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Claire Zhang

PhD candidate

I am pursuing two research trajectories focused on the beneficial effect of choice on learning and memory. On one hand, I focus on investigating how this choice effect on memory is modulated by the predictability of choice outcomes. On the other hand, I also study how cultural and educational backgrounds shape learning motivation, like how autonomy or external rewards improve learning. I use behavioral measurements and fMRI to investigate both of these research questions, and I am trying to combine them with computational modeling.

When I am not working in the lab, you might find me doing pole dancing, swimming, surfing, windsurfing, partying with drum & bass music, bouldering with friends…