NIMH Training Program in Cognitive Neurosciences

At the Institute for Neural Computation we celebrate our diverse community. Cultural diversity enriches our research programs. We welcome qualified applicants from all backgrounds to apply to this training program.

Goal of the program

The goal of this training program is to provide advanced graduate students and postdoctoral fellows with interdisciplinary training in cognitive neuroscience and to create a new generation of scientists devoted to the study of normal and abnormal brain function. Training will emphasize advanced methods for analyzing the neural bases of cognitive processes including perception, selection attention, learning, memory, and cognitive control, which are essential for adaptive everyday functioning. The program also includes training in translational research on impaired cognitive functions that will lead to improvements in diagnosing and treating mental disorders. This program is funded by the National Institute of Mental Health.

Research Areas: Six major research topics constitute the core areas of expertise in our training program:

  1. Sensory Processing and Perception
  2. Selective Attention
  3. Learning and Memory
  4. Cognitive Control
  5. Translational Research
  6. Research Methodologies

Program Directors and 2020-21 Fellows:

Program Directors

Terrence Sejnowski

Terrence Sejnowski

Professor of Neurobiology / INC Co-Director / Salk Institute

Email: tsejnowski@ucsd.edu - website

Eric Halgren

Eric Halgren

Professor of Neurosciences

Email: ehalgren@ucsd.edu - website

Predoctoral Fellows

Mia Borzello

Mia Borzello

Department: Cognitive Science
Research Interests:

  • Understanding cortical physiology at multiple scales through recording directly from rodent and human cortex
  • The physiology and mechanisms of cognition, specifically in learning and memory systems, as well as the neurophysiology underlying pathological conditions like epilepsy
  • Neurodynamics

Email: mborzel@ucsd.edu

Jacob Garrett

Jacob Garrett

Department: Neurosciences
Research Interests:

  • Neural bases of emotional and valenced experiences, including empathy, fear, and pain
  • Executive function and its disruption in neuropsychiatric disorder
  • Integration of brain regions through neural oscillations in executive function, emotion, and memory

Email: jcgarret@health.ucsd.edu

Christopher Gonzalez

Christopher Gonzalez

Department: Neurosciences
Research Interests:

  • Research brain rhythms that contribute to memory consolidation during sleep using recordings from epileptic patients
  • Develop signal processing techniques for studying complex time series

Email: cegonzalez@ucsd.edu

Tim Sainburg

Tim Sainburg

Department: Psychology
Research Interests:

  • Anthropogeny specialization, studying sequence learning, context, and neural representations of perceptual space

Email: timsainb@gmail.com

Tim Sheehan

Tim Sheehan

Department: Neurosciences
Research Interests:

  • Decoding working memory representations from activity in visual cortex
  • Modeling the effects of expectations on sensory coding and (Bayesian) perceptual inference

Email: timothysheehanc@gmail.com

Postdoctoral Fellows

Leila Fakhraei

Leila Fakhraei

Department: Psychiatry
Research Interests:

  • Mapping large-scale brain networks associated with action and inhibition
  • Understanding of electrophysiological correlates of rodent default-mode network activity revealed by brain-wide local field potential recordings

Email: lfakhraei@health.ucsd.edu

Wilkie Olin-Ammentorp

Wilkie Olin-Ammentorp

Department: Medicine
Research Interests:

  • Brain-inspired ('neuromorphic') computing models which can utilize sleep-like phases to overcome issues such as catastrophic forgetting.
  • Representing and visualizing data in high-dimensional spaces

Email: wolinammentorp@health.ucsd.edu


Participating faculty and department

Thomas Albright
Psychology
Adam Aron
Psychology
James Brewer
Radiology
Richard Buxton
Radiology
Eric Courchesne
Neurosciences
Anders Dale
Neurosciences
Virginia De Sa
Cognitive Science
Timothy Gentner
Psychology
Eric Halgren
Neurosciences
Steven Hillyard
Neurosciences
David Kleinfeld
Physics
Marta Kutas
Cognitive Science
Gregory Light
Psychiatry
Donald MacLeod
Psychology
Roberto Malinow
Neurosciences
Eran Mukamel
Cognitive Science
Dhakshin Ramanathan
Psychiatry
Lara Rangel
Cognitive Science
John Reynolds
Neurosciences
Ayse Saygin
Cognitive Science
Jonathan Sebat
Psychiatry
Terrence Sejnowski
Biology
Katerina Semendeferi
Anthropology
John Serences
Psychology
Tatyana Sharpee
Physics
Larry Squire
Psychiatry
Neal Swerdlow
Psychiatry
Bradley Voytek
Cognitive Science


For questions, please contact us.
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