The Miller and Jacobs labs traveled to UC Davis to present research findings at the 14th annual Bay Area Memory Meeting (BAMM). Laura Pritschet and Shuying Yu represented the Jacobs lab and Sara Leslie showed some Miller lab spirit! Tyler Santander and Evan Layher gave talks while Christina Boardman and Courtney Durdle presented posters. You can view Tyler and Evan's talks on YouTube.
Nikki Marinsek attains her Ph.D. after defending her thesis titled "Investigating hemispheric asymmetry in reasoning with fMRI and HD-tDCS." Two of her committee members Dr. Scott Grafton and Dr. Michael Gazzaniga claimed that Nikki presented the best doctoral defense they have ever observed in their careers (which includes Dr. Mike Miller's defense). Nikki will be severely missed but everyone is proud of her accomplishments and know she will be an excellent data scientist!
Anjali Dixit completed her undergraduate Honors Thesis! Anjali participated in the 2018 UCSB undergraduate slam where she presented her research results in a 3-minute talk showing that people shift their decision criteria very consistently over time. Congratulations on graduating from UCSB and thank you for being a research assistant in the lab for over 3 years!
Will Mehring completed an undergraduate Honors Thesis! Will presented his findings of the effects of online vs. offline tDCS on reaction time during the AX-CPT task at the UCSB Undergraduate Research Colloquium. Congratulations Will on graduating from UCSB, we know you will go on to do great things!
Nikki Marinsek wins the first ever Miller lab criterion shift challenge! The Miller lab put their criterion shifting ability to the test by performing a memory recognition task with multiple probability manipulations at test. Nikki won in all three categories of best memory, highest percent correct, and most optimal criterion placement. If the Miller lab witnessed a crime, Nikki would be the most reliable eyewitness.
Ben Turner accepted an Assistant Professor position at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information at Nanyang Technical University in Singapore. Ben will conduct research in neuro-media studies while heading the University's neuro-imaging center. Ben will be greatly missed in the Miller lab but his research in advancing fMRI statistical methods will be well suited for the growing interest of implementing fMRI in the field of communications.
Christina Boardman, a visiting graduate student from the University of Strasbourg in France, is investigating EEG signals associated with maintaining a conservative vs. liberal criterion.