Matthew D. Schalles
- Creighton University, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
University of California, San Diego, Master of Science in Cognitive Neuroscience
- Matt Schalles is a PhD candidate at the University of California at San Diego. Also a lifelong musician, he is an accomplished bass guitarist and berimbau player, performing with various percussionists and ensembles throughout Southern California. It was not until graduate school, however, that he combined his interests in music with his academic research. His neuroscience career started in pharmacology, modeling traumatic brain injuries and psychiatric diseases. In graduate school, Matt entered Jaime Pineda's lab to study motor systems and their contribution to sensory processing. Co-advised by Sarah Creel, his research uses electrophysiology and behavioral measures to ask how we synchronize our movements to rhythmic sounds, and what music can tell us about brain function. While effectively trading research on drugs for rock and roll, Matt keeps up with psychopharmacology and teaches a course on the topic for the Cognitive Science department at UCSD.