My primary interest is the mechanism of high-level cognitive processes, such as language and complex motor planning. For my graduate work, I studied Electrical Engineering under Prof. Steve Levinson at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In my master’s research, I simulated the language differentiation in phonetic perception during infancy. My doctoral dissertation was on the dynamics of topographic map forming neural networks of spiking neurons and an application to the learning of hand-eye coordination on a humanoid robot. I am currently a postdoctoral researcher in neuroscience at UC Berkeley, working with Prof. Jack Gallant. I am using a fMRI voxel-wise modeling approach to study the representation of syntactic features in subjects listening to natural narrative stories. In addition, I am interested in the decoding of imagined speech and possible differences between language production and perception.
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