We study neural mechanisms that support spatial cognition.

 

The prefrontal and posterior parietal cortices sit at the apex of the sensorimotor hierarchy and are important for the selection and planning of voluntary action and are thought to bias the processing in sensory areas towards behaviorally relevant dimensions. Despite our appreciation that these areas are necessary for flexible action and efficient perception, we know relatively little about the control mechanisms by which they accomplishes these goals. This gap in our knowledge is a critical problem because a host of psychiatric and neurologic disorders stems from a primary dysfunction of executive control.

The lab researches the neural mechanisms that support cognitive control processes. Our work addresses key issues in the domains of working memory, attention, and motor control. We use a variety of neuroscience methods neuroscience methods at NYU including behavioral psychophysics, eye tracking, brain imaging and brain stimulation. We perform functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) at NYU’s Center for Brain Imaging. We perform magnetoencephalography (MEG) studies at NYU’s MEG Center. We perform transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) studies at NYU’s Center for Brain Imaging. We perform intracranial electroencephalography (iEEG) studies at the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at NYU’s School of Medicine.

 
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Clayton E. Curtis, Ph.D.

Principle Investigator, Lab Director

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Wayne Mackey, Ph.D.

Post Doctoral Researcher, State Space Labs

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Post Doctoral Researcher

How does the brain support behaviors requiring visual spatial cognition? I use multivariate analysis techniques applied to fMRI and EEG data, along with causal interventions (TMS) to evaluate where, when, and how visual information is represented in the human brain. [CV]

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Kevin DeSimone, Ph.D.

Post Doctoral Researcher

My research revolves around using functional brain imaging and computational modeling techniques to explore the response properties and functional organization of the human subcortex. My doctoral research was aimed at exploring methods and models for mapping the functional organization of a number of subcortical nuclei in the thalamus. In particular, Kevin developed a spatiotemporal population receptive field model for functionally segmenting the magnocellular and parvocellular layers of the lateral geniculate nucleus of the thalamus. My post-doctoral research is aimed at exploring the representation of spatial priority in the human superior colliculus. I am also interested exploring how the brain represents visual stimuli that are made invisible using flicker fusion techniques. In addition to these research projects, I actively maintains an open-source Python library for creating and estimating population receptive field models called popeye.

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Sangita Dandekar, Ph.D.

Post Doctoral Researcher

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Masih Rahmati, M.A.

Doctoral Student

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Grace Hallenbeck, M.A.

Doctoral Student

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Alfredo Bolaños

Doctoral Student

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Helena Palmieri

Masters Student

A New York native, Helena Palmieri, is a recent graduate of New York University with a B.A. in Psychology and minors in Art History and Linguistics. She is working towards a master's in Psychology, specifically focusing on Cognitive Psychology. During her time at NYU, she has worked closely with the Curtis Lab, which has supported her interests in neural mechanisms and memory.

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Linjing Jiang

Masters Student

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Gaoyang Gui

Masters Student

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Rafael Cruz

Masters Student

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Laboratory Alumni

Zuzanna Klyszejko, Ph.D.

Data Scientist, Wayfair

Trenton Jerde, Ph.D.
Columbia University

Jason Connolly, Ph.D.
Durham University

Kyeong-Jin Tark, Ph.D.
Inst. Basic Science, Korea Center for Neuroscience Imaging Research

Jay Fuller, Ph.D.

State Space Labs

David "Drew" Fegen, M.D.

Data Scientist, The Ladders

Riju Srimal, Ph.D.
Officer at U.S. Department of State

Golbarg Saber, Ph.D.

Medical University of South Carolina

Deepna Devkar, Ph.D.

Director of Data Science at Dotdash

Akiko Ikkai, Ph.D.
Researcher, Factset