Pineda Ph.d research is in the
relationship between brain structure and function of mind.
Dr. Pineda is particularly interested in the biological bases
of higher-order cognition and especially selective attention
and decision-making. Furthermore, he's interested in the role
they play in stimulus selection, and how neurotransmitter
systems, and other biogenic amines contribute to such processes
as selection, plasticity, and synchronization. Other interests
include the neuroetiology of addiction and behaviors, the
effects of arousal, motivation, imagination, and other brain
states on behavioral performance, and on specific electrophysiological
indices of attention and decision-making. All these issues
are studied at different levels of analysis from single units,
event-related potentials (ERPs), to EEG. The nature of some
of Dr. Pineda's interests requires the use of animals, primarily
nonhuman primates, to model human cognitive phenomena.
received his B.S. with high honors in Cognitive Science from
the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) in 1994. After
working for a year as network and communications manager for
Nextel San Diego, he entered the Ph. D. program in Cognitive
Science at UCSD. He received his M.S. in 1997 and advanced
to earn his Ph.d (A.B.D.) in 2003. He works in the Cognitive
Neuroscience Lab (CNL) under Dr. Jaime Pineda. His areas of
interest include cognitive neuroscience, electrophysiology,
psychophysics, applied psychology, neural networks, attention
and memory, and human computer interaction.
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