2019 Undergraduate Summer Research Program Participant

Home Department: Bioengineering
Mentor: Andrew Huberman, Neurobiology and Ophthalmology

Vision is a strong model forPhoto of undergraduate student Marlon Washington II sitting in a dim observation room, with images from a video feed and corresponding data on his computer screen. addressing the adaptiveness of behaviors and autonomic arousal. By gaining data from an established virtual reality environment that reliably evokes physiological and behavioral responses to the virtual presentation of heights, Marion’s goal is to formulate a function of human baseline arousal that can predict human defensive responses to heights. By applying the same function to the data from subjects with anxiety disorders, we can gain a quantitative understanding of human mental disorders.