About Me

Thom_ZenMy name is Thom Elston. I am a neuroscience PhD student at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. Using a combination of electrophysiological, pharmacological, and behavioral techniques, I am investigating the neural basis of episodic memory. Though I am a native Texan, I love New Zealand. 

I enjoy meeting new people and learning how they see the world. I want to make a difference and produce products and knowledge that matter. My objectives include the development of novel brain-machine-interface technology as a new therapeutic approach to neurodegenerative disease. 

I’ve done a lot of stuff but I’m probably best known for my neuroscience research, expertise in cognitive performance enhancement, and social activism. According to Meyers-Brigg, I’m an INTJ and I think it describes me well. I also design websites and write for other things.

CV – Goals as a Graduate Student – Why Neuroscience? – Berlin Lecture