At UCSD, we are lucky to have access to 2 research-dedicated 3T MRI scanners for fMRI research. When we resume in-person research activities, the lab space will house a new state-of-the art TMS facility, private behavioral testing booths, and a nap lounge.
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), and brain stimulation (TMS) methods to examine how the brain generates and maintains transient mnemonic representations to achieve complex behavior.