I’m from Hampden, Massachusetts (a small, rural town in western MA).
I attended Connecticut College and majored in Neuroscience, Slavic Studies, and Dance. After graduation, I spent a year in Kazan, Russia on a Fulbright ETA grant. I spent the next three years at Schepens Eye Research Institute of Harvard Medical School working in a vision science lab.
There is no better place than Berkeley to challenge yourself, take risks, and study what you are truly passionate about. Here, you are surrounded by some of the world’s greatest minds and thinkers not only in vision science, but also in neuroscience, optics, genetics, computer science, and psychology. The unique diversity, breadth, and richness of the program are but a few of the strengths I’ve witnessed as a first-year student.
I am interested in how our brains create a percept of our visual environment and how previous visual information impacts predictive processing. I am also intrigued by eye movements and their importance for creating a stable visual percept.
I aim to improve my understanding of vision and the brain through computational and psychophysical methods. I hope to learn how to ask good questions and how to answer those questions. I see myself both in academia and industry.
I like to drink and study wine! I have a WSET level 3 certification in wine and hope to get a fun/part-time job at a local wine shop. I also like hanging with my cat, moving my body, and exploring the Bay Area.
"Reeves, S., Williams, V., Costela, F., Palumbo, R., Umoren, O., Christopher, M., Blacker, D., Woods, R. (2020) Narrative video scene description task discriminates between levels of cognitive impairment in Alzheimer’s Disease. Neuropsychology, 34(4): 437-446.
Costela, F., Reeves, S., Woods, R. (2020) Orientation of preferred retinal locus (PRL) is maintained following changes in simulated scotoma size. Journal of Vision, 20(7): 25-30.
Costela, F., Saunders, D., Rose, D., Katjezovic, S., Reeves, S., Woods, R. (2019) People with central vision loss have difficulty watching videos. Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, 60(1): 358-364.