Brief background

I’m a scientist working in the areas of cognitive psychology and cognitive neuroscience. Since 2015 I have been a NIH postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, where I am working with Giulio Tononi at the Center for Sleep and Consciousness in the School of Medicine and Public Health


From 2009-2014 I did my PhD at the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of California, Santa Barbara where I worked with Jonathan Schooler and Jonathan Smallwood. In 2012, I was a visiting research scientist at the Neuroanatomy and Connectivity Research Group at the Max Plank Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig, Germany.


Research interests

My research uses a diversity of methods, including behavioral testing, computational modeling, functional and structural MRI, EEG, sleep physiology, non-invasive brain stimulation and eye tracking to address fundamental questions in human cognition. A core area of my research focuses on how people monitor their cognition and behavior and the neural mechanisms of these capacities. 

My long-term research interests extend to broad scientific questions, including: how the capacity for explicit self-awareness arises in the human brain, the significance of language and symbolic representation in defining human cognition, as well as fundamental issues pertaining to emergence, information, and semiotic processes in biological systems.

CV, Bibliometrics

My work has led to numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals and talks at international conferences (please see Publications section, Google Scholar page and CV). 

Some of the material on this website is based on work supported by grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of this agencies. 

©2018 by Benjamin Baird