I am a PhD student in the Department of Communication at UCSB and lab manager for the Media Neuroscience Lab. Broadly speaking, I am interested in applying neuroscientific and evolutionary perspectives to investigate human communication phenomena. More specifically, I am interested in how the brain processes interactive media such as video games and virtual reality. Accordingly, I am currently investigating the cognitive demand and neural correlates associated with Flow experiences resulting from media use. Other areas of inquiry include how evolutionarily derived motivations shape media selection and usage. Before attending UCSB, I held several corporate research positions at companies such as Nissan North America, The Walt Disney Company, and Lieberman Research Worldwide.
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