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PI: Megan Peters

I joined the UCR faculty as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Bioengineering in 2017. I'm also a cooperating faculty member in the Neuroscience Graduate Program and the Department of Psychology at UCR, and a Cooperating Researcher in the Department of Decoded Neurofeedback at Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International in Kyoto, Japan. I received my Ph.D. in computational cognitive neuroscience (psychology) from UCLA, having worked with Ladan Shams, and then was a postdoc there working with Hakwan Lau.

My research aims to reveal how the brain represents and uses uncertainty, and performs probabilistic computations based on noisy, incomplete information. I use neuroimaging, computational modeling, machine learning and neural stimulation techniques to study these topics.

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core members

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Brian Maniscalco
Visiting Assistant Researcher

I trained in experimental psychology at Columbia University with Hakwan Lau and received my Ph.D. in 2013. Subsequently I did a cognitive neuroscience postdoc with Biyu He at the NIH and NYU Langone Medical Center. I joined the UCR Cognitive & Neural Computation Lab in 2018. My work focuses on understanding conscious awareness and metacognition using psychophysics, computational modeling, and cognitive neuroscience modalities.

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Sivananda Rajananda
Lab Manager, Programmer

I am a graduate of UCLA with a Bachelors in Cognitive Science, and I joined the UCR Cognitive & Neural Computation Lab in 2017. I am currently studying conscious perception in peripheral vision and testing a model to determine psychophysical thresholds efficiently. I am also interested in conducting psychophysics online and am an avid programmer.

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Sana Hussain
PhD Student (Bioengineering)

I received my bachelors in Bioengineering from UC San Diego in 2016, and my masters in Bioengineering from UC Riverside in 2018. My research focuses on resting state neuroimaging, the locus coeruleus circuit, and functional connectivity of resting state and attention networks. I intend to build a computational model that depicts how the locus coeruleus controls attention during resting state.

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Kimia Yaghoubi
PhD Student (Psychology)


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Vanessa Ceja
PhD Student (Neuroscience)

I am a first year graduate student in the Neuroscience program at the University of California, Riverside. I graduated from UCR June of 2018 with a B.A. in Psychology and a B.S. in Anthropology. I have always been interested in the areas of philosophy, psychology, cognition, perception, and artificial intelligence. My current research is in its initial stages but we expect the results of this project will offer an innovative and more precise way to diagnose and quantify physical and behavioral deficits brought on by psychiatric disorders. 

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Olenka Castaneda
Undergraduate Researcher

I joined UC Riverside as a transfer student from Chaffey College in order to pursue a Bachelor's in Neuroscience. I am interested in studies of phenomenal consciousness, metacognition, sleep and dreaming, as well as mental health. I'm also drawn to related concepts in philosophy and other issues in sustainability. I hope to join a PhD program after graduation.

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Tammi Tang
Undergraduate Researcher

I am a third year undergraduate at UC Riverside and am currently completing a Bachelor's in Bioengineering. I joined the UCR Cognitive & Neural Computation Lab in 2018. I am interested in neuroimaging and metacognition, as well as learning more about the correlates between conscious perception and neural activity. I hope to enter the industry after graduation before returning to pursue a Master's.


rotation students

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Shaida Abachi
Rotation PhD Student (Neuroscience)

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Mehdi Orouji
Rotation PhD Student (Bioengineering)