We are part of the Department of Cognitive Science at UC San Diego and affiliated with the Neurosciences Graduate Program
The lab space houses a state-of-the art TMS + EEG + eye-tracking facility, private behavioral testing booths, and a nap lounge. At UCSD, we are also lucky to have access to 2 research-dedicated 3T MRI scanners for fMRI research, within a thriving, collaborative neuroscience community.
What we do
Humans have the remarkable ability to guide behavior based on goal information that is internally generated and maintained. We use this 'working memory' to track steps of conversation and problem-solving, to guide what we look for in a visual scene, and so much more! We also have to keep information in mind while we face a continuous stream of perceptual input and demands for our attention in the environment. The lab studies how we do this.
Research in the lab examines how working memory interacts with perception, attention, and action. We use a combination of behavioral, neuroimaging (fMRI, EEG), brain stimulation (TMS), and physiological monitoring (eye-tracking, EMG) methods to study how the nervous system maintains transient goal representations that guide complex behavior.