Serra Favila


I’m a cognitive neuroscientist interested in human memory. My research explores the cognitive and neural pressures that shape what information is stored in long-term memory and how this information is formatted in a way that supports adaptive behavior. I draw on a combination of behavioral, computational, and neural methods.

I am currently a postdoctoral scientist working with Mariam Aly and Josh Jacobs at Columbia University, where I’m supported by an NIH Blueprint D-SPAN F99/K00 Award. I received my PhD in Psychology from NYU, working with Brice Kuhl and Jon Winawer. Prior to graduate school, I was an undergrad and postbacc research assistant in Anthony Wagner’s lab at Stanford University.

Starting in July 2024, I’ll be an Assistant Professor in the Department of Cognitive, Linguistic, and Psychological Sciences at Brown University. I’m recruiting – join the lab!