Emily Finn is an expert in using functional MRI to study how individuals differ in patterns of brain activity, and how these differences relate to cognitive abilities and traits. Recently, she and a Yale-based team of researchers showed that each individual has a unique pattern of connections between brain regions, and that this pattern could be used as a “fingerprint” to identify individuals, as well as to predict a person’s level of fluid intelligence. She is now investigating how these patterns can be used to predict behavior in both healthy populations and those suffering from mental illness. She recently completed a PhD in neuroscience at Yale University, where she was awarded fellowships from the National Science Foundation and the Gruber Foundation.
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