NCA23 Showcase

The lab is excited to share two presentations at NCA23 this year. Hope to see you at NCA!

Saturday, November 18:
11:00 AM – 12:15 PM; Annapolis 2 – Hotel, Ballroom Level. Gong, X. & Huskey, R. Mechanisms of People’s Book Reading: Exploration and Reinforcement Learning.
11:00 AM – 12:15 PM; Annapolis 2 – Hotel, Ballroom Level. Gong, X. & Huskey, R. Media Multitasking as an Exploratory (vs. Explotive) Behavior.

Lab Welcome Back Party, Fall 2023

The Lab (from left to right): Ali Mehdizadeh, Xuanjun (Jason) Gong, Sophia Sarieva, Valerie Klein, Raymond Kang, Rachael Kee, Wenjun Liu, and Richard Huskey.

On October 14, the lab got together for brunch and a fun time at Bobby Dazzler’s Pumpkin Patch. We were briefly lost in the corn maze before Sophia lead us to the exit. After, we strolled the pumpkin patch and picked out our preferred gord.

This year, we’re proud to welcome two new members: Rachael Kee (first-year PhD student) and Wenjun Liu (visiting scholar). Here’s to a great 2022-2023 school year!


Valerie Klein will present research investigating inter-brain synchrony and its relationship with collaborative task performance at this year’s ASPIRE Symposium! In this study, novel participant pairs complete a naturalistic Augmented Reality Tangram task while wearing EEG headsets. Results show that increased pairwise inter-brain synchrony is associated with increased task performance.

The symposium (open to the public) begins at 5:30pm at the Center for Mind and Brain (267 Cousteau Pl, Davis, CA 95618). The full program includes a keynote by Dr. Seth Frey, student lectures, and poster presentations.