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Hannah Payne
Graduate Voice & Influence Program Fellow 2016-2017

Hannah Payne is a graduate student in the lab of Dr. Jennifer Raymond, where she studies the neural algorithms underlying motor learning. Her research focuses on patterns of neural activity in the cerebellum, a region involved in everything from learning how to walk and move the eyes, to complex behaviors such as dancing or drawing.  What signals guide changes in neural activity patterns during learning? How do these learned patterns give rise to behavior, particularly when the neurons may participate in multiple feedback loops? Experimental techniques to perturb and record neural activity are combined with computational approaches to address these questions. Hannah plans to graduate in the spring of 2017, and hopes to continue a career focusing on understanding the circuit mechanisms of learning in the brain. She aims to apply ways of thinking from engineering to answer questions in neuroscience.