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Pacifico Library
"The Synapse"

The Official Website of the
Carl. R. Pacifico Professorship of Neuropsychology


The purpose of the Pacifico Professorship is to facilitate innovative and creative research in the
field of Cognitive Neuropsychology. The professorship was established by Carl Pacifico, graduate
of the class of ‘43 in Chemical Engineering and member of the Drexel 100, in the College of Arts
and Sciences through an endowment. This endowment, which represents the largest gift to the
department of Psychology was established to pursue research into the thinking process and to
bring recognition to the University.

Dr. Eric A. Zillmer was named the first Carl R. Pacifico Professor in Neuropsychology in 1998.
The establishment of an endowed professorship in neuropsychology, the first of its kind in the U.S.,
will undoubtedly raise Drexel neuropsychology to a level of prominence nationally.


The Center will work on several aspects of the thinking process, including:
• The origin and purpose of thinking.
• The principal errors inherent in the thinking mechanism and what we can do about them.
• Key aspects of the thinking process, including learning, identifying stimuli, memory, etc.
• The evolution of the thinking process, particularly its mechanism.
• The Neuropsychology of emotion.
• How thought patterns are interpreted.
• The mechanism for selecting the response to a stimulus.
• The mechanism for memory.
• The mechanism for associations, including the recall of one item by detection of another item.
• The origin and mechanism for errors in the human thinking process
• How the brain handles the items of information it receives

The following activities will be coordinated by the Center.
• Research projects to identify the mechanisms for the thinking process.
• A "Library of the Thinking Process" consisting of information on all aspects of thinking for
students and faculty.
• A quarterly newsletter, The Synapse, that summarizes current activities together with an
article on some aspect of the thinking process.
• Talks and articles on thinking for the public.
• Part-time student assistants.
• Student awards on projects involving cognitive neuropsychology.

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