I am a PhD student at the University of California, Davis working under the direction of Steve Luck in the Laboratory for Basic and Translational Cognitive Neuroscience. I received my bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master’s degree from the Mind, Brain, and Behavior Program at San Francisco State University.
My research focuses on the cognitive mechanisms and neural dynamics that distinguish conscious and unconscious processing. At the moment, I am working with EEG, eye tracking, and TMS pursuing several lines of research which examine how conscious and unconscious information is represented differently in the brain. For example, I am exploring the functional localization of inhibitory control using a thought suppression task. In addition, I am working on an EEG/ET study which uses a visual oddball task to test whether the P3 is a reliable neural correlate of consciousness, as dominant theories of consciousness propose.
This line of research can give us a better understanding of how unconscious processes influence thought and action, leading to advances in treatment for various thought disorders and impairments of cognitive control that result in deficits of attention, memory and learning systems.