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SURF: Announcements of Opportunity

Below are Announcements of Opportunity posted by Caltech faculty and JPL technical staff for the SURF program. Additional AOs for the Amgen Scholars program can be found here.

Specific GROWTH projects being offerred for summer 2018 can be found here.

Each AO indicates whether or not it is open to non-Caltech students. If an AO is NOT open to non-Caltech students, please DO NOT contact the mentor.

Announcements of Opportunity are posted as they are received. Please check back regularly for new AO submissions! Remember: This is just one way that you can go about identifying a suitable project and/or mentor.

Announcements for external summer programs are listed here.

Students pursuing opportunities at JPL must be
U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents.

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Project:  The Influence of Expectation on Visual Perception
Disciplines:  Computation and Neural Systems, Neuroscience
Mentor:  Shinsuke Shimojo, Gertrude Baltimore Professor, (BBE), sshimojo@caltech.edu
AO Contact:  Shao-Min (Sean) Hung, smhung@caltech.edu
Background:  Prior expectations very often lead to cognitive bias and perceptual changes. However, how reliable the perceptual changes are is still controversial. Here we aim to utilize psychophysics and various physiological recordings to examine if prior expectations, formed consciously or unconsciously, change how we perceive the environment.
Description:  The SURF student is expected to be involved in experimental design, scripting, and analyzing the data in a series of psychophysical as well as EEG experiments. An important benefit is to learn how these experiments address the central question using various tools in the lab.
References:  Noudoost, B., & Moore, T. (2011). Control of visual cortical signals by prefrontal dopamine. Nature, 474(7351), 372–375.

Wager, T. D., Rilling, J. K., Smith, E. E., Sokolik, A., Casey, K. L., Davidson, R. J., ... & Cohen, J. D. (2004). Placebo-induced changes in FMRI in the anticipation and experience of pain. Science, 303(5661), 1162-1167.
Student Requirements:  - Matlab or Python programing skills are required to enable stimulus presentation and data analysis
- Experience on EEG experiment, including performing the experiment as well as data analysis is a plus.
- Neuroscience/Psychology/Cognitive Sciences background is a plus.
Programs:  This AO can be done under the following programs:

  Program    Available To
       SURF    both Caltech and non-Caltech students 

Click on a program name for program info and application requirements.


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