IBRAiN Team

The following students were awarded IBACS Brain Research Assistantships in Neuroimaging (IBRAiN)

2017-2018

 
 

Charles_Davis

Psychology
 

Charles Davis

Research Interests:

The brain activates and represents meaning in complex ways. At a cognitive level, we deal with meaning using concepts which help to guide action and predict outcomes over a wide range of contexts. My research uses fMRI to examine the functional and structural connectivity underlying concept networks, representationally and as they develop in learning, as well as electrophysiology to examine activation dynamics.

 
 

Monica Li (1)

Psychology
 

Monica Li

Research Interests:

I’m interested in utilizing fMRI to explore neural substrates and mechanisms that correspond to language related cognitive mechanisms, such as verbal short-term memory, spoken word recognition, language and music abilities in autism spectrum disorder, and prosody processing in individuals with specific language impairment. I’m experienced with analyzing fMRI data with AFNI and SPM in terms of various analysis approaches (e.g., ANOVA, functional connectivity, correlation analysis, DTI, ROI).

 
 

Timothy_Michaels

Psychology
 

Timothy Michaels

Research Interests:

My research utilizes a variety of neuroimaging methods, including fMRI, resting state connectivity (rsfMRI), diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), and magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS), to examine the neural correlates of perceptual abnormalities and cognitive deficits in patients with schizophrenia.  Specifically, I am interested in understanding the neurodevelopmental mechanisms by which pathophysiology in the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex confer increased risk for psychosis during adolescence/early adulthood. Through such approaches, my research aims to identify promising new targets for disease prevention and treatment. 

 
 

Yanina_Prystauka

Psychology
 

Yanina Prystauka

Research Interests:

My research looks at how episodic and semantic memory systems interact during sentence comprehension. Specifically, I am interested in the neural underpinnings of representing object tokens in their different states. The use of simultaneous EEG + fMRI recording will allow me to track the time course of instantiating, maintaining and retrieving the representations of object token-states as the sentence unfolds, as well as identify neural pathways supporting the above mentioned processes.

 
 

kayleigh_ryherd

Psychology
 

Kayleigh Ryherd

Research Interests:

I primarily study poor comprehenders, individuals who have poor reading comprehension despite intact decoding ability. In the past, I've used fMRI to determine that poor comprehenders show atypical activation across modalities and processing levels. My current research interest involves using fMRI to determine what may be contributing to the deficit in concept and category learning that I've observed in this population.