Theodore Zanto, Ph.D.
Director of Neuroscience Division - Neuroscape
Associate Professor - Neurology
Room 502UCSF – Mission BaySandler Neuroscience CenterMC 0444, 675 Nelson Rising LaneSan Francisco, CA 94158
Dr. Theodore Zanto earned undergraduate degrees in Psychology and another in Physics from the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater. During his undergraduate years, Dr. Zanto also worked full-time as a counselor for people with neurological and psychiatric disorders, which sparked his interest in the complexities of the mind and drove his will to understand how we might better serve afflicted populations. Dr. Zanto obtained a Ph.D. in Complex Systems and Brain Sciences from Florida Atlantic University and then received postdoctoral training in cognitive neuroscience at UCSF. He is currently an Associate Professor in Neurology at UCSF and Director of the Neuroscape Neuroscience Division.
Dr. Zanto utilizes fMRI, EEG and non-invasive brain stimulation techniques (TMS & TES) to study neural mechanisms at the intersection of attention, perception, and memory. He is interested in the role of neural entrainment in cognitive control and how it may be used as a potential therapeutic, particularly in the aging population. Currently, Dr. Zanto is assessing how neural entrainment affects basic cognitive control functions and whether select cognitive functions may be improved through neural entrainment with musical rhythms or with non-invasive rhythmic neurostimulation.