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Download a pdf of my CV

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Explore my interactive CV, with links to publications and project timelines!

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View my publications bibliography at pubmed.gov

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Download a pdf of my PhD Dissertation (if you dare!)

How does human memory work?

I'm interested in the how people process and utilize the information from the world around them - how perception turns into memory - and how memory turns into how we plan for the future. 

I've spent the last 15 years using tools like functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and electroencephalography (EEG) to characterize the relationship between human brain function and behavior. 

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my first brain scan

summer 2004

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We are all forgetting machines...

My postdoctoral fellowship work at the University of Texas at Austin has been characterizing the neural basis of how people forget. 

 

The New York Times

Gizmodo

Psychology Today

CBC Quirks and Quarks

Local Austin NBC Affiliate KXAN

Men's Health Magazine (page 79)

Age is just a Number...

I've done extensive work in older populations - and I have an interest in how to better interact with the world as we age. This work compares how we retrieve memories in young college aged adults and older adults (those 65 and older).

I've used functional neuroimaging (fMRI and EEG) as tools for insights on how age impacts the neural aging process.  I've done specialized studies in those aged 85 years and older as well as comparing across the lifespan into middle age (35-55). 

While there are various aspects of aging's effect on how we process memories, the best lesson i've learned is how age - is really a number. If you're healthy and able to perform as well as young adults on memory games - your brain function reflects this as well (Wang et al., 2016).  

I am currently transitioning from academia to leverage my expertise in human behavior through UX research to improve the experience of human/technology interaction. Given my background, I have a special interest in how to positively impact user experiences as we advance into our golden years.  

If you're interested in my services, please don't hesitate to contact me or take a peek at my resume.

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