About me

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I am a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellow at the Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, School of Clinical Medicine, University of Cambridge. I was trained in computer science and psychology, and after several years as a software developer in the industry I moved back to university to pursue a PhD and a career in science. In my work, I am keen to understand basic neural mechanisms as well as apply scientific methods and knowledge to clinical use.

I am interested in how we process information, choose the pieces of information that are relevant to us and discard the others. More broadly, I am interested in the brain systems that support cognitive control – a collection of cognitive functions such as attention, planning, reasoning and problem solving. I aim to understand the neural codes that underlie cognitive control and information processing in health and disease: how stages of processing are dynamically reflected in different types of neural signals, what happens to the neural system when it fails to appropriately process information, what factors influence these failures, and how we can improve the way we process information and solve problems.

My work combines a variety of techniques such as neuroimaging (fMRI), electrocorticography (ECoG), behavioural and computational methods to investigate goal-directed, adaptive and flexible information processing. Beyond basic science questions, my translational work involves multi-modality functional mapping in patients with brain tumours before, during and after surgeries.

Please contact me if you are interested in joining my group: yaara.erez@mrc-cbu.cam.ac.uk.

Here is a short summary of my career path.