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I am interested in how episodic memories are encoded, stored, and retrieved. The rich history of prior experience informs representations of and associations between episodic memories. Thus, to examine the nature of episodic memories as they accumulate over time, it can be fruitful to test theoretical predictions in a framework that incorporates the relationships amongst episodic memories. To this end, in my thesis work with Dr. Michael Kahana at University of Pennsylvania, I considered behavioral predictions of a computational cognitive model of episodic memory. I am now using brain imaging and recording techniques to further characterize properties of episodic memories.
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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.
I am a fifth-year student in the Cognition and Perception program in the psychology department. I use behavioral and neuroimaging methods to examine the transformation of episodic memories into integrated conceptual/semantic knowledge. Currently, I am investigating how episodic memories with overlapping information come to be respresented with consolidation. I am also interested in how consolidation-related mechanisms, characterized by changes in resting state connectivity after learning, influence long-term memory formation, and how this process may be impaired in schizophrenia patients and as a result of acute stress.
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.
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.
I am a graduate student in the Cognition and Perception program in the psychology department. I am interested in investigating how contexts of memories are perceived and processed using functional neuroimaging techniques. I also have interest in how neurological disorders or anomalies affect cognitive functions on neurological level. I previously investigated how memories are neurally represented and also worked at a research facility in a hospital setting studying neurological patients.
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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I am a graduate student in the Cognition and Perception program in the psychology department. I use functional neuroimaging and behavioral methods to investigate how reward and motivation influence learning and memory. In a similar vein, I’m also interested in how and why certain stimuli are perceived as valuable and how that valuation process affects behavior and cognition.
UNDERGRADUATE & MASTERS RAs
FORMER LAB MEMBERS
Postdoctoral researcher at Dartmouth College
Postdoctoral researcher at Princeton University
Assistant Professor in Psychiatry at University of Pittsburgh
Graduate Student at University of Toronto
The Department of Education
Instructor of Biobehavioral Sciences at Teachers College, Columbia University
Postdoctoral researcher at NYU
Postdoctoral researcher at UPenn
Postdoctoral researcher at UC Berkeley
Graduate Student at UC Davis
Birmingham Fellow, University of Birmingham, UK
Assistant Professor at Lander College
Medical Science Liaison; Adjunct Lecturer, Cal State University, Los Angeles
Assistant Professor of Psychology at University of Toronto
Research Associate at University of Texas, Dallas with Dr. Michael Rugg
Graduate Student at CU Boulder with Randy O’Reilly