Peter M. Kaskan, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Specialty: Cognitive Neuroscience, Neurophysiology

Department of Neurosurgery


220 Abraham Flexner Way 502-588-0941

Dr. Kaskan joined the faculty of Neurological Surgery in September 2017 after completing a postdoctoral fellowship in the Laboratory of Neuropsychology at the National Institute of Mental Health. There, he investigated the role of the amygdala and visual cortex in reward learning, attention, motivation, and value representation.

In the department of Neurological Surgery, Dr. Kaskan is continuing this line of investigation through intraoperative neurophysiological recordings in patients performing behavioral tasks. Targets include those encountered during deep brain stimulation for the treatment of Parkinson's disease, essential tremor, and Tourette syndrome, as well as subcortical (i.e. amygdala) and cortical sites in patients undergoing language localization for the treatment of epilepsy or tumor resection. Research questions include the role of the subthalamic nucleus in decision conflict, and the influence the amygdala plays in cortical neural responses related to value.

Learn more about Dr. Kaskan here.