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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.


Principle Investigator, Lab Director

I’m a Professor at New York University’s Department of Psychology and Center for Neural Science. In general, my lab studies the neural mechanisms that support spatial cognitive abilities.


Wayne Mackey, Ph.D.

Post Doctoral Researcher, State Space Labs

My current work leverages computational techniques typically used to characterize visual regions of the brain to better understand information processing in higher- order brain areas thought to be critical for executive control. My goal is to develop a biologically- plausible theoretical model that approximates how complex networks of brain regions interact to support cognition.

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]


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. I developed a spatiotemporal population receptive field model for 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 also actively maintain an open-source Python library for creating and estimating population receptive field models called popeye.


Masih Rahmati, M.A.

Doctoral Student

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Doctoral Student

How does the human brain represent information? How does it represent some information as more important than other information? As a doctoral student in the Curtis lab, I'm using fMRI, eye-tracking, computational modeling, psychophysics and TMS to answer these questions


Helena Palmieri

Masters Student

Helena Palmieri received a B.A. from NYU in Psychology, with minors in Art History and Linguistics. She is currently working towards a Masters in Psychology with a specialization in Cognition and Perception.

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Masters Student

Marissa received a B.A. from New York University with majors in Psychology and Studio Art. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Psychology with a focus in Cognition and Perception.


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.

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Trenton Jerde, Ph.D.

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Jason Connolly, Ph.D.

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Jay Fuller, Ph.D.

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