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Laura A. Libby

UCD: Laura A. Libby

Background and Research Interests

Laura is a Ph.D. candidate in the UC Davis Psychology Department working in the Dynamic Memory Lab with Charan Ranganath and at the Imaging Research Center with Dan Ragland.  She graduated with a B.S. with Honors in Human Development from Cornell University in 2007.  Prior to entering graduate school, from 2007-2009, Laura received post-baccalaureate training at the Clinical Brain Disorders Branch of the National Institute of Mental Health.

Laura's research focuses on understanding the functional heterogeneity of the human medial temporal lobe and how MTL subregions interact with distributed brain networks to support episodic memory. To answer these questions, Laura uses advanced functional neuroimaging techniques, such as functional connectivity (Libby et al., 2012), high-resolution fMRI of the hippocampus (Libby et al., 2012), and pattern similarity analysis (Hannula, Libby et al., 2013; Libby, Hannula, and Ranganath, in preparation; Libby and Ranganath, SfN 2013), as well as behavioral modeling of recognition memory processes (Libby et al., 2013).  Ongoing projects investigate the neural underpinnings of item and context memory in healthy adults and patients with schizophrenia.

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