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Lab Members


 

Principal Investigator

Photo of David Badre

David Badre

Professor
Department of Cognitive, Linguistic, and Psychological Sciences
Carney Institute for Brain Science at Brown University

Email: david_badre@brown.edu; curriculum vitae

Website: https://vivo.brown.edu/display/dbadre

Post-Doctoral Fellows

Apoorva Bhandari

Apoorva Bhandari

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Email: apoorva_bhandari@brown.edu; curriculum vitae

Research Interests: I am interested in how people rapidly learn the structure of complex, novel tasks. I am using novel behavioral and computational methods to probe subject’s knowledge about structure as they are learning the task.

Avinash Vaidya

Avinash Vaidya

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Email: avinash_vaidya@brown.edu; curriculum vitae

Research Interests: I am interested in the brain mechanisms underlying decision-making. My research investigates the neural processes that are involved in constructing the expected value of complex decision options from multiple sources of information. Specifically, I am examining how estimates of expected value are flexibly adapted to changing goals and contexts.

Olga Lositsky

Olga Lositsky

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Email: olga_lositsky@brown.edu; curriculum vitae

Research Interests: I am interested in how we learn to represent new tasks and how the way in which we structure our memories reflects our assumptions about the world and influences how we generalize our knowledge to new situations. Using psychophysics and computational modeling, I am testing under which conditions people combine their experiences to form general representations that apply to various contexts, as opposed to forming representations that are context-specific. Using fMRI, I hope to investigate how complementary learning systems in the brain (such as the medial temporal memory system and prefrontal / basal ganglia circuits) regulate this trade-off.

Olga Lositsky

Atsushi Kikumoto

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Email: atsushi_kikumoto@brown.edu; curriculum vitae

Research Interests: I am interested in the dynamic process in which control-related representations are shaped to achieve flexible behavior. I hope to investigate how we generate and link abstract knowledge to specific action contexts in working memory.

Graduate Students

Haley Keglovits

Graduate Student 

Email: haley_keglovits@brown.edu

Research Interests: I am interested in how the brain formats information as it guides difficult cognitive processes like multitasking. Using fMRI and behavioral data, I hope to create testable computational models that further our understanding of what enables the amazing flexibility of the human mind.

Olga Lositsky

Ziqi Zhao

Graduate Student

Email: ziqi_zhao1@brown.edu

Research Interests: I am interested in how people adapt or transfer control policies learned from one context to another. I am using both neural and computational methods to investigate the underlying mechanisms that support the learning and adapting cognitive control.

Lab Manager

Adriane Spiro

Emily Chicklis

Lab Manager

Email: emily_chicklis@brown.edu

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Elizabeth Doss

Elizabeth Doss

elizabeth_doss@brown.edu

Emily Smith-Feldman

Emily Smith-Feldman

emily_smith-feldman@brown.edu

Alejandro Torres

Alejandro Torres

alejandro_torres@brown.edu

Lab Alums

Emily Levin

Graduate Student Researcher (thru 2021)

Ijeoma Uche

Undergraduate RA (thru 2021)

Isabel Reyes

Undergraduate RA (thru 2021)

Amanda Ng

Undergraduate RA (thru 2021)

Johanny Castillo

Post-Baccalaureate Researcher & Food Reviewer (thru 2020)

Michelle Kassel

Clinical Psychology Resident (thru 2020)

Michelle Zhu

Undergraduate RA (thru 2020)

Yael Braverman

Undergraduate RA & Honors Student (thru 2020)
Thesis Presentation

Emily Waters

Undergraduate RA & Honors Student (thru 2020)
Thesis Presentation

Ramses Ngachoko

Undergraduate RA (Summer 2020)

Rachael Blackman

Psychiatry Resident (thru 2020)

Karina Ortiz

Undergraduate RA (thru 2019)

Jordan Rubin-McGregor

Undergraduate RA (thru 2019)

Henry Jones

Undergraduate RA (thru 2019)

Aurelie Schaison

Undergraduate RA (thru 2018)

Ceyda Sayali

Graduate Student (thru 2018)

Lab Manager Emerita 

Adriane Spiro

Adriane Spiro

Manager of Labs and Baker of Cakes

After working in the Badre Lab for 3 years, Adriane is now enrolled in medical school at UNC!