the CCN Lab

Prof. Anne GE Collins

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Contact: annecollins@berkeley.edu

I am an Assistant Professor in the department of Psychology and a member of the The Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute at UC Berkeley.

Previously, I was a post-doctoral research associate at Brown University, in the Laboratory of Neural Computation and Cognition (LNCC), with Prof. Michael Frank. I studied math and science at Ecole Polytechnique (Palaiseau, France) as an undergrad, then got my PhD in Cognitive Science from UPMC (Paris, France), with Prof. Etienne Koechlin, at the laboratory for cognitive neuroscience (ENS, INSERM). You can find a full cv here.

Postdoctoral Researchers

Beth Baribault

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Contact: baribault@berkeley.edu

After earning my BA in Psychology at SUNY Purchase College, I obtained my MA in Psychology and PhD in Cognitive Science at UC Irvine. My background is in computational cognitive modeling, with a special emphasis on hierarchical Bayesian modeling. The overarching goal of my research has been to investigate how combining different modeling approaches enables us to ask (and answer!) qualitatively new questions about the nature of human behavior. While working with Dr. Joachim Vandekerckhove at UC Irvine, I used this approach to study different aspects of higher-order cognition, such as how attention ability underpins decision-making behavior. I have also worked on new design techniques that increase the replicability and robustness of psychological research.

At the Computational Cognitive Neuroscience Lab, I would like to test how merging different modeling approaches might deepen our understanding of reinforcement learning. Specifically, I’d like to know: How do higher-order cognitive abilities, such as working memory and attention, and cognitive processes, such category learning and decision-making, intersect and interact with reinforcement learning? In what environments do these interactions become more or less salient? And finally, how do individual differences shape the collective dynamics of these processes to allow for the diverse range of behaviors we observe across people?



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Aspen H. Yoo

Contact: aspen.yoo@berkeley.edu

I got my PhD from New York University, working with Wei Ji Ma and in close collaboration with Clayton Curtis. During my doctoral studies, I used psychophysical, computational (mostly Bayesian/probabilistic models), and neuroimaging (fMRI) methods to understand how behavioral relevance and uncertainty affected visual working memory-based decisions. I joined the Computational Cognitive Neuroscience lab in October 2020. I hope to use similar methods to better understand temporal dynamics of working memory, and how those dynamics affect learning!




Graduate Students

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Milena Rmus

Contact: milena_rmus@berkeley.edu

I obtained my undergraduate degree in Cognitive Neuroscience from Brown University, after which I spent a year working as a research assistant at Princeton University. My research interests include studying cognitive mechanisms of learning, memory, and decision-making using computational models and neuroimaging.












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Gaia Molinaro

Contact: gaiamolinaro@berkeley.edu

I earned my BSc in Neuroscience from King's College London and my MSc in Cognitive and Decision Sciences from UCL, where I worked at Tali Sharot's Affective Brain Lab.
At Berkeley, I hope to take a computational approach to understand how people learn complex tasks from sparse rewards, how they set and achieve their own goals, and how different cognitive functions work together to enable these processes.



Lab Manager

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Amy Zou

Contact: amyzou@berkeley.edu

I obtained my undergraduate degrees in Cognitive Science and Linguistics from UC Berkeley. Previously, I worked under Dr. Linda Wilbrecht to investigate the effects of early-life food insecurity in mice, and Dr. Anne Collins to develop reinforcement learning models to analyze their cognitive performance. I was also involved in the collaborative project investigating how learning and memory changes throughout development.

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Soobin Hong
Jaeyoung Park

Postgraduate Lab Alumni

Jimmy Xia (Graduate Student - now at The D. E. Shaw Group)
Maria Eckstein (Graduate Student, Postdoctoral Researcher - now at DeepMind)
Sam McDougle (Postdoctoral Researcher - now Assistant Professor at Yale)

Undergraduate/RA Lab Alumni

Flora Dong (Undergraduate Research Assistant)
Daniela Muñoz-Lopez (Undergraduate Honors Student)
Josie Christon (Undergraduate Research Assistant)
Philip Papapolyzos (Undergraduate Research Assistant)
Tory Benson (Undergraduate Research Assistant)
Christina Su (Undergraduate Research Assistant)
May Liu (Undergraduate Research Assistant)
Kyle Giffin (Undergraduate Research Assistant)
Joy Chang (Undergraduate Research Assistant)
Aram Moghaddassi (Undergraduate Research Assistant)
Hannah Kim (Undergraduate Research Assistant)
Yi Liu (Undergraduate Research Assistant)
Kshitiz Gupta (Undergraduate Research Assistant - now at NVIDIA)
Amanda Felty (Undergraduate Research Assistant)
Femke Delissen (Undergraduate Research Assistant)
Helen Lu (Undergraduate Research Assistant)
Ham Huang (Undergraduate Honors Student - now Lab Manager at the Jenkins Lab at UPenn)
Vy Pham (Undergraduate Research Assistant)
Eliana Shaulson (Undergraduate Research Assistant)
Sabrina Ni (Undergraduate Research Assistant)
Sarah Master (Lab Manager - now at PhD Student at NYU)
William Ryan (Post-Baccalaureate - now PhD Student at UC Berkeley)
Nora Harhen (Undergraduate Honors Student - now PhD Student at UC Irvine)
Haley Keglovits (Undergraduate Honors Student - now PhD student at Brown University)
Lucy Whitmore (Undergraduate Honors Student - now Lab Manager at DBIC Lab at University of Oregon)
Zisu Dong (Undergraduate Research Assistant - now at Facebook AI)
Justin Morillo (Undergraduate Research Assistant)
Lucy Eletel (Undergraduate Research Assistant)
Nithya Rajakumar (Undergraduate Research Assistant)
Katya Brooun (Undergraduate Research Assistant)
Wendy Shi (Undergraduate Research Assistant)
Zoe Temple (Undergraduate Research Assistant)
Rachel Arsenault (Undergraduate Research Assistant)
Avanti Mehrotra (Undergraduate Research Assistant)
Lucy Eletel (Undergraduate Research Assistant)
Nithya Rajakumar (Undergraduate Research Assistant)
Daniel Scott (Intern - now in the Lab for Neural Computation and Cognition (LNCC) at Brown University)
Julie Liu (Research Assistant)
Talia Welte (Undergraduate Research Assistant)
Tanya Smith (Undergraduate Research Assistant)
Ching Fang (Undergraduate Research Assistant)
Gayatri Sabne (Undergraduate Research Assistant)
Benjamin Tang (Undergraduate Research Assistant)