Research Interests: I am interested in many aspects of human cognition (see blurbs below!), but recurring themes include the role of the frontal lobes in the regulation of thought, and the link between perceptual and memory systems.
Research in progress: One major theme in the lab right now is an effort to understand the costs, as well as the benefits, of frontally-mediated cognitive control. Our current ideas about this are summarized in Chrysikou et al., 2014, Neuropsychologia. A second major theme concerns how conceptual information is dynamically retrieved and reconfigured; this work includes studies of how visual features are integrated into concepts (e.g., Coutanche & Thompson-Schill, Cerebral Cortex), how new conceptual information is integrated with prior knowledge (e.g., Coutanche & Thompson-Schill, JEP:General), and how different variables affect how we retrieve conceptual information (e.g., Hsu et al., J of Cog Neuro).
Research Interests: Broadly speaking, I am interested in how learning, specifically implicit distributional learning, unfolds over time in the human brain. Using a combination of behavioral and functional neuroimaging methods, I aim to better understand not only the types of regularities to which human learners are sensitive, but also how a network of specialized neural substrates works in concert to extract and make use of them. I am particularly interested in how the learning process is influenced by top-down control functions associated with the frontal lobe.
Research Interests: My research focuses on neuroplasticity and large scale network modeling in functional neuroimaging. I have particular interests in the control of large scale brain networks that support cognition in normalcy and acquired brain injury. Additionally, I am interested in the intersection between working memory, cognitive control, and pattern learning.
Research Interests: I am interested in sensorimotor or embodied theories of semantic memory. I am using fMRI to characterize the development of embodied representations and their flexible use in different psychological contexts.
Research Interests: Neural bases of language, syntax/semantics interface, degree of domain specificity/generality of brain regions implicated in language processing.
Research in Progress: I am currently working on a study of syntactic and semantic prediction effects on word form estimation using fMRI and multivoxel pattern analysis.
Research Interests: I am interested in the mechanisms, dynamics, and functions of visual adaptation, as well as how it interacts with behavior.
Research in Progress: I use fMRI data to understand how the profile of temporal integration of stimulus history varies across individuals and across brain areas, and how it relates to behavioral measures of perceptual similarity.
Research Interests: I am interested in using neuroimaging techniques to explore the neural correlates of both semantic and working memory processes. In particular, I want to study flexible and creative thought, as well as the role of the prefrontal cortex in learning and goal-oriented behavior.
Research in Progress: I am currently researching the effects of hypofrontality on visual statistical learning using transcranial direct current simulation. Additionally, I am using fMRI adaptation techniques to inform distributed models of semantic memory for object representations.
University of Delaware; M.A. Cognitive Science, 2012,
B.S. Psychology and Cognitive Science, 2011, B.A. Philosophy, 2011
Research Interests: What makes up a concept, where is conceptual meaning represented in the brain, and how do concepts interact with one another?
Research in Progress: I am using figurative language as a tool to examine how concepts interact with each other during language comprehension. Using behavioral methods and fMRI, I'm looking at how the selection of conceptual properties relates to response in left prefrontal cortex during comprehension of metaphors.
Rice University; B.A. Statistics, 2014
Massachusetts Insitute of Technology; B.S. Brain and Cognitive Sciences, 2014
Lab members for the 2011 academic year.
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