I'm a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute, working with Jon Cohen, Ken Norman, and Nick Turk-Browne (Yale University). I earned my Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Vision Lab at Stanford University, co-advised by Fei-Fei Li and Diane Beck (University of Illinois). Before that, I received my B.A. from Williams College in Computer Science, Mathematics, and Cognitive Science.
visual and semantic categorization in human behavior and in the human brain.
We rely on vision more than on any other sensory modality to interact with and make sense of the world. My work uses applied machine learning to investigate how visual and semantic information is learned, organized into categories, and actively modulated in our behavior and in our brains.
I take an interdisciplinary approach to this problem that involves developing advanced computational tools applicable to a diverse array of experimental techniques, including psychophysics, functional neuroimaging (fMRI), and real-time neurofeedback.
Dec. 2019: Presenting at the Real-Time Functional Imaging and Neurofeedback (rtFIN) 2019 Conference:
poster: Creating Visual Categories Using Closed-Loop Real-Time fMRI Neurofeedback.
Oct. 2019: Presenting at the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) 2019 Annual Meeting:
talk: Uncovering the Neural Underpinnings of Semantic Similarity Judgments.
talk: Contextually-Specific Word Embedding Models Improve Prediction of Human Semantic Relationships.
May 2019: Presenting at the Vision Sciences Society (VSS) 2019 Annual Meeting:
poster: Using Closed-Loop Real-Time fMRI Feedback to Induce Neural Plasticity & Influence Perception.
Nov. 2018: Presenting at the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) 2018 Annual Meeting:
poster: Using Closed-Loop Real-Time fMRI Neurofeedback to Induce Neural Plasticity & Influence Perception.
poster: Why We Struggle to Multitask: Converging Evidence from Modeling, Behavior, and Neuroimaging.
Our work also received a Trainee Professional Development Award from the Society for Neuroscience.
Jul 2018: Presenting at the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci) 2018 Annual Meeting:
talk: Feature Ratings and Dimension-Specific Similarity Explain Distinct Aspects of Semantic Similarity.
May 2018: Presenting at the Vision Sciences Society (VSS) 2018 Annual Meeting:
talk: Inducing Neural Plasticity and Perceptual Similarity Using Real-Time fMRI Feedback.
Dec. 2017: Presenting at the Real-Time Functional Imaging and Neurofeedback (rtFIN) 2017 Conference:
poster: KL-Evidence: A Novel Multivariate Method for Differentiating Representations.
Our work also received a Travel Award and a Best Poster Award from the rtFIN Program Committee.
Aug. 2017: Our work showing that vocal timbre is a discriminative feature between infant-directed and adult-directed speech was accepted for publication in Current Biology:
Mothers Consistently Alter Their Unique Vocal Fingerprints to Communicate With Infants.