The Department of Psychological and Brain Science's Graduate Studies Committee has selected Natasha de la Rosa to receive a 2018 Edna M. Dahlquist Scholarship. The Dahlquist Scholarship, offered annually, rewards the unique challenges and hardships that a student overcame to enroll in their graduate program, providing $2,000 per student to complement other sources of funding (e.g., assistantships, fellowships). These funds may be used to support research and/or help with general living costs.
Natasha de la Rosa is a first-year graduate student pursuing a PhD in Neuroscience and Behavior, under the guidance of Dr. Rosie Cowell. Her research focuses on understanding how recognition memory processes are encoded in the human brain by looking at the ventral visual pathway using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), a neuroimaging tool. The goal of her project is to try to identify the mechanisms behind encoding novel objects (never before seen) and recognizing objects previously encountered by looking at the patterns of neuronal activation. A greater understanding of recognition memory will lead neuroscientists to better grasp how visual perception happens in the human brain.