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Sage Boettcher

Brain & Cognition Lab (Nobre Lab)

I am a DPhil student supervised by Kia Nobre, and I am funded by the Medical Sciences Graduate School Studentship (split between Clarendon Fund Scholarship and the Somerville College Mary Somerville Graduate Scholarhip). 

My general research interests include understanding theories of perception and attention. More specifically, my research explores how theories of predictive coding fit into more complex tasks and stimuli. I use EEG, EyeTracking, and behavioral methods to answer these questions.

Currently, I am working to understand how predictions may be modulated by perceptual difficulty, as well as how different tasks modulate predictions.

This research is important as it will complement existing theories of perception and attention. This work will contribute to the understanding of how humans we behave in a robust and complex world.

I graduated from the University of Delaware where I worked in James Hoffman's Visual Cognition Group. Following my bachelor studies I went on to work in Jeremy Wolfe's Visual Attention Lab at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital as a research assistant, before completing my Masters in Interdisciplinary Neuroscience at Goethe University of Frankfurt where I worked with Melissa Võ.

I am involved in the Graduate Joint Consultative Committee, and the Experimental Psychology Peer Mentoring Program.