I investigate how brains encode information about the world, maintain that information over time, and transform it in ways that allow us to make good decisions. I also study how these essential cognitive functions are altered in psychiatric and aging populations. To tackle these questions, I ask human participants to perform simple tasks that allow me to measure these functions in a controlled way; I usually measure brain activity from these participants through non-invasive methods (EEG, MEG); I sometimes manipulate specific brain systems via pharmacological intervention; and I almost always monitor changes in ‘brain state’ by measuring pupil size. I also use computational models to try to understand how the behaviour that participants produce on my tasks might emerge from the brain activity that I observe.
I am currently a postdoc in Tobias Donner’s lab at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Germany, but I also spend time as a visiting research fellow in Redmond O’Connell’s lab at Trinity College Dublin. I conducted my doctoral research in the O’Connell lab co-supervised by Ian Robertson, and did my first postdoc with Sander Nieuwenhuis at Leiden University, The Netherlands. In January 2021 I’ll move back to Trinity College Dublin as a Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellow in Rob Whelan’s lab.