Chris McNorgan, PhD
I completed my graduate trainining in the Department of Psychology at the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada. There, I became interested in semantic memory — your memory for the meaning of things — and in particular how different sources of knowledge work together to form the thoughts we have. During this time, I was increasingly thinking of my computational modeling work in terms of how these phenomena might occur in the brain. In order to be able to answer these questions, I moved to the Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory at Northwestern University. There, I learned how to use functional magnetic resonance imaging to investigate reading as a multisensory process. During my appointment at Lancaster University, I completed the work that directly bridges neuroimaging and neural network models of the human brain. It's my hope that this work makes a major contribution towards creating biologically plausible computational models of human cognition.