Brain & Cognition Lab (Nobre Lab)
I am a post-doc in Kia Nobre's Brain and Cognition Lab. I currently hold an EPS Postdoctoral fellowship. I am also a Stipendiary Lecturer at St Anne's College, and a Junior Research Fellow at Kellogg College.
My work focuses on understanding how our past experiences and memories guide attention and behavior. I am specifically interested in how we may proactively use memories from different time scales (short & long-term) and from different dimensions (spatial, temporal, & identity) to guide ongoing behavior. To understand these processes I use a combination of psychophysical methods with non-invasive brain imaging techniques.
This research is important as it will complement existing theories of perception, attention, and memory. This work will contribute to the understanding of how humans we behave in a robust and complex world.
I completed my DPhil in 2020 here at Oxford working with Kia Nobre, Freek van Ede, and Mark Stokes. Before coming to Oxford, I received my Masters in Interdisciplinary Neuroscience from Goethe University of Frankfurt where I worked in Melissa Võ's Scene Grammar Lab. I completed my BSc at the University of Delaware where I worked in James Hoffman's Visual Cognition Lab. Following my BSc, I worked for two years as a research assistant in Jeremy Wolfe's Visual Attention Lab.
I am currently the chair of the ECR Committee, and a member of the WIN Ethnic Diversity Working Group. I am also involved in several public engagements efforts within and outside of the department.
Output planning at the input stage in visual working memory.
Boettcher SEP. et al, (2021), Sci Adv, 7
Functional biases in attentional templates from associative memory.
Boettcher SEP. et al, (2020), J Vis, 20
One Thing Leads to Another: Anticipating Visual Object Identity Based on Associative-Memory Templates.
Boettcher SEP. et al, (2020), J Neurosci, 40, 4010 - 4020
Reading scenes: how scene grammar guides attention and aids perception in real-world environments.
Võ ML-H. et al, (2019), Curr Opin Psychol, 29, 205 - 210
Lost in the supermarket: Quantifying the cost of partitioning memory sets in hybrid search.
Boettcher SEP. et al, (2018), Mem Cognit, 46, 43 - 57