DarshanaTuladharLearning Research and Development Center
3939 O'Hara St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Growing up I was always curious about the human mind and how it worked. I put my curiosity to good use as an undergraduate researcher at the University of Rochester where I examined the effects of word frequency and response time. Since earning my B.S. in Brain and Cognitive Science my research in the field of cognitive psychology has been diverse, ranging from sleep research to my current research on memory and learning at the University of Pittsburgh. My interest in clinical populations started at Cornell University in the Laboratory for the Neuroscience Autism while earning my master's degree. It is here where I explored cognitive differences in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). While working with Dr. Matthew Belmonte, I tested theories such as Weak Central Coherence and Theory of Mind in individuals with autism. Currently, I am a graduate student in cognitive psychology at the University of Pittsburgh. I have been working with Dr. Julie Fiez since 2010 investigating memory and learning. Specifically, I am examining the role of the basal ganglia and hippocampus in implicit and explicit memory. Recently, I have branched out her research by also investigating the difference in memory in individuals with Parkinson's disease and Mild Cognitive Impairment.
Interests other than human behavior and the brain– burritos, root beer, birds, trying to play the violin, and origami.