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I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Brain Development & Education Lab at the University of Washington. I am interested in visual perception, reading, development, and cognitive neuroscience.

The big question is: How does the brain use the information streaming in from the eyes to selectively reconstruct elements of the outside world? Over the last decade I have been primarily interested in the perceptual effects of selective attention and oculomotor control.

Currently, I am investigating visual word recognition: How many words can your brain process at once? Where in the brain is there a bottleneck that constrains recognition? How do those circuits differ across good and poor readers?

I use a combination of psychophysics, computational modeling, and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to answer these questions, in collaboration with Dr. Geoffrey Boynton, Dr. John Palmer, and Dr. Jason Yeatman.


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