Russell A. Poldrack, Ph.D.
Russell A. Poldrack, Ph.D., is a professor in the department of psychology and the department of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles. His research entails using neuroimaging to examine brain systems that underlie our abilities to learn, make decisions and control our behavior. He is one of the leading theorists on how to interpret these neuroimaging results. In addition to studying brain function in healthy individuals, Dr. Poldrack examines the brain in the context of neuropsychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Tourette’s syndrome and drug abuse.
Neuroimaging: Separating the Promise from the Pipe Dreams
Neuroimaging can reveal a great deal about the brain, but scientists and the science-savvy must be careful lest we read too much into imaging findings. Russell A. Poldrack, Ph.D., a leading theorist on how to interpret certain neuroimaging results, explains the limits of this promising technology and the caveats we should keep in mind when we hear of a “breakthrough.”