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
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
• 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
• How the brain handles the items of information it
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.