CCN Lab 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
4th year graduate student

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


Nora Harhen
Nora Harhen
she/her
3rd 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
2nd year graduate student
jungsun.yoo (at) uci.edu
https://jungsunyoo.github.io/
0000-0001-8341-9226
@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.


Briana Coleman
Briana Coleman
Senior, Campuswide Honors program

Briana Coleman is currently working on her bachelors degree at the University of California, Irvine.

She is a CHC undergraduate student in Dr. Bornstein’s lab at the University of California, Irvine. Her interests lie in learning how anxiety can affect an individual in different ways such decision making. She is currently working on how anxiety affects temporal discounting.

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