Congratulations Dr. Marinsek!

Nikki Marinsek attains her Ph.D. after defending her thesis titled "Investigating hemispheric asymmetry in reasoning with fMRI and HD-tDCS." Two of her committee members Dr. Scott Grafton and Dr. Michael Gazzaniga claimed that Nikki presented the best doctoral defense they have ever observed in their careers (which includes Dr. Mike Miller's defense). Nikki will be severely missed but everyone is proud of her accomplishments and know she will be an excellent data scientist!

Anjali Dixit completes Honors Thesis

Anjali Dixit completed her undergraduate Honors Thesis! Anjali participated in the 2018 UCSB undergraduate slam where she presented her research results in a 3-minute talk showing that people shift their decision criteria very consistently over time. Congratulations on graduating from UCSB and thank you for being a research assistant in the lab for over 3 years!

Nikki wins Triple Crown-terion

Nikki Marinsek wins the first ever Miller lab criterion shift challenge! The Miller lab put their criterion shifting ability to the test by performing a memory recognition task with multiple probability manipulations at test. Nikki won in all three categories of best memory, highest percent correct, and most optimal criterion placement. If the Miller lab witnessed a crime, Nikki would be the most reliable eye-witness.

Benjamin Turner becomes Research Professor in Singapore

Ben Turner accepted an Assistant Professor position at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information at Nanyang Technical University in Singapore. Ben will conduct research in neuro-media studies while heading the neuro-imaging center at the University. Ben will be greatly missed in the Miller lab but his research in advancing fMRI statistical methods will be well suited for the growing interest of using fMRI in the field of communications.

Miller lab hosts student research through BUILD PODER

Nikki and Evan mentored two undergraduate students through the California State University, Northridge Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD) Promoting Opportunities for Diversity in Education and Research (PODER). Charlie Nettle and Yana Melchor-Martinez conducted neurostimulation studies during the 10-week summer BUILD PODER program.Charlie conducted a study to investigate whether inhibitory TMS stimulation to the dorsal lateral prefrontal cortex and inferior gyrus causes individuals to be more liberal with their memory-based decisions. Yana used tDCS to determine if current stimulation to the right or left prefrontal cortex can help or hinder belief updating propensities. Charlie and Yana presented their research findings in the form of a poster at a research symposium.

Evan Layher is a semi-finalist in the UCSB Grad Slam

Evan Layher made it to the semi-finals of the UC Santa Barbara Grad Slam competition. Grad slam is a competition across all departments where graduate students give a 3-minute talk about their research to a general audience. The winner of the competition receives $5,000 and competes at the UC-wide competition. Evan gave a talk about the influence of criterion shifting on recognition memory. Research assistant Anjali Dixit is shown here as a "suspect" to a crime.

Miller Lab moves to Psychology East basement

The Miller Lab gets a new lab space in the Psychology East basement. The lab is now conveniently located 5 feet from UC Santa Barbara's neurostimulation room, 30 feet from the Brain Imaging Center, and 300 yards from the beach. The essentials are just a short walk away.

Master's student researches in the lab through SABRE

The Miller Lab hosted Tsion Andine, a Master's student at Jackson State University, through the Institute of Collaborative Biotechnologies Applied Biotechnology Research Experience (SABRE) 10-week summer program. Under the mentorship of Evan Layher, Tsion used TMS to investigate whether a casual role exists between stimulating the inferior frontal gyrus and shifting a memory-based decision criterion. She presented her findings at the 2016 SABRE symposium.

High-school students conduct research in the lab

The Miller Lab hosted four high-school student interns as part of the six-week summer Research Mentorship Program (RMP). Natalie Hampton, Martin Hito, Stanley Lam, and Kara Portier conducted research under the supervision of their advisor Evan Layher. Natalie and Kara analyzed fMRI data to assess fronto-parietal activity associated with maintaining a conservative criterion for both memory and perceptual recognition. Martin and Stanley analyzed simultaneous EEG/fMRI data to discover EEG signals associated with maintaining a conservative versus liberal criterion. The students reported their findings in the form of a talk and a poster at the RMP research symposium.

Justin Kantner becomes Research Professor at CSUN

Justin Kantner is hired as a faculty member in the Department of Psychology at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). He continues to study the neural dynamics of criterion shifting while teaching courses at CSUN. The Miller Lab is proud of Justin's accomplishments and knows he will continue to do great things in academia.

Jan Meyer is a visting graduate student (Netherlands)

Jan Meyer, a visiting graduate student from Maastricht University in the Netherlands, spends an academic year in the Miller Lab. Under the guidance of Nikki Marinsek, Jan investigated the hemispheric contributions of belief updating through transcranial magnetic stimulation of the inferior frontal gyrus.

Mike Miller selected to join the Defense Science Study Group

The Defense Science Study Group is a "program of education and study that introduces outstanding science and engineering professors to the United States’ security challenges and encourages them to apply their talents to these issues." Members of the Defense Group tour military bases and meet with top-level military personnel and politicians over the course of two years and identify ways in which to improve national security. The selection process is competitive and members are selected on the basis of "academic excellence, breadth of interests, references, consideration of discipline, and geographic distribution."

Mike is the first neuroscientist to ever join the group.

Amy Frithsen receives her PhD: go Amy!

Amy Frithsen received her doctoral degree in Psychology for her dissertation titled "The Parietal Cortex and Recognition Memory: Activity is Modulated by Changes in Task Demands." Amy is now a postdoctoral researcher in Craig Stark's lab at the University of California, Irvine where she is studying individuals with superior autobiographical memories (a lacking resource within the Miller Lab).