Steven L. Small, Ph.D., M.D.



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Steven Small studied mathematics at Dartmouth College, and then studied cognitive science at the University of Maryland, receiving his Ph.D. in computer science in 1980. After a year as a Fulbright Lecturer in Artificial Intelligence at the University of Paris, France, he taught computer science and psychology at the University of Rochester, and then attended medical school there, receiving the M.D. degree in 1987. His neurology residency was completed at the University of Pittsburgh, where he then served as Assistant Professor of Neurology, Intelligent Systems, Psychology, and Communication Sciences and Disorders. While continuing his work in computer models of human cognitive function, and extending it to the study of dysfunction, particularly stroke, Dr. Small also began the empirical study of language and motor function in the brain using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). He is currently Professor in the Departments of Neurology and Psychology, a Member of the Committees on Neurobiology and Computational Neuroscience, and a Senior Fellow of the Computational Institute at The University of Chicago. He is the Editor in Chief of the international Journal Brain and Language. His research investigates the basic neurobiology and rehabilitation of language disorders and hand motor function.

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