Amy Ni, PhD

2020 K99/R00 Awardee
Photo of Amy Ni, 2020 BRAIN K99/R00 Awardee
University of Pittsburgh
Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Amy Ni studies how the brain translates visual inputs into a conscious perception of the environment to guide behavior. As a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Marlene Cohen at the University of Pittsburgh and Dr. David Brainard at the University of Pennsylvania, she uses feature-rich visual stimuli in the context of changing task goals to understand how the visual system extracts behaviorally relevant sensory information in realistic environments. In her prior work as a fellow of the Simons Collaboration on the Global Brain, Amy found that there is a single, quantitative relationship between changes in the shared variability of visual neuron population responses and changes in an observer’s behavioral performance, regardless of the cognitive process that results in those changes. Amy received her BA in Psychology from Dartmouth College in the laboratory of Dr. Yale Cohen and her PhD in Neurobiology from Harvard University in the laboratory of Dr. John Maunsell. 

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