ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR ( C.V. )
Department of Psychology
The University of Texas at Austin
"Born and raised in the great state of Wisconsin, I attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison – Go Badgers! – where I studied Electrical Engineering (BS), Computer Science (MS), and Psychology (PhD). I then rolled my wagon east to New Jersey for a postdoctoral research fellowship in Cognitive Neuroscience at Princeton University – Go Tigers! Finally, I moseyed south to join the faculty in the Department of Psychology at The University of Texas at Austin – Hook ‘em Horns! – where I lead a research lab that studies how we remember and why we forget. I am grateful to call Austin home, where I live with my wife and our menagerie of feral children and fantastic beasts."
Postdoctoral Research Fellows
Ph.D. 2018, University of California, Berkeley
"My research focuses on understanding how the healthy brain maintains precise visual working memory representations, particularly through subsequent interference. In addition, I hope to understand what neural factors may underlie memory failures, and my current postdoctoral work seeks to establish whether interventions like real-time neurofeedback can be used to manipulate working memory and long-term memory outcomes."
Psychology (6th year)
M.A. 2012, Yonsei University
“I’m interested in how cognitive control and working memory process impact the representation and/or organization of our memory. I am passionate about investigating the underlying mechanisms of how/why we memorize, forget or reshape the memory by examining our brain, which – I believe – reveals the hidden truth of our consciousness. In my free time, I am obsessed with handmade creations, such as crafts, paintings, birthday cards, food, and stuffed animals.”
Psychology (5th year)
B.A. 2012, The University of Texas at Austin
"I’m interested in studying the interface between working memory and cognitive control. During my graduate training, I’ve primarily studied strategies people use when performing prospective memory tasks (how we “remember to remember”), and how individuals adapt memory strategies in response to changes in ongoing environmental demands using a combination of eye-tracking, neuroimaging, and behavioral analyses. Outside of the lab, I can be found either playing/watching soccer, chasing my dogs, or sitting in a theatre audience."
Neuroscience (4th year), co-advised: Joey Dunsmoor
B.S. 2016, The College of William and Mary
"The broad goal of my Ph.D. is to leverage insights from episodic memory research to better understand emotional associative learning. My work focuses on fear extinction as an experimental model of exposure therapy. Decades of research and clinical accounts demonstrate that fear often returns after safety learning, and in extreme cases this can manifest as clinical disorders such as PTSD. My research applies modern cognitive neuroscience techniques such as MVPA and machine learning to better understand fear extinction in both healthy and clinical populations."
Psychology (3rd year)
B.S. 2017, Mississippi State University
"My work focuses on the interactions between working and long-term memory. Specifically, I am interested in how previous knowledge influences what we maintain in working memory, and how those representations can also influence the strength of the long-term memory representation."
Mechanical Engineering (2nd year), co-advised: James Sulzer
B.S. 2018, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
"Motor deficits, such as the ability to individuate finger movements, is a common impairment associated with stroke that often never reaches full recovery. Here, we use hyperalignment to create a neural template of ideal brain activity from healthy participants. Our goal is to use this template to guide recovery in a real-time fMRI neurofeedback experiment post-stroke."
Neuroscience (1st year)
B.A. 2015, Boston University
"My interest is in exploring the role of our emotional state on our memory systems. Specifically, I am interested in the ways in which persistent mental illness can greatly affect our working memory capabilities and our ability to deal with the daily challenges of an information rich life."
Undergraduate Research Assistants
Lab Manager (2018-20)
Now: Technical Analyst, Indeed
Ph.D. Student (2013-19)
Now: Postdoc, RIKEN Center for Brain Science
Undergrad RA (2015-19)
Now: RA, University of Geneva
Undergrad RA (2016-18)
Now: Lab Manager, Kool Lab, Wash U
Masters Student (2017-18)
Now: Software Engineer, Google
Undergrad RA (2015-17)
Now: M.D. Student, McGovern Medical School
Undergrad RA, Postbac (2013-17)
Now: Ph.D. student, Florida State University
Eleanor "Song" Liu
Postbac RA (2016-17)
Now: Ph.D. student, UT Dallas
Masters Student (2014-16)
Now: Scientific Software Engineer, Blackfynn
Postbac RA (2013-14)
Now: Ph.D. student, UC Berkeley
Postbac RA (2013)
Now: Ph.D. student, University of Pennsylvania