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Welcome!...I grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio playing backyard baseball, fishing at the local pond, swimming, drinking Coca-Cola, watching Good Times, cheering on the World Champion Cincinnati Reds and suffering through many seasons of Cincinnati Bengals football. I attended Greenhills High School from 1979-1983 during which time I worked as a batboy for the Cincinnati Reds (a grand step up from my first job at McDonalds). From 1983-1987 I attended the University of Cincinnati as a undergraduate prior to moving west to attend graduate school in the Neuroscience Dept. at the University of California, Los Angeles. Here I studied brain mechanisms for the control of REM (dream) sleep with Jerome Siegel as my advisor. LA is a cool place to live - for awhile that is. My postdoctoral work was carried out at the University of Arizona with Bruce McNaughton - here, I learned techniques for recording multiple single neurons in behaving rats and my research focus came to be spatial cognition. I also learned that playing soccer in 105-degree weather can cause heat exhaustion. From 1998-2008, I worked at the Neurosciences Institute in San Diego, California - here my work focused on spatial cognition, but also motor control. In the Summer of 2008, I joined the Cognitive Science Dept. at the University of California, San Diego. Presently, my hobbies include, of course, neuroscience (just how does the parietal cortex permit imagination?), but I also enjoy surfing (6'6" Minard), jazz concerts (e.g., Chick Corea, Stanton Moore), watching hockey (go Wings!) and bush-wacking through San Diego canyons with my ever-faithful dog..
Douglas A. Nitz
Department of Cognitive Science
MC 0515
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, CA 92093