I am currently a post-doctoral scholar at the University of California, Berkeley working with Mark D’Esposito. I received my Ph.D. in Psychology from Stanford University, where I was mentored by Jamil Zaki. My research program focuses broadly on the influence of internal states (e.g., goals, expectations and desires) on perceptual and evaluative processes. I have pursued this line of work through four interrelated research threads: (i) how desires affect what people see, (ii) how attention evolves with learning, (iii) how implicit social expectations bias person perception, and (iv) how prior beliefs bias the processing of political videos.
Using a broad suite of methods, including computational modeling, pupillometry, naturalistic paradigms and functional magnetic resonance imaging, I seek to understand these phenomena at the psychological, computational and neural levels. My work draws heavily from the traditions of cognitive, affective and social neuroscience. By combining different tools and perspectives, I aim to characterize how top-down modulation of information processing facilitates adaptive behavior across different domains of human cognition, and identify potential behavioral and neural targets of intervention to improve socio-cognitive functioning.