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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get involved!

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


Hakwan Lau


Michele Basso


Mitsuo Kawato


Alicia Izquierdo


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