John Serences

    John is a UCSD alum and worked with Prof. Hal Pashler as an undergraduate. He moved to Johns Hopkins for grad school and worked with Prof. Steve Yantis, and then moved to the Salk Institute to do a postdoc with Dr. Geoff Boynton. Here is his CV. Request a letter of recommendation.

    Post-doctoral Fellows


    Kirsten Adam

    Kirsten is a postdoc in the lab. She earned her B.S. in Biological Sciences from the University of Notre Dame, and she did undergraduate research with Dr. Bradley Gibson. She earned her Ph.D. while working with Dr. Edward Vogel and Dr. Edward Awh at the University of Oregon and at the University of Chicago. During her Ph.D., Kirsten used EEG, behavioral, and modeling methods to understand the limitations of visual working memory, and how working memory interacts with fluctuations of attention. At UCSD, Kirsten is using SSVEPs and fMRI to examine how we flexibly pay attention to relevant visual information while discarding irrelevant information. Here is Kirsten's website, where you'll find her CV and publications.

    Graduate students

    * = NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) recipient
    ** = Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) recipient
    # = National Defense Science and Engineering (NDSEG) Graduate Fellowship recipient


    Maggie Henderson

    Maggie is a Ph.D. student in the Neurosciences graduate program at UCSD. She earned her B.S. in Biological Sciences from Cornell University, where she worked in Dr. Rob Raguso’s lab, studying the behavior of a tiny parasitoid wasp species (T. ostriniae). Now she is interested in using tools such as fMRI to understand how neural computations support human perception, particularly in the visual system. When she’s not working, Maggie enjoys running, cooking, drawing, and making origami.


    Anna Shafer Skelton *

    Anna is a Ph.D. student in the Psychology Department. She earned her B.A. in Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology at Washington University, where she worked with Dr. Richard Abrams. In the Harvard Vision Lab, she worked with Drs. Tim Brady and George Alvarez . She also worked as a lab manager in Dr. Julie Golomb's lab, where she explored visual processing across eye movements. She is currently interested in the content and temporal dynamics of short-term memory representations, as well as how different aspects of natural scenes may be remembered across eye movements. In her spare time, although she's become sidetracked from her goal of learning to surf, she has found many other fun things to do: drinking coffee, running, learning things on Duolingo, and more recently, board games.


    Angus Chapman

    Angus is a Ph.D. student in the Psychology department. Originally from New Zealand, he received a BSc and BSc (Hons) in Psychology and Statistics from Victoria University of Wellington. There he worked with Dr. Gina Grimshaw studying how attention and cognitive control interact with emotion, and with Tirta Susilo studying how we perceive and recognize faces. At UCSD, he hopes to learn more about the neural mechanisms that underlie perception, attention, and working memory, and how these processes are involved in constructing our perceptual experience. Outside the lab, Angus listens to too many podcasts about TV and politics, occasionally swing dances, and tries to learn how to speak like an American.


    Tim Sheehan

    Tim is a Ph.D. student in the Neurosciences Graduate Program. He earned his B.A. in Bioengineering at Union College (NY) where he did research with Dr. Takashi Buma developing optical imaging techniques. To transition into neuroscience, Tim worked at the NIH as a post-bac under Dr. Kareem Zaghloul studying individual differences in learning and memory. At UCSD, Tim is currently studying the role of sensory cortex in the encoding and storage of memories. When he’s not staring at a computer, Tim enjoys rock climbing, making eggplant parm, and a good riddle.


    Sunyoung Park

    Sunyoung is a Ph.D. student in the Psychology department. She earned her B.A. in Psychology and M.S. in Cognitive Sciences at Yonsei University, where she worked with Dr. Do-Joon Yi, on the effects of familiarity on memory. She also worked as a lab manager in Dr. Won Mok Shim’s lab, studying various effects of feedback on visual perception and how they are reflected in the brain using fMRI. At UCSD, she is excited to continue her research on neural mechanisms underlying top-down influences, such as attention or expectation, on perception. In her spare time, she enjoys watching/analyzing horror movies, dancing, and exploring local breweries.


    Janna Wennberg

    Janna is a Ph.D. student in Psychology, working in both the Serences and Stoermer labs. She earned her B.A. in Mathematics from Carleton College, where she also did speech perception research with Dr. Julia Strand. Her eyes were opened to visual cognition (ha) while working with Dr. Shinsuke Shimojo at Caltech for a summer and with Dr. Klaus Oberauer during a semester abroad in Zurich, Switzerland. She subsequently spent a summer working with Dr. Edward Awh and Dr. Edward Vogel at University of Chicago. Currently, Janna's research interests include multisensory perception, as well as the role of alpha band activity in selective attention and memory. She is also a statistics enthusiast. When she's not in the lab, Janna enjoys running, reading, and rock climbing, but she's also open to activities that don't start with "R."

    Undergraduate and volunteer research assistants
    Ahana Chakraborty - Regent's Scholar
    Amanda Du
    Jimmy Yu
    Elizabeth Bennette
    Seema Ahmed
    Anika Jallorina
    Ben Carfano
    Nicole Rangan
    Jeanne Lee
    Titiksha Patel
    Zi Yang
    Lab Alumni