I am pursuing a doctoral degree in Psychology, with a specialization in Perception, Cognition, and Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of California, Davis. I received a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master’s degree in Psychology from the Mind, Brain, and Behavior Program at San Francisco State University.
My research focuses on investigating the cognitive mechanisms and neural dynamics that distinguish conscious and unconscious processing, including how action production modulates entry into awareness. Intrigued by the question of how that which is inaccessible influences that which is consciously accessible, I have conducted behavioral and EEG experiments examining, for example, the introspective aspects of visual sensory memory, the ERP signature of response certainty in decision making, and the effect of action type on temporal perception. I am trained as a fMRI scanner operator and TMS tech in the Brain Imaging Center, at the University of California, Berkeley.
I pursue this line of research because a better understanding of how unconscious processes influence thought and action might lead to advances in treatment for various thought disorders and impairments of cognitive control that result in deficits of attention, memory and learning systems.