Nicole Drummond

Mentor: Dr. Dr. Ranganatha Sitaram
Biomedical Engineering
 
"I wanted to better understand how the brain learns and stores information, such as memories, that gives rise to our conscious perception of ourselves. "

Major

Neuroscience and Neural Engineering

Minor

Physics

Research Interests

  • Brain Computer Interface
  • Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI)
  • Brain Network Connectivity

Academic Awards

  • J. Pruitt Biomedical Engineering Research Day Poster
  • Dean's List
  • National Merit Special Interest Scholar
  • Florida Academic Scholar

Organizations

  • The Neuroscience Club
  • UF International Navigators
  • Journal Club

Volunteer

  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
  • Brain Awareness Week

Hobbies and Interests

  • Tennis
  • Yoga
  • Horse-back Riding
  • Chess

Research Description

Can Neuro-feedback be Used to Enhance Language Network Connectivity?
My project aims to assess whether the brain network can be enhanced during neuro-feedback experiments using function Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI). We perform experiments on human subjects in which they are trained to modulate their brain activity during specific tasks relating to language. The subjects are trained by use of a thermometer that reflects back to them their real-time brain activity levels as determined by the fMRI. This allows them to modulate brain activity according to instruction and for them to see if they are activating the appropriate area. Behavioral results after several training trials have shown enhanced language capability. I am now looking for where the corresponding connections in the brain were formed and enhanced due to learning using the neuro-feedback technique.