CCN Lab Members

Current members


Aaron Bornstein
Aaron Bornstein
he/him
Assistant Professor
aaron.bornstein (at) uci.edu
http://aaron.bornstein.org/
0000-0001-6251-6000
@urrational

Aaron is interested in how and why people make the decisions that they do.


Sharon Noh
Sharon Noh
Postdoctoral fellow

https://sites.google.com/view/sharonnoh/home

Sharon Noh received her Bachelor’s degree in psychobiology at UCLA and her Ph.D. in cognitive neuroscience at UT Austin.

Her research interests lie in identifying and understanding the conditions that improve long term learning and decision-making across the lifespan.

She is currently working on various projects investigating how memory processes influence planning and decision-making in older and younger adults using neuroimaging (fMRI) and computational modeling techniques.


Nidhi Banavar
Nidhi Banavar
she/her
5th year graduate student

Nidhi is interested in how and why people make the decisions that they do.


Nora Harhen
Nora Harhen
she/her
4th year graduate student

Nora received her B.A. in Cognitive Science from UC Berkeley where she researched learning and decision-making with Anne Collins. After graduating, she worked with Marina Bedny at Johns Hopkins examining neuroplasticity in blind individuals.

She’s interested in how memory-guided decision-making changes across development and how early life experiences influence individuals’ susceptibility for substance use disorders, anxiety, and depression later in life.

Outside of the lab, Nora enjoys knitting, cooking, and bad reality tv.


Jungsun Yoo
Jungsun Yoo
she/her
3rd year graduate student
jungsun.yoo (at) uci.edu
https://jungsunyoo.github.io/
0000-0001-8341-9226
Scholar Citations
@jungsun_yoo
jungsunyoo

Jungsun graduated from Sungkyunkwan University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Philosophy. She obtained her M.Sc. degree in Social, Cognitive, and Affective Neuroscience from the Free University of Berlin, where she investigated the behavioral and neural interaction of domain-specific memory and value at the Heekeren Lab. She also worked as an AI researcher in the Computational Health Informatics Laboratory at the Asan Medical Center where she led research on explainable AI.

In the CCN Lab, Jungsun is currently working on memory-guided reinforcement learning in humans, and in particular, how people employ online planning in various contexts. Jungsun’s academic goal is to bridge the gap between learning mechanisms in biological and artificial agents.

Outside of the lab, Jungsun is an amateur violist and loves participating in ensembles such as quartets or orchestras. She is also fascinated by various programming languages.


Ari obtained a B.S. in Psychology with a second major in Philosophy from Boston College, where they researched episodic memory with Maureen Ritchey. Then, they moved to Duke University, where they researched counterfactual thinking with Felipe De Brigard and worked as Program Coordinator for the Summer Seminars in Neuroscience and Philosophy. At UCI, Ari is jointly advised by Aaron Bornstein and Megan Peters. Their research uses computational modeling and neuroimaging to characterize the effects of long-term memory on perceptual decisions, with a focus on how subjective confidence in each evidence source modulates their integration. Outside of lab, Ari enjoys spending time in nature, hanging out with their cat, and daydreaming about (nearby) possible worlds.


Mohit Nadkarni
Mohit Nadkarni
he/him
Junior Research Specialist
mnadkarn (at) uci.edu
mohitnadkarni
@NadkarniMohit
mohitnadkarni

Mohit received his B.S. in Neuroscience from the University of Texas, Austin where he researched learning and decision-making with Dr. Alison Preston, Dr. Sharon Noh, and Dr. Christine Coughlin. He previously worked on a number of projects investigating decision-making and learning in older and younger adults using neuroimaging (fMRI) and computational modeling techniques.

After graduating, he chose to further explore his passions and interests in research. He’s interested in learning more about how decision making is effected by age, and the conditions of learning and decision-making across ones lifespan that could be improved.

Outside the lab, Mohit enjoys reading running, chess, and yelping!


Gloria Cheng
Gloria Cheng
she/her
Campuswide Honors Collegium Student
chenggl (at) uci.edu

Gloria is currently working to receive her bachelors degree in Cognitive Sciences at UC Irvine. Her research interests focus on how people make decisions to optimize reward based on their memory of previous decisions. In the outside world, Gloria enjoys baking new recipes and spending time with her cat, Oligarchy.


Tommie Huynh
Tommie Huynh
he/him
Cognitive Sciences Honors Student
tommieh (at) uci.edu

Tommie is an undergraduate researcher working to obtain his Bachelor of Science degree in Cognitive Sciences at the University of California, Irvine. His research interests are in the domain of memory and decision-making. More specifically, he wants to learn how people use their memory to represent the structure of their environments, and how they use that structure to guide their decisions. In his free time, Tommie enjoys the outdoors, plays and follows basketball, and builds custom keyboards.  You can catch him hiking with his dog Milo or rooting for his favorite NBA team (go Lakers!).


Alumni


Briana Coleman
Briana Coleman
Senior, Campuswide Honors program

Briana Coleman finished her Bachelors degree in 2022!

She was a Campuswide Honors undergraduate student in Dr. Bornstein’s lab at the University of California, Irvine. Her interests lie in learning how anxiety can affect an individual’s decision-making, and how this relationship is modulated by socioeconomic and demographic factors.

Outside the lab, Briana enjoys reading books and training in Mixed Martial Arts including Muay Thai, Kickboxing, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.