Jan R. Wessel, Ph.D.

Jan Wessel ,

Assistant Professor
Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
Department of Neurology

Jan R. Wessel, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences and the Department of Neurology. He received his Ph.D. in 2011 from the Max Planck Institute for Neurological Research, where he was a Gertrud Reemtsma Fellow and received a Young Researcher Award from the Gustav A. Lienert Foundation. Dr. Wessel then worked as a Post-Doc and Independent Investigator at the University of California, San Diego. His research examines the neural mechanisms that underlie flexible behavior and cognition, and how pathological processes, brain lesions, and normal and abnormal aging affect these mechanisms. Specifically, Dr. Wessel is concerned with how humans carry out and maintain goal-directed behaviors, and how they use their cognitive systems to resolve challenges to this goal (such as action errors or unexpected events). Ultimately, his research is aimed at increasing and augmenting the capacity for such self-controlled behaviors in both health and disease.

Biology of Aging
Brain & Behavior

In The News

Jan Wessel Awarded Distinguished Early Career Contributions to Psychophysiology

University of Iowa AMBI Faculty member, Jan Wessel, was an the 2016 Early Career Award winner at the recent 56th Annual Meeting of the Society for Psychophysiological Research held in Minneapolis, Minnesota, September 21-25, 2016. Wessel, an Assistant Professor who joined the UI faculty in October 2015, holds appointments in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences as well as the Department of Neurology. He presented his talk on September 24, 2016, entitled "Cognitive Control After Surprising Events: A Universal-Fronto-Basal Ganglia Mechanism." The Center on Aging and the Aging Mind and Brain Initiative congratulate Dr. Wessel on this award.