Principal Investigator

Michael Miller

Professor and Chair

Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience, Dartmouth College, 1998

B.A. in Psychology, San Francisco State University, 1994

In 1999, Dr. Michael Miller became an assistant professor at the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Boston. In 2002, he joined the faculty at UCSB. His research studying the cognitive neuroscience of human memory, decision-making, and individual differences have utilized various techniques including fMRI, EEG, TMS, tDCS and patient testing. Professor Miller is the chair of the department of Psychological & Brain Sciences, vice director of the Sage Center for the Study of the Mind, editor of The Year in Cognitive Neuroscience, and a co-leader of the Cognitive Neuroscience Task Order within the Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies.

  Psychology East (Building 251), Room 3835

  michael.miller@psych.ucsb.edu

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Post-doctoral Fellows

Tyler Santander

Post-doctoral Fellow

Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology, University of Virginia, 2017

B.A. Psychology and Political Science, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2011



  Psychology East (Building 251), Room 0814A

  tyler.santander@psych.ucsb.edu

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Graduate Students

Courtney Durdle

Graduate Student

B.A.S. in Human Development and Psychology, University of California, Davis, 2014

I am interested in studying the neural processes of emotion recognition and regulation, specifically their effect on cognition, decision-making, and memory. With the use of fMRI, I hope to learn more about these aspects of human behavior through their underlying networks. In the future, I plan to use my research to inform legal actors and policies.

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Evan Layher

Graduate Student

B.A.S. in Psychology and Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior, University of California, Davis, 2012

My research investigates the neural mechanisms underlying recognition memory and decision criterion. Through the use of EEG, fMRI, tDCS, and TMS, I hope to gain a better understanding of the brain's functional dynamics that give rise to our memory-based decisions. Ultimately, I wish to utilize neurostimulation to improve people's memory and decision-making abilities.

  Psychology East (Building 251), Room 0814

  layher@psych.ucsb.edu

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Sara Leslie

Graduate Student





  Psychology East (Building 251), Room 0814

Christina Boardman

Visiting Graduate Student

B.A. in Cognitive Neuroscience, Scripps College, 2012

I am a visiting scholar in the Miller Lab and a Master’s student in the Joint Master in Neuroscience Program at the University of Strasbourg in France. My primary research focus is studying the neural mechanisms of memory and learning in social decisions. I am particularly passionate about social decisions that differentially affect marginalized individuals. In the Miller lab, I am using signal detection theory to model criterion shifting in a security patrol paradigm. My goal is to identify EEG oscillations and ERPs related to criterion shifting.

  Psychology East (Building 251), Room 0814

Post-graduate Researchers

Liann Jimmons

Research Assistant

  Psychology East (Building 251), Room 0814

Jamie Raymer

Research Assistant

  Psychology East (Building 251), Room 0814

Alex Stuber

Research Assistant

  Psychology East (Building 251), Room 0814

Research Assistants

Amanda Atanasson

Research Assistant

Shelsea De La O

Research Assistant

Luke Hamilton

Research Assistant

Major: (1) Psychological and Brain Sciences (2) Philosophy

Matejas Mackin

Research Assistant

Nohemi Reyes Meraz

Research Assistant

Omeed Soltanalipour

Research Assistant

Major: Biopsychology, Minor: Statistics

  omeedsoltanalipour@umail.ucsb.edu

Isaiah Rodriguez-Anguiano

Research Assistant

Hana Simon

Research Assistant

Mark Wang

Research Assistant

Lab Alumni