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Yaara Erez

Dr Yaara Erez

Research Fellow


MRC Centre - Cambridge

Research summary

I am a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellow at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit (CBSU) in Cambridge, UK. I am studying the neural correlates of cognitive control and goal-directed behaviour. In particular, I am investigating context-dependent information processes, in which currently relevant information is selected, and irrelevant one is discarded. The primary brain areas that I am interested in are a fronto-parietal network that is involved in attentional control, as well as occipito-temporal visual areas.

I am interested in linking brain and cognition at multiple levels and across species, and using a variety of techniques for that. With background in Computer Science and Psychology, I am using advanced analysis methods for different types of neural data, computational modelling (mostly neural network simulations), and cognitive psychology methodologies. Among the neural data that I use are single-cell recordings from non-human primates and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) in humans. I am currently expanding my programme to other techniques such as magnetoencephalogray (MEG) and intracranial electrocorticography (ECoG) in epilepsy patients.

My broader research aims are to understand the neural codes that underlie cognitive control in health and disease: how stages of information processing and control are reflected in different types of neural signals, what happens to the neural system when it fails to appropriately process information, what factors influence these failures, and how we can improve the way we process information.

Interests and expertise (Subject groups)

Grants awarded

Focused Attentional States in Complex Cognitive Tasks

Scheme: Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship

Dates: Jan 2015 - Nov 2020

Value: £337,796.56

Task representation and control in human and monkey brain

Scheme: Newton International Fellowships

Dates: Mar 2012 - Mar 2012

Value: £99,000