Daniel P. Kennedy

Assistant Professor

Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

  • dpk@indiana.edu
IU Bloomington


B.S., Binghamton University, New York, 2002
Ph.D., University of California, San Diego, 2007
Postdoctoral Scholar in Neuroscience, California Institute of Technology, 2007-2012

Research Interests

My research focuses on the neural and cognitive mechanisms underlying human social behavior, and how these mechanisms break down in individuals with autism -- a neurodevelopmental disorder that features impaired social functioning. Research methods include eye tracking, functional neuroimaging, and behavioral and cognitive testing, and study populations include healthy children and adults, individuals with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders, and patients with localized brain lesions.


Kennedy, D.P. & Adolphs, R. (under review). The social brain in psychiatric and neurological disease.

Tyszka, J.M., Kennedy, D.P., Adolphs, R., & Paul, L.K. (2011). Intact bilateral resting-state networks in the absence of the corpus callosum. Journal of Neuroscience, 31, 15154-15162.

Kennedy, D.P., & Adolphs, R. (2011). Neurobiology and Genetics: Amygdala. Chapter inEncyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders. Fred R. Volkmar (Ed.).

Kennedy, D.P., & Adolphs, R. (2010). Impaired fixation to the eyes following amygdala damage arises from abnormal bottom-up attention. Neuropsychologia, 48(12), 3392-3398.

Kennedy, D.P., Gl'scher, J., Tyszka, J.M., Adolphs, R. (2009). Personal space regulation by the human amygdala. Nature Neuroscience, 12, 1226-1227.

Kennedy, D.P. & Courchesne, E. (2008). Functional abnormalities of the default network during self- and other-reflection in autism. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 3, 177-190.

Kennedy, D.P. & Courchesne, E. (2008). The intrinsic functional organization of the brain is altered in autism. Neuroimage, 39, 1877-1885.

Redcay, E., Kennedy, D.P., & Courchesne, E. (2007). Functional MRI during natural sleep as a method to study early functional brain development. Neuroimage, 38, 696-707.

Kennedy, D.P., Semendeferi, K., Courchesne, E. (2007). No reduction of spindle neuron number in frontoinsular cortex in autism. Brain & Cognition, 64, 124-129.

Kennedy, D.P.*, Redcay, E.*, Courchesne, E. (2006). Failing to deactivate: Resting functional abnormalities in autism. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 103, 8275-8280. (* = co-first authors)