S.L. (2016). Mapping the parameter space of tDCS and cognitive control via manipulation of current polarity and intensity. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 10, 665. https://doi.org/10.3389/fnhum.2016.00665.
Karuza, E. A., Li, P., Weiss, D. J., Bulgarelli, F., Zinszer, B. D., & Aslin, R. N. (2016). Sampling
over nonuniform distributions: A neural efficiency account of the primacy effect in statistical learning. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 28, 1484–1500.
Karuza, E.A., Thompson-Schill, S.L., & Bassett, D.S. (2016). Local patterns to global
architectures: Influences of network topology on human learning. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 20, 629–640.
Karuza, E. A., Farmer, T. A., Fine, A. B., Smith, F. X., & Jaeger, T. F. (2014). On-line measures
of prediction in a self-paced statistical learning task. Proceedings of the 36th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, 725–730.
Neural correlates of statistical learning in a word segmentation ask: An fMRI study. Brain and Language, 127, 46–54.
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MORE ABOUT WHAT WE DO
Humans are the ultimate pattern learners. We absorb a constant stream of complicated, noisy data and somehow emerge with a deep understanding of structures like language, categories, even what kinds of events are likely to follow one another in time. That “somehow” is the focus of my lab. Given known constraints on the human brain, how do learners extract the information they need from the environment, often without realizing they are doing it? To answer this question my lab takes a multi-pronged approach. We use a variety of behavioral methods to examine learners’ sensitivity to both the simple associations and network-level structures around them, with a particular focus on which patterns best facilitate learning. We also study the neural mechanisms underlying pattern learning through brain imaging techniques such as fMRI. Finally, we investigate the conditions under which learning can be boosted or impeded, including asking whether brain stimulation might be a useful tool in this endeavor.