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Team
erie boorman

Erie Boorman

Assistant Professor, Center for Mind and Brain and Department of Psychology
Director, Learning and Decision Making Lab
edboorman@ucdavis.edu

Project Scientists and Postdoctoral Researchers


seongmin park

Seongmin A. Park

Assistant Project Scientist, Center for Mind and Brain and Center for Neuroscience
seongmin.a.park@gmail.com

Research Interests:
The aim of my research is to understand how brains generalize previous experiences, construct structural knowledge, and make a novel decision. My research approach combines behavioral economics, neuroimaging (fMRI and EEG), and computational modeling. 

 

lindsay rondat

Lindsay Rondot

Postdoctoral Researcher
ljrondot@ucdavis.edu

Degree: PhD, Université de Sorbonne, Paris

Academic interest: I'm fascinated by the mechanisms (computations and their neural correlates) by which integrate new information and make efficient and flexible choices. 

Other academic interests: I like to try and understand the link between the different methods available to record brain activity. I am very curious about the mechanisms of "altered" decision processes (i.e. because of psychiatric disorders or drug use for example)

Hobbies: Music and sailing. Friendly gatherings (dinners, walks, playing games, concerts...), outdoor sports (although I don't really do much), discovering new places I like going to concerts, the theatre and cinema, especially since we can again et voilà :)

 

mark orloff

Mark Orloff

Postdoctoral Researcher
maorloff@ucdavis.edu

Degree:  PhD, Virginia Tech
Translational Biology, Medicine, and Health

Research Interests: 
I use computational modeling of neuroeconomic tasks combined with fMRI and intracranial recordings to understand how value-based information is organized and represented in the brain. 

Hobbies: rock climbing, disc golf, snowboarding, video games

Graduate Students


lily zhang

Lily Zhang

Graduate Student​, Department of Psychology
lczhang@ucdavis.edu

Degree:  B.A. Colgate University. 
Mathematical Economics & Behavioral Neuroscience

Research Interests: 
Neural mechanisms in reinforcement learning. Neuroeconomics. Decision-making regulated by emotions.

 

sarah sweigart

Sarah​ Sweigart

Graduate Student, Department of Psychology
ssweigart@ucdavis.edu​

Degree: Psychology and Economics​

Research Interests:
Studying the neural mechanisms of value judgments, learning, risky decisions, and memory.​

 

phillip witkowski

Phillip Witkowski

Graduate Student, Department of Psychology
​pwitkowski@ucdavis.edu

Degree: B.A. Psychology / B.A. Anthropology

Primary Academic Interests: The neural mechanisms the underlie causal learning, information sampling and visual attention

Secondary Academic Interest: Anthropology and philosophy of science

Hobbies: Traditional archery, Dungeons and Dragons, listening to metal.

 

carlos carrasco

Carlos Carrasco 

Graduate Student, Neuroscience Graduate Group, Department of Psychology
cdcarrasco@ucdavis.edu 

Degree: B.S. Neuroscience 

Research Interests:
Neural Mechanisms of decision making, memory, and causal learning.

Hobbies: Guitar, skateboarding, watching youtube, hanging out with friends.

Junior Specialists


nam nguyen

Nam Anh Nguyen

Junior Specialist & Lab Manager
naanguyen@ucdavis.edu

Degree: B.A. Psychology

​Research Interests: Structural learning and cognitive maps.

Hobbies: Piano, music (modern/indie jazz, soul, R&B), badminton, clinical psychology (Rogers, Jung).

Undergraduate Research Assistants 


anastasia leones

Anastasia Leones

Undergraduate Research Assistant
acleones@ucdavis.edu

Degree: B.S. Biopsychology

Research Interests:  Hello! I'm Anastasia. I am interested in research, specifically learning and decision making. After graduation, I hope to work in a NIH post-bac program as a junior specialist before applying to graduate school for my PhD in neuroscience. 

Hobbies: Weight-lifting, hiking/exploring new places, drawing, and cooking.
alexandra yip

Alexandria Yip

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Degree: B.S. Computer Science, minor in mathematics

Research Interests: Algorithms, mathematical modeling. 

Hobbies: Rock music, yoga, photography, philosophy.

Alumni


riddhi barbhaiya

Riddhi Barbhaiya

Undergraduate Research Assistant - Class of 2022

Degree: B.S. Cognitive Science and Statistics

Research Interests: I am interested in how computational methods can be used to understand the neural mechanisms of memory and learning. 

Hobbies: ​Running, hiking, skating, embroidery.

mia fagan

Mia Fagan

Undergraduate Research Assistant - Class of 2022

Degree: B.S. Cognitive Science, Minor in Economics

Research InterestsI’m interested in acquiring lab experience involving the interdisciplinary nature of learning and decision making.

Hobbies: ​Cooking, working out, spending time with friends and family.

seigo

Seigo Ninomiya

Undergraduate Research Assistant - Class of 2022
sninomiya@ucdavis.edu 

Degree: B.A. Cognitive Science

Research Interests: fMRI&EEG methods and computational neuroscience

Hobbies: ​Drumming, Surfing, Stand-up Comedy