Sage Junior Research Fellowships

The SAGE Junior Fellows Program supports the intellectual development of early-career UCSB postdoctoral scholars across the University. Fellows form a group bound by a common pursuit: to understand the mind and brain through a variety of complementary disciplines. Fellows form a close community through luncheons, meetings with SAGE visiting scholars and speakers, and quarterly presentations of their scholarship. Fellows each receive a credit that can be used to: support novel or high-risk scholarly pursuits or collaborations; organize an interdisciplinary symposium/workshop on a topic of the mind/brain; develop a series of public events; or enable an undertaking of the Fellow’s choice. Fellowships are awarded on a 1-year basis, with the possibility to extend to 2 years based on achievement demonstrated in Year 1.

With generous support from Hearst Foundations

Corina Logan

Corina Logan investigates how sociality, ecology, and genetics influence behavioral flexibility and brains. She has a BS degree in biology from the Evergreen State College where she studied tropical animal behavior, and a PhD in experimental psychology from the University of Cambridge where she was a Gates Scholar researching how sociality influences behavior in the crow family. Corina is investigating whether invasive species solve problems flexibly using one of the most invasive species in North America as a model system: the great-tailed grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus). This work has been funded by the SAGE Center for the Study of the Mind and the National Geographic Society / Waitt Grants Program. In a parallel project, she examines whether brain size is heritable and whether it influences lifetime breeding success in red deer as a Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge. (Photo © Sonia Fernandez)


Rebecca Schaefer

Rebecca Schaefer's research focuses on health applications of musical interactions, specifically on the neuroscience of music listening, moving to musical rhythm and music imagery. She has a background in Clinical Neuropsychology and Music Cognition, and her PhD work at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behavior of Radboud University Nijmegen focused on developing cognitive tasks for Brain-Computer Interfaces. Before coming to the SAGE Center at UCSB, she obtained a European Marie Curie fellowship to research the interaction of music and movement at the University of Edinburgh, UK. She is continuing research initiated at the SAGE Center as the leader of the Music, Brain Health & Technology Lab at the Department of Health, Medical and Neuropsychology at Leiden University, The Netherlands, where she is an Assistant Professor.


Margaret Tarampi

Margaret R. Tarampi received her Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Utah. Her research investigates the cognitive and neural mechanisms that underlie spatial perception and cognition in special populations including individuals with visual impairments and spatial experts such as dancers and architects. Her other research interests include spatial thinking, perception and action, perspective taking, and kinesthetic imagery. Margaret's interdisciplinary background includes a Bachelor of Architectures from Carnegie Mellon University. Her interests in the effect of architecture on human experience brought her to the American Institute of Architects in Washington D.C. and then to the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla CA. She is also an accomplished visual artist whose work explores the assumptions and manipulations of the human perceptual system. She is currently a Research Associate with the Center for Spatial Studies at UCSB.

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