Prof. Mahadevan's group The Learning Incubator (LInc) School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
My research is driven by my two greatest passions - the aesthetics of parsimonious models, and a strong desire to understand the different ways by which we perceive, reason, interact and create.
I employ a range of tools from statistical physics, dynamical systems, and "big-data" analysis on high-resolution measurements (psychophysics, fMRI, EEG, etc...) to reveal basic principles of complex cognitive phenomena.
Post-doctoral Fellow OCD and Related Disorders Program; Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)/Harvard Medical School
My research broadly focuses on the nature and treatment of OCD and anxiety disorders, including specific interests in psychological mechanisms of exposure-based therapies (e.g., inhibitory learning approaches) as well as treatment augmentation strategies that capitalize on these mechanisms. I am also interested in improving the understanding and behavioral/psychophysiological measurement of transdiagnostic psychological processes (e.g., intolerance of uncertainty, cognitive/attentional control) utilizing multi-method approaches (e.g., attentional disengagement eye-tracking tasks, behavioral economic decision-making paradigms, biometric indices of autonomic arousal).
Postdoctoral Fellow, Psychology Department, Harvard University
I am interested in factors that influence our unconscious behaviors (e.g., implicit social beliefs) and conditions under which these unintentional behaviors can be malleable. To address this issue, I use different techniques, including behavioral paradigms, event-related potentials (ERPs) and non-invasive brain stimulation (i.e., transcranial magnetic stimulation, TMS; transcranial direct current stimulation, tDCS).
I am broadly interested in the many ways in which what we already know affect the way we interact with the world. We rely on our previous knowledge to interpret what we see, which in turn is susceptible to biases emanating from our pre-dispositions. I am mostly interested in the neural mechanisms giving rise to such biased processing. My research spans various phenomena across cognitive and social domains, including episodic memory formation and consolidation, meta-cognition, impression formation, attitudes, conformity, and distinctive processing. ... Read more about Niv Reggev
Postdoctoral research fellow Psychology Department, Harvard University
I am interested in the balance between innate brain organization and experience-dependent plasticity. My primary research focuses on studying adults with specific sensory deprivation (blind, deaf or dysplasic, born without hands) to learn how selective sensory experiences shape their sensory, motor and cognitive systems. These models serve to assess the roles of critical developmental periods, compensatory cross-modal plasticity and sensory-independent (a-modal) processes in the human brain.
Staff Psychologist, OCD and Related Disorders Program, Massachusetts General Hospital Instructor in Psychology, HMS
My research interests are broadly focused on cognitive and emotional risk factors for poor psychosocial outcomes (e.g., depression, suicide risk, functional impairment) in individuals with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and body dysmorphic disorder (BDD). I have recently extended this research to better understand risk factors for poor psychosocial outcomes among medical patients who are facing changes to their physical appearance due to illness. Additionally, I am interested in issues of access to empirically supported treatments and how technology may be used to improve treatment access.