I am an electrophysiologist whose research involves recording the activity of single neurons to understand the neural mechanisms that govern interactions between sensation, cognition, and action. Together with my close collaborator, computational neurobiologist Emilio Salinas, PhD, the lab’s focus has been on understanding how vision guides one’s choice of when and where to look. Perhaps more than any other decision mechanism, visually-informed oculomotor choices unfold extremely rapidly during natural behavior. Our work employs a variety of urgent decision/choice tasks in concert with a biologically-inspired computational framework to test key predictions about how the brain instantiates this dynamic process. Our work has implications for understanding fundamental cognitive processes such as attention, impulse control, and working memory. To learn more about our research, visit our lab website at Urgent Lab Choice.
Educational Program InvolvementGraduate Programs in Neuroscience
Program Research Interest: Addiction and Substance Abuse, Behavioral and Systems Neurobiology, Development and Plasticity, Molecular Neurobiology, Neurological Disease and Aging, Neuropharmacology, Sensory Neurobiology