How does the brain represent what other people do? I’m currently working on a piece of the answer while getting my PhD in Psychology with Talia Konkle in the Cognitive and Neural Organization Lab at Harvard.
Broadly speaking, I’m interested in how the brain stores and represents information about people and how they act in the world. Every day, we see other people performing a wide range of actions - things like cooking, running, cleaning, and laughing, to name a few. How are the mind and brain organized to make sense of these actions? And what kinds of perceptual information do we use to make high-level inferences about them, like how tired a person is or what they’re likely to do next?
I use functional neuroimaging and behavioral experiments to answer these questions. In addition, I try to leverage complex, naturalistic stimuli that place human actions within the everyday context in which we generally witness them. This approach brings its own challenges, but it allows us to study a broader slice of the neural action space.
Of course, life isn’t all research and grad school – ask me about what I’ve baked recently!
PhD in Psychology, 2021 (expected)
BA in Linguistics & Cognitive Science (History minor), 2013
How are action representations organized in the visual cortex?
Why do some actions seem more similar than others?
How do we perceive how much effort other people are exerting?
A new procedure for selecting brain regions to analyze
Preprints & Publications