I am interested in how individual differences in attention and visual working memory influence human decision-making and environmental interactions, especially online. How do behaviors change when we process information differently? How is decision-making affected by misinformation or the addition of new information? What are the neural mechanisms of information processing?

With the rise of the Internet of Things and direct human-device interfacing, people are producing more data about themselves than ever before, creating quantified selves that manifest in myriad ways. How have these devices changed the ways that people interact with everyday objects and perform everyday tasks? How have our notions of privacy shifted, and how can people’s personal information best be protected? How will forthcoming neuro- and biotechnologies fit into existing regulatory frameworks?

The above research can help inform public policy. What does it mean to be under-served in the digital age? When people don’t have access to the same technology as everyone else, what impact does that have on their executive functioning? What does it mean for society when one segment has the privilege of augmented selves and another doesn’t? How can we create inclusive and effective public policy surrounding technology, the diffusion of innovation, and the data it generates?

Current Projects

How are illusory objects represented in visual working memory?

This in-progress project uses the Contralateral Delay Activity ERP-component to examine the number of objects held in visual working memory. Initial findings were presented at the 2019 Object Perception, Attention and Memory conference in Motreal, Quebec, Canada.

Past Projects

Thick Slice Clarity for Localization of Novel Neuroactive Target Gene Products

This project refined the Thick Slice CLARITY IHC protocol for mouse brain tissue.

PRECS Exit Interview | Interview re: the value of PRECS

Effects of Light and Heat on D. melanogaster Growth Rate

This honors project piloted the at-home biology lab study of Drosophila melanogaster for homebound students and included sex sorting fruit flies, collection of virgin fruit flies from four lines (wild type and 3 mutant lines) using hydrated carbon dioxide as the anesthetizing means, and laboratory study of D. melanogaster in 3 scenarios to make qualitative observations regarding the effects light and temperature have on the fruit fly growth rate.