Her dissertation involves the study of top-down influences on mediating sensory-motor behavior. Jillian will explore models of visuomotor behavior to simulate realistic primate behaviors that engage action-perception loops when top-down and bottom-up visual signals compete with one another. By utilizing a physical 3D depth inversion illusion, she is able to study how differences in perception of a visual scene can influence our motor outcomes. Here is a video illustrating the stimulus used in her studies.
In collaboration with other members of our labs, she will test the predictions from these models' simulations empirically and will apply the results from her validation procedures to the study of several clinical populations: e.g. Autism Spectrum Disorders, Parkinson's Disease and Schizophrenia.
Jillian holds a strong interest in applying neuroscience to finance for smarter decision-making, and to education to better tailor the learning environment.