How are percepts transformed to memories? I'm interested in the process by which information in the environment is attended, perceived, and stored into memory. To gain insight into how this happens, I use a combination of methods — behavioral, neuroimaging, and neuropsychological. Lately, my focus has been on high-resolution fMRI studies of the human hippocampus.
I'm currently conducting studies aimed at understanding how attentional modulation of the hippocampus affects the formation of long-term memory. I also have several collaborative projects: With Aaron Bornstein and Sam Feng, I'm investigating how information from perception and memory is dynamically combined to inform decision making. With Janice Chen (and much help from Chris Honey), I'm looking at how naturalistic stimuli are processed in the hippocampus, as measured with intracranial EEG. Finally, with Natalia Córdova, I'm studying how the hippocampus contributes to the online processing of relational information.
I've listed some research questions below, grouped under different areas. Each question can be partly answered by clicking on it. Convenient, right?
Area 1: Graded and thresholded forms of visual perception
How does the hippocampus contribute to perception? [Supplemental] [Cover] (Cover illustration by Gil Franco)
Area 2: Graded and thresholded forms of long-term memory
Area 3: Attentional modulation of hippocampal representations
Area 4: Sleep and episodic memory
Area 5: Methods
In fMRI studies, it's common to look at both the overall level of activity and multivariate measures of the patterns of activity. Often there is meaningful information present in both measures, and we want to know to what extent the information in patterns of activity is separate from information in the mean level of activity.
In the paper linked to in Area 3, Nick Turk-Browne and I develop a tool called Multivariate-univariate dependence (MUD) analysis, which allows you to look at the relationship between voxels' influence on univariate activity and pattern similarity. Check out the supplement for simulations.