Emily S. Finn, PhD, is a postdoctoral fellow in neuroscience and human neuroimaging at the National Institute of Mental Health. Her research uses functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to study the neurobiological basis of individuality. She discovered that each individual has a unique “fingerprint” of functional connections between brain regions, and that patterns in these fingerprints can be used to predict an individual’s level of fluid intelligence, among other cognitive abilities and personality traits. She holds a PhD in neuroscience from Yale University.
Her research has been published in Nature Neuroscience, Nature Communications and Biological Psychiatry, among other journals, and she serves on the editorial boards of NeuroImage and Network Neuroscience. She has given international lectures at the Society for Neuroscience, Organization for Human Brain Mapping and South by Southwest as well as many other forums on topics such as mapping functional connections in the brain, individual differences in brain function and predicting intelligence and other cognitive abilities from signatures of brain function. She has been interviewed on BBC, NBC, PBS and CBS, as well as in The New York Times, Newsweek, Discover, Wired and Scientific American.