Jay is a Research Assistant Professor at the University of New Mexico where he directs the NICE Lab (Non-Invasive Cognitive Enhancement Lab). The NICE lab explores how neuromodulation can augment cognition in humans using a variety of established tools, including transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), transcranial electrical stimulation (tDCS/tACS) and also novel methods like transcranial focused ultrasound (TFUS) and near-infrared light stimulation (photobiomodulation).
Jay received his PhD in Cognition and Neural Systems in 2014 from the University of Arizona. His doctoral research focused on neural oscillations related to visual perception and feedback models of vision. He used several methods to study
visual perception, including EEG, eye-tracking, and unconscious masking. During his graduate training, he also used invasive and noninvasive neurostimulation to study a wide range of topics, including cognitive control, attention, working memory, emotion and mood. Jay has been at the forefront of the growing field of
transcranial ultrasound for human neurostimulation, conducting one of the first human experiments to date showing that ultrasound can enhance mood in healthy participants. As a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Arizona, he used concurrent EEG-fMRI to study the neural basis of depression.
From 2016-2018, Jay was a postdoctoral fellow for the Army Research Labs, where he investigated neuromodulation and mindfulness training. Jay is also the Assistant Director for the Center for Consciousness Studies, which runs the largest conference on the study of consciousness.
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