Principal Investigator

Barbara Knowlton, Ph.D.

Barbara Knowlton’s cv

Barbara received her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Stanford University where she studied the neural circuit supporting eyeblink conditioning in Richard Thompson’s lab. She went on to do a post-doc at UC San Diego with Larry Squire, investigating memory systems involved in category learning. Since joining the UCLA faculty in 1995 she has studied the neural basis of habits, skills, and episodic memory.


Post-Doctoral Fellow

Tara Patterson, Ph.D.
Tara Patterson’s CV

Tara received her Ph.D. in Psychology from UCLA where she worked in Barbara Knowlton’s lab focusing on how stress and negative emotion affect cognitive processes. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the UCLA research training program on Cognitive and Affective Dysfunctions in the Psychoses working with Barbara Knowlton, Alan Castel, and Keith Nuechterlein.



Graduate Students 

Alexander Siegel
Alex Siegel CV 8.19.1

Alex is a 3rd-year graduate student in the cognitive area who is interested in the mechanisms underlying visuospatial memory and how they change as we age. In particular, he is interested in ways in which age-related visuospatial memory decline can be reduced or eliminated with the use of value-based learning strategies. His other research interests include investigating the role of attention in forming associations in memory and the effects of emotionally salient contexts in remembering various types of information.



Saskia Giebl

Saskia is a 2nd-year graduate student and interested in cognitive processes that enhance long-term learning and transfer of knowledge to new circumstances in the classroom and in sports






 Julia Schorn


Julia graduated from Princeton University and is currently a first-year cognitive neuroscience graduate student broadly interested in skill learning and transfer with the goal of applying research to music performance and learning. She is also interested in underlying neural processes of memory. 




Alex Gordon







Vaibhav Thakur

I completed my Master’s degree in system neuroscience from Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune where I tried to elucidate the nature of representations underlying the planning and execution of movement parameters using electroencephalography (EEG).

The current project involves identification of the internal models of different types of motor learning. I am also working on the integration of priors for decision-making in Parkinson’s disease patient using MRI and DTI techniques.



Undergraduate Researchers


Henri De Guzman








        Isabel Gutierrez


Abigail Crispin








Sarah Dawn Morales







Ge Gao


Subi Uj








Alumni (2012 – 2017)

Current Position Current Institution
Natasha Fourquet Assistant Professor Northern Virginia Community College
Tara Patterson Post-doc fellow, Dept. of Psychiatry UCLA Medical Center
Renee Shimizu Post-doc fellow Teledyne Scientific and Imaging
Michael Cohen Post-doc fellow, Dept. of Psychology University of Pennsylvania
Michael Vendetti Usability Researcher Oracle Corporation
Dana Wagshal Waltzman Behavioral Scientist Centers for Disease Control
Chien-Ho Lin Adjunct Assistant Professor National Yang-Ming University, Taiwan
Joseph Hennessee Post-doctoral Fellow University of Texas at Dallas