Dr. Rajesh Kana


Associate Professor, Psychology

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Rajesh KanaContact Information:

Email: rkana@uab.edu
Office Phone: (205) 934 3171
Fax: (205) 975 6110


Ph.D., 2003, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi, India
Postdoctoral Training, 2003-2007, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

Curriculum Vitae

Research Program:

Cognitive and social processes are complex, non-unitary brain processes that are not always separable from each other. Impairment in social cognition and social is to explore the neural substrates of social cognition and the impact of social cognition on language, communication and other cognitive functions. Perhaps the most appropriate arena for studying social cognition is autism, an enigmatic disorder marked by an amalgam of cognitive and social impairments. In brief, I use functional and structural MRI to study the neural architecture of autism. To learn more regarding my research, please go to http://www.uab.edu/cbra/.

Representative Publications:

Kana, R.K., & Travers, B.G. (in press). Neural Substrates of Interpreting Actions and Emotions from Body Postures. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience.

Wadsworth, H.M., & Kana, R.K.in press). Brain Mechanisms of Perceiving Tools and Imagining Tool Use Acts: a functional MRI Study. Neuropsychologia.

Kana, R.K., C.K., Klinger, L.G., Travers, B.G., & Klinger, M.R. (in press). Neural Representations of Self versus Other: lessons from autism. Invited Chapter in Just M.A., & Pelphrey, K. (Eds.). “Brain Systems in Autism”.

Kana, R.K., & Just, M.A. (2011). Autism as a disorder of functional brain connectivity. Invited Chapter in Amaral, D.G., Geschwind, D., and Dawson, G. & (Eds.). “Handbook of Autism Spectrum Disorders”. New York: Oxford University Press.

Kana, R.K., Wadsworth, H.W., & Travers, B.G. (2011). A Systems Level Analysis of the Mirror Neuron Hypothesis and Imitation Impairments in Autism. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 35, 894-902.

Damarla, S.R., Keller, T.A., Kana, R.K., Cherkassky, V.L., Williams, D.L., Minshew, N.J., and Just, M.A. (2010). Cortical underconnectivity coupled with preserved visuospatial cognition in autism: Evidence from an fMRI study of an embedded figures task. Autism Research, 3(5), 273-27

Teaching Interests:

Social Neuroscience, Brain and Language, Theory of Mind, Neuroimaging, Autism