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Lila Davachi
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David Clewett
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I am interested in how the brain optimizes cognitive processing under arousal, thereby promoting the selection and integration of motivationally significant inputs into long-term memory. I am particularly interested in how different neuromodulators influence selectivity during encoding and wakeful consolidation. In my doctoral work with Dr. Mara Mather, I used a combination of physiological and neuroimaging techniques to examine whether activity in the noradrenergic system amplifies the effects of priority in perception and memory. My current work is focused on how arousal elicited by prediction errors or novelty shapes episodic memory via neuromodulation.

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Ignasi Sols
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I am interested in the neural mechanisms supporting the encoding and retrieval of episodic memories. During my Ph.D. with Dr. Lluís Fuentemilla at the University of Barcelona, I used electroencephalography to investigate the effects of event boundaries on episodic memory encoding, finding a fast reactivation of the encoding patterns of the just-encoded episode at event boundaries. In my current work, I am interested in further understanding the mechanisms supporting event segmentation, resulting in coherent episodic memories. I am particularly interested in how neural oscillations relate to the encoding of sequential (episodic) experiences, as well as in the influence of prior knowledge on novel episodic encoding.

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Tarek Amer
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My research focuses on the relationship between cognitive control and memory formation. As a graduate student, working under the supervision of Drs. Lynn Hasher and Cheryl Grady at the University of Toronto, my work focused on how cognitive control changes with old age positively and negatively impact performance on different memory tasks. Currently, I am interested in investigating the link between cognitive control and episodic memory. Specifically, my work investigates how we remember the order of everyday life events, and how brain regions underlying cognitive control and memory interact to support temporal sequence learning.

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Monika Riegel
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I am interested in the relationship between emotion and memory. My Ph.D. project supervised by Prof. Anna Grabowska and Dr. Artur Marchewka (Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology in Warsaw, Poland) focused on how the brain mechanisms of long-term memory of verbal material is modulated by disgust and fear. My first postdoc project supervised by Prof. Patrik Vuilleumier (University of Geneva, Switzerland) was a further exploration of distinct effects of disgust and fear on associative memory, testing also the effects of emotional congruency between words and their context. Currently I’m interested in how emotional states such as arousal can prospectively influence memory of neutral associations and how the related brain states are reinstated during retrieval.

GRADUATE STUDENTS

Emily Cowan
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I am a graduate student in the Center for Neural Science. Broadly, I am interested in the process of memory consolidation, how our memories are stored for the long term. I am interested in using behavioral and neuroimaging methods to study factors that facilitate consolidation. In one current line of research, I am investigating how features of sleep may enable this consolidation process.

Oded Bein
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I’m a graduate student in the Cognition and Perception program in the psychology department. My interest is in how we learn new information and update our knowledge, and I will combine behavioral as well as imaging techniques to gain insights into the mechanisms underlying memory update. I’m also interested in how our memory is adaptive, and how do we use different memory systems to guide behavior.

Avi Chanales
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I am a graduate student in the Cognition and Perception program in the psychology department. I am utilizing behavioral testing and fMRI pattern analyses to study the cognitive and neural mechanism that minimize interference between memories for similar experiences. I am particularly interested in when and how overlapping experiences become differentiated in memory and when they become integrated.

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Camille Gasser
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UNDERGRADUATE & MASTERS RAs


Natalie Plotkin
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Avisha Amarnani
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Elizabeth Xu
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Justine Kim
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Iris Chen
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FORMER LAB MEMBERS

Lynn Lohnas
Postdoctoral researcher
Assistant Professor in Psychology at Syracuse University

Alexa Tompary
Graduate Student
Postdoctoral researcher at the University of Pennsylvania

Perri Katzman
Graduate Student
Graduate Student at New York University

Darren (Sehjung) Yi
Graduate Student

Brynn Sherman
Lab Manager
Graduate Student at Yale University

Andrew Heusser
Graduate Student
Postdoctoral researcher at Dartmouth College

Sarah DuBrow
Graduate Student
Postdoctoral researcher at Princeton University

Deepu Murty
Postdoctoral researcher
Assistant Professor in Psychiatry at University of Pittsburgh

Anuya Patil
Lab Manager
Graduate Student at University of Toronto

Jared Danker
Postdoctoral researcher
The Department of Education

Alisha Holland
Postdoctoral researcher
Instructor of Biobehavioral Sciences at Teachers College, Columbia University

Shannon Tubridy
Graduate Student
Postdoctoral researcher at NYU

Youssef Ezzyat
Graduate Student
Postdoctoral researcher at UPenn

Arielle Tambini
Graduate Student
Postdoctoral researcher at UC Berkeley

Marika Inhoff
Lab Manager
Graduate Student at UC Davis

Bernhard Staresina
Graduate Student
Birmingham Fellow, University of Birmingham, UK

Leib Litman
Postdoctoral Researcher
Assistant Professor at Lander College

Tari Awipi
Graduate Student
Medical Science Liaison; Adjunct Lecturer, Cal State University, Los Angeles

Katherine Duncan
Graduate student
Assistant Professor of Psychology at University of Toronto

Kaia Vilberg
Postdoctoral Researcher
Research Associate at University of Texas, Dallas with Dr. Michael Rugg

Josh Richman
Graduate student

Nick Ketz
Lab Manager
Graduate Student at CU Boulder with Randy O’Reilly



 
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