Principal Investigator

Michael Miller

Professor and Vice-chair

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

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

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.

  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

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.

  Psychology East (Building 251), Room 0814

  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

My research investigates the neural mechanisms underlying memory recognition 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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Christina Boardman

Visiting Graduate Student

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



  Psychology East (Building 251), Room 0814

Research Assistants

Anjali Dixit

Research Assistant

Major: Pharmacology and Psychology

After graduating from UC Santa Barbara I plan to pursue a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical and/or Biotechnology research with applications in neuroscience and drug delivery systems.

  adixit@umail.ucsb.edu

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Saleem Omary

Research Assistant

Will Mehring

Research Assistant

Major: Biopsychology

My current work is centered around the effects of neurostimulation on cognition specifically focusing on HD-tDCS. After graduating from UCSB I'll be applying to medical school in the upcoming application cycle.

  wmehring@umail.ucsb.edu

Jamie Raymer

Research Assistant

Shelsea De La O

Research Assistant

Nohemi Reyes Meraz

Research Assistant

Isaiah Rodriguez

Research Assistant

Omeed Soltanalipour

Research Assistant

Major: Biopsychology, Minor: Statistics

  omeedsoltanalipour@umail.ucsb.edu

Thien Truong

Research Assistant

Lab Alumni