(2009) B.A. Philosophy, University of California, San Diego, US
(2013) M.Sc. Brain and Cognitive Science, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
My primary interests are in the neurobiological basis of decision-making and memory and how these cognitive constructs are altered in disorders of the nervous system. Within decision-making I am particularly interested in understanding how effort modulates brain activity both at the level of individual neurons and large-scale oscillatory patterns. How do different brain areas known to be involved in different aspects of decision-making (for example than anterior cingulate and the orbital frontal cortex) interact as animals forage and make goal-directed choices? Related to this, I am interested in disorders of decision-making, particularly obsessive-compulsive disorder, a subject on which I did my masters research.
Within memory systems I am interested in how large-scale local field potential (LFP) oscillations known to be involved in memory consolidation, particularly cortical spindles and hippocampal ripples, may be altered in Parkinson’s disease. I am currently involved in a project researching how the LRRK2 gene (the most common genetic cause of Parkinson’s disease) affects these memory-consolidation related oscillations in mice. What we discover may help uncover biomarkers for early stage Parkinson’s disease and identify possible targets for treatment.
I earned my B.A. from the University of California, San Diego where I studied philosophy, specializing in philosophy of neuroscience. I then traveled to the Netherlands where I worked in the Cognitive Science Center, Amsterdam and the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience while completing a M.Sc. in Brain and Cognitive Science from the University of Amsterdam. After returning to the U.S. I moved to Tucson to begin work towards my PhD at the University of Arizona.
Platform to Enable Combined Measurement of Dopamine and Neural Activity
Kate L. Parent, Daniel F. Hill, Lindsey M. Crown, Jean-Paul Wiegand, Kathleen F. Gies, Michael A. Miller, Christopher W. Atcherley, Michael L. Heien, and Stephen L. Cowen
Analytical Chemistry 2017 89 (5), 2790-2799
Quantifying inter-individual anatomical variability in the subcortex using 7T structural MRI
M.C Keuken, P-L. Bazin, L. Crown, J. Hootsmans, A.Laufer, C. Muller-Axt. R. Sier, E.J. van der Putten, A. Schafer, R. Turner, B.U. Forstmann
NeuroImage 2014 94 40-46
Psych 150 (TA): Intro to Psychology
Psych 233 (TA): Intro to Statistics
Psych 313 (TA): Drugs and the Brain
Pysch 597: Advanced Statistics (graduate level)
Psych 333 (TA): Judgement and Decision Making
Decision-Making, Memory Systems, Sleep