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neural computation lab

lab members

prospective grad students & postdocs, please contact Dr. Peters

we use neuroimaging and computational modeling to study how the brain represents and uses uncertain information.

welcome to the neural computation lab

PI: Dr. Megan Peters

Dr. Megan Peters

Megan Peters

Principal Investigator

I joined the UCR faculty as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Bioengineering in 2017. I'm also a cooperating faculty member in the Department of Psychology and the Neuroscience Graduate Program at UCR, and a Visiting Researcher in the Department of Decoded Neurofeedback at Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International in Kyoto, Japan. I received my Ph.D. in computational cognitive neuroscience (psychology) from UCLA, having worked with Ladan Shams, and then was a postdoc there working with Hakwan Lau.  

My research aims to reveal how the brain represents and uses uncertainty and uncertain information to perform probabilistic computations based on noisy, incomplete information. I use neuroimaging, computational modeling, machine learning and neural stimulation techniques to study these topics.

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Affiliates

get involved!

the neural computation lab is seeking undergraduate research assistants and graduate students.

Collaborators

Hakwan Lau

UCLA

Michele Basso

UCLA

Mitsuo Kawato

ATR

Alicia Izquierdo

UCLA

Kazuhisa Shibata

Nagoya U

Siva Rajananda

Lab Manager & Programmer

I am a graduate of UCLA with a Bachelors in Cognitive Science, and I joined the UCR Neural Computation Lab in 2017. I am currently studying conscious perception in peripheral vision and testing a model to determine psychophysical thresholds efficiently. I am also interested in conducting psychophysics online and am an avid programmer.

Brian Odegaard

Postdoctoral Researcher in the Consciousness & Metacognition Lab at UCLA

JD Knotts

PhD student in the Consciousness & Metacognition Lab at UCLA

Eugene Ruby

PhD student in the Consciousness & Metacognition Lab at UCLA

Brian Maniscalco

Postdoctoral Researcher

I trained in experimental psychology at Columbia University with Hakwan Lau and received my Ph.D. in 2013. Subsequently I did a cognitive neuroscience postdoc with Biyu He at the NIH and NYU Langone Medical Center. I joined the UCR Neural Computation Lab in 2018. My work focuses on understanding conscious awareness and metacognition using psychophysics, computational modeling, and cognitive neuroscience modalities.

Kenny Nelson

MS Student

I graduated from UCR Computer Science.  I am working on building recurrent neural networks for classification and decoding of images and neural data collected via fMRI.

Jenny Villatoro

MS Student