Sara J Knauz

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I am a PhD student in the Cognitive and Brain Sciences co-advised by Wilma Koutstaal and Shmuel Lissek. A biologically trained neuroscientist who has shifted into imaging and cognition, I am interested in research questions which connect neural activity with emotional information processing. I want to know how the brain determines which sensory-perceptual experiences are emotional, in which way(s) they are or are not emotional, and what repercussions this may have for the person's cognition and behavior. My current research examines individual differences in evaluating emotional objects. You can find me in Elliott Hall S515.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • M.A.: Neural Activity Reflecting Affective Impact of Addressee and Emotional Words in Speech Perception, University of Chicago, 2014.
  • B.S.: Neuroscience, University of Texas at Dallas, 2011.

Curriculum Vitae


  • emotion, neuroscience, cognition, perception, sMRI, fMRI
Courses Taught
  • Introduction to Cognitive Psychology
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Member: Center for Cognitive Sciences , 05/2016


  • Member: Communications & Outreach Subcommittee: Council of Graduate Students/Professional Student Government Joint Mental Health & Wellness Committee, 08/2016
  • Elena I. Ivleva, Brett A. Clementz, Anthony M. Dutcher, Sara J.M. Arnold, Haekyung Jeon-Slaughter, Sina Aslan, Bradley Witte, Gaurav Poudyal, Hanzhang Lu, Shashwath A. Meda, Godfrey D. Pearlson, John A. Sweeney, Matcheri S. Keshavan, Carol A. Tamminga (2016). Brain Structure Biomarkers in the Psychosis Biotypes: Findings from the Bipolar-Schizophrenia Network on Intermediate Phenotypes (B-SNIP). Biological Psychiatry, Link
  • Sara J. M. Arnold, Elena I. Ivleva, Tejas A. Gopal, Anil P. Reddy, Haekyung Jeon-Slaughter, Carolyn B. Sacco, Alan N. Francis, Neeraj Tandon, Anup S. Bidesi, Bradley Witte, Gaurav Poudyal, Godfrey D. Pearlson, John A. Sweeney, Brett A. Clementz, Matcheri S. Keshavan, and Carol A. Tamminga (2015). Hippocampal Volume Is Reduced in Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective Disorder But Not in Psychotic Bipolar I Disorder Demonstrated by Both Manual Tracing and Automated Parcellation (FreeSurfer). Schizophrenia Bulletin, 41 (1), 233-249. Link
  • Certification in Equity and Diversity from University of Minnesota Office of Equity and Diversity