveal subdivisions, interconnections, and functions of the visual, somatosensory, and auditory systems. A second research focus is on the development of normal organization in sensory systems, how they are maintained and how their organization is altered by brain injury in developing and adult primates.

Selected Publications