Julie Self

PhD Student
Computational Neuroscience

WHERE I'M FROM

I grew up in the Bay Area, but completed my undergraduate degree in Lewiston, Maine.

BEFORE VS

Before VS I attended Bates college where I participated in research looking at the role of objects in scene categorization in addition to hiking and spending a lot of time outdoors. Going to school in Maine certainly burst my California bubble, and I quickly learned what it means to live where snow comes to you instead of you choosing to go to the snow.

WHY I’M HERE

I am at Berkeley to expand my understanding of the visual system, and to explore the relationship between computers and the brain. I am intrigued by the ways in which we can use computational tools to gain new insights into neural processes, and conversely, how we can take inspiration from biological design to inform how we utilize computers.

MY RESEARCH

My undergraduate research examined the mechanisms through which we categorize visual scenes. More specifically, I used machine decoding of EEG signal to explore how a participant's ability to successfully categorize scenes was influenced by removing key objects.

MY GOALS

I hope to improve my computational skills, and to learn more about the ways in which we can model the brain.

MY HOBBIES

I play bluegrass guitar, I enjoy rock climbing and hiking, and I make neuro themed ceramics. Also I have a Rhodesian Ridgeback Puppy!