Graduate Student/Ph.D. candidate, UC Berkeley, Psychology, 2015 - Present (Ph.D. Expected 2020)
Education & Prior Positions:
Graduate Student Instructor, UC Berkeley, 2016
Lab Manager, Stanford University, 2011-2015
B.S. Biology, UC San Diego, 2006-2010
Research Assistant, UC San Diego, 2007-2010
Scientific interests & short bio:
Vinitha is a graduate student in the Cognitive Neuroscience area (Department of Psychology) working with Robert T Knight (dissertation advisor) and Kevin Weiner (mentor). Her work combines intracranial electrophysiology and electrical stimulation to investigate high-level vision. In particular, Vinitha is leveraging electrocorticography to investigate the spatial and temporal profile of repetition suppression and multistable perception in humans.
Honors & Awards:
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, National Science Foundation (2015-Present)
Rangarajan V, Weiner KS, Jacques CJ, Parvizi J, Knight RT, Grill-Spector K. Temporal dynamics of repetition suppression revealed by human intracranial recordings in ventral temporal cortex. (In Prep)
Rangarajan V & Parvizi J. Functional asymmetry between the left and right human fusiform gyrus explored through electrical brain stimulation. (2016) Neurospsychologia 83, 29–36.
Hermes D, Foster BL, Weiner KS, Jacques C, Grill-Spector K, Parvizi J. Electrical Stimulation of Face-Selective Areas in the Left and Right Human Fusiform Gyrus Causes Distinctive Perceptual Effects. (2014) Journal of Neuroscience 34(38), 12828-36.
Jacques C, Witthoft N, Weiner KS, Foster BL, Rangarajan V, Miller KJ, Hermes D, Parvizi J, Grill-Spector K. The relationship between fMRI and ECoG measurements of category selectivity in human ventral temporal cortex. (2016) Neuropsychologia 83, 14–28.
Parvizi J, Jacques C, Foster BL, Witthoft N, Rangarajan V, Weiner KS, Grill-Spector K. Electrical stimulation of human fusiform face-selective regions distorts face perception. (2012) Journal of Neuroscience 32(43), 14915-20.