Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Gold Lab

psychophysics, physiology, pupillometry, modeling graphics

Gold Lab People


Principal Investigator

Joshua Gold

Joshua Gold
Professor of Neuroscience
 jigold@pennmedicine.upenn.edu
 215-746-0028

1991 Sc.B. Neuroscience, Brown University
1997 Ph.D. Neuroscience, Stanford University
 



Post-Doctoral Fellows

Alexandre Filipowicz

Alexandre Filipowicz
 alsfilip@pennmedicine.upenn.edu

Co-mentored by Joe Kable


Nathan Tardiff

Nathan Tardiff



Graduate Students

Alice Dallstream

Alice Dallstream
 adalls@pennmedicine.upenn.edu

I am studying the how a non-invasive form of neurostimulation called transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) alters neural activity and behavior. TMS to specific regions of the lateral prefrontal cortex is used in depression treatment. To this end, I am studying the influence of TMS on 1) regions of the cingulate cortex that are implicated in depression by using neural recording in monkeys and 2) behavioral deficits common to depression patients by using a computer-based task in both human and animal studies. In particular, I am focusing on the ability of individuals to adjust their behavior in response to changing, value-related information. Importantly, the ability to adapt to changing conditions is also associated with activity in the cingulate cortex. Using a combination of non-human primate and human studies, I aim to understand how TMS to lateral prefrontal cortex works mechanistically in the brain so that this information can eventually be used to improve depression treatment outcomes.

Co-mentored by Michael Platt.


Kara McGaughey

Kara McGaughey
NGG student


Kyra Schapiro

Kyra Schapiro
NGG student
 kyrasch@pennmedicine.upenn.edu

Currently I am studying the integration of information to make decisions in various contexts. One project I’m working on is investigating the effect of delay on spatial integration in humans: does delay affect how well we can use the information available to us?  My other project investigate how context affects spatial information integration: how is the same visual evidence interpreted in different contexts?  The behavioral effects have been studied in humans but I am extending the paradigm to NHP work so as to examine how neural tuning and connections may be altered by context to produce different behavioral outputs to identical inputs. 



Staff

Nathan Goldman

Nathan Goldman
Research Technician
 Nathan.Goldman@pennmedicine.upenn.edu


Chris Pizzica

Chris Pizzica
Research Technician
 cpizzica@pennmedicine.upenn.edu


Kathryn Rogers

Kathryn Rogers
Research Technician
 Kathryn.Rogers@pennmedicine.upenn.edu

Co-supervised by Long Ding


Jean Zweigle

Jean Zweigle
Research Technician
 jeanz@pennmedicine.upenn.edu
 215-746-0029

Co-supervised by Long Ding


Lab alumni

David Barack
Sharath Bennur
Patrick Connolly
Takahiro Doi
Long Ding [website]
Yunshu Fan
Chris Glaze
Sidd Joshi
Rishi Kalwani
Kamesh Krishnamurthy
Chi-Tat "Jeff" Law
Hannah Lefumat
Yin Li
Matt Nassar [website]
Adrian Radillo
Lalitta Suriya-Arunoj
Ching-Ling Teng
Bob Wilson [website]