Samantha ChouSamantha Chou

Research Interest


Advisor: Dr. Matt Scaglione, Department of Biochemistry


BA, 2012, University of California, Berkeley
Major: Cognitive Science

Research Experience

National Institute of Mental Health, 2013-2015
Advisor: Dietmar Plenz, PhD
Project: Investigated the correlations between neuronal avalanches and working memory function in non-human primates.

University of California, Berkeley, 2011-2013
Advisor: Yang Dan, PhD
Project: Studied connections between the basal forebrain and prefrontal cortex in awake mice, manipulating behavior in visual discrimination tasks using optogenetics.


Yu, S., Ribeiro, T. L., Meisel, C., Chou, S., Mitz, A., Saunders, R., Plenz, D. (2017). Maintained avalanche dynamics during task-induced changes of neuronal activity in nonhuman primates. Elife. 6: e27119.

Meeting Abstracts

S. Yu*, S. Chou, A. R. Mitz, R. Saunders, D. Plenz. Rate and size modulation of neuronal avalanches during motor and cognitive tasks in macaque monkeys. Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting 2014. Washington, DC. November 15–19, 2014.

S. Chou, S. Yu, D. Plenz. Exploring the Functional Role of Neuronal Avalanches in Monkeys Performing Visuomotor Mapping Task. NIMH 16th Annual Scientific Training Day. February 21, 2014.

S. Seshadri, T. Bellay, S. Chou, D. Plenz. Altered neuronal avalanches at the population and cell level in a rat model of schizophrenia. Computational and Systems Neuroscience (Cosyne) 2014. Salt Lake City, UT. February 27–March 1, 2014.


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