Michael R. ShteynMichaelShteyn

I am a graduate student affiliated with the Neuroscience Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, the Center for Neuroscience at the University of Pittsburgh, and the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition, a joint program between the two institions. My doctoral work is conducted under the mentorship of Carl Olson.

My work examines how learned biases (prior expectation, reward value) impact the way neurons process basic sensory information. I've presented on these topics both nationally and internationally, including recent presentations at the Computational and Systems Neuroscience conference (COSYNE) in Lisbon, and Neuromatch, the world's largest conference dedicated to democratizing neuroscientific knowledge.

Before coming to Pittsburgh, I worked as a research assistant at Washington University in the lab of Larry Snyder, where I studied sensorimotor transformations in parietal cortex. Prior to that, I completed undergraduate research in natural language processing in the department of Brain & Cognitive Sciences at the University of Rochester under the mentorship of Michael Tanenhaus.