Research

Broadly speaking, I'm interested in how the brain stores and represents information about the world. We encounter a broad spectrum of people, places, things, and events through multiple senses on a daily basis. How do we organize knowledge about these different encounters so that we can efficiently process them as they come? How is information from different perceptual modalities integrated into a unified representation? How is "similar" information linked together along neural routes?

I'm particularly interested in answering these questions within the framework of action. What characteristics of actions determine how the brain carves up our visual action repertoire? Is a pirouette more closely linked to a child's twirl or a jete? How might this differ between experts and novices? Do the demands of mental rehearsal, "marking," and full-out performance elicit different neural signatures at when a dancer recalls choreography?

I use functional neuroimaging and behavioral methods to chip away at these topics.