Distinguished Centennial Professor, Department of Psychology
Professor, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology
Professor, Department of Radiology
Research Interests: Kaas’s major research interests are in the evolution and functional organization of sensory-perceptual, cognitive, and motor systems, especially in primates, in the development of these systems, and in how these systems are plastic in response to injury and use in developing and adult brains. Special research emphasis is placed on studying visual, auditory and somatosensory systems, but current studies are also concerned with multimodal and sensorimotor integration in parietal and frontal cortex. Research questions are addressed with a range of electrophysiological, neuroanatomical, biochemical, and behavioral techniques.
Keywords: Sensory-motor systems, brain plasticity, mammalian brain evolution