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Taylor A. Vega

Alpha Oscillations and its role in the Fronto-Parietal Network and the Default Mode Network

The brain, the seat of cognitive and behavioral control, and the mechanisms that give rise to these thoughts and behaviors are still widely unknown. My research aims at exploring the neural circuits that aid in our everyday decisions and behavior. Using electroencephalography (EEG) as well as functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) we are examining neural oscillations in the alpha band (8-12 Hz) and its relationship in regulating the integration of information over large cortical areas, specifically in the fronto-parietal salience network as well as activity in the default mode network. This research has the potential to give us insightful information as to how humans exert cognitive control. Examining the components of the regulation mechanism in humans could allow us to link and anticipate behavior to novelty and unexpected events in a goal directed manner.

Message to Sponsor

It is truly a privilege to be a SURF/ROSE Hills Independent Scholar. I have been working in the Kayser lab for almost two and a half years now because I find the work intellectually inspiring and as I mentioned before it is a privilege to continue working over summer. This experience will continue to shape my academic and career path and goals as I plan on attending graduate school within the coming years. Thank you again, Rose Hills Foundation, for your support!
  • Major: Integrative Biology, Education (minor)
  • Sponsor: SURF Rose Hills fellow
  • Mentor: Andrew Kayser, Neurology-UCSF