Principal Investigator

Michael Miller

Professor and Vice-chair

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

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

In 1999, 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 publications studying the cognitive neuroscience of human memory, decision-making, and individual differences have utilized various techniques including functional magnetic resonance imaging, transcranial magnetic stimulation, patient testing, and signal detection analysis. Professor Miller is the vice director of the Sage Center for the Study of the Mind, editor of The Year in Cognitive Neuroscience, an annual review published by the New York Academy of Sciences, and a co- leader of the Cognitive Neuroscience Task Order within the Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies.

  Building 251, Room 3835

  michael.miller@psych.ucsb.edu

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Post-doctoral Fellows

Benjamin Turner

Post-doctoral Fellow

B.S. in Psychology & B.M. in Music Theory, Ohio State University, 2007

Ph.D. in Psychology with an emphasis in Quantitative Methods, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2012

I’m interested in the biological mechanisms underlying learning and memory. In particular, I aspire to understand the circuits, pharmacology, and dynamics responsible for various forms of procedural and episodic memory. In my graduate career with Dr. Greg Ashby, I learned a great deal about building biologically plausible computational (spiking) models of the brain systems believed to underlie two forms of perceptual category learning. In work with my postdoc adviser, Dr. Mike Miller, I hope to work on understanding the processes underlying recognition memory performance and, especially, the individual differences in this performance. In addition to my empirical interest in memory phenomena, I am interested in computational modeling and fMRI. I have developed or helped to develop several novel methods in multiple areas of fMRI analysis (ranging from preprocessing to multivariate methods), and have run or supervised multiple empirical fMRI studies.

  Building 551, Room 2117

  ben.turner@psych.ucsb.edu

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Graduate Students

Nikki (Nicole) Marinsek

Graduate Student

B.S. in Biology and Psychology with a minor in Chemistry, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, 2012

I am interested in the neural processes underlying inference making, causal reasoning, and explanation. In addition to understanding how we form plausible hypotheses, I'd like to determine how we evaluate and revise those hypotheses to make them consistent with prior beliefs. I'm currently investigating hypothesis making in healthy individuals but in the future I hope to also characterize these processes in individuals with abnormal reasoning, such as patients with delusional disorders.

  Building 551, Room 2117

  marinsek@dyns.ucsb.edu

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Evan Layher

Graduate Student

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

I want to understand the neural mechanisms underlying memory and memory-based decision-making. Through EEG and fMRI studies, I hope to gain a better understanding of when and where various memory processes occur in the brain. Ultimately, I wish to utilize neurostimulation to improve people's memory and decision-making abilities.

  Building 551, Room 2117

  evan.layher@psych.ucsb.edu

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Lab Alumni