Derek J. Huffman

Assistant Professor

Office: Davis Science Center 303 [ campus map ]
Phone: 207-859-5568
Fax: 207-859-5555
Huffman, Derek J.


Ph.D. in Neurobiology and Behavior, 2010-2016
University of California, Irvine
Dissertation: A functional, behavioral, and model-based investigation of human visual memory

B.S. in Psychology, with emphasis in Cognitive Psychology, 2006-2008
University of California, San Diego
Minor: Chemistry

Associate of Arts, 2004-2006
Orange Coast College

Areas of Expertise

  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Spatial Cognition
  • Navigation
  • Memory
  • Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)
  • Electroencephalography (EEG)
  • Virtual Reality (VR)

Courses Currently Teaching

CourseCourse Title
PS111 AIntroduction to Psychology
PS233 ABiological Basis of Behavior
PS244 ACognitive Neuroscience
PS358 ASeminar in Cognitive Neuroscience
PS359 ACollaborative Research in Cognitive Neuroscience

Professional Information

Postdoctoral Scholar, 2016-2020
Center for Neuroscience, University of California, Davis

Research Assistant, 2009-2010
University of Southern California

Current Research

My research program is focused on studying the ways in which we learn and remember information about the world around us, with an emphasis on spatial cognition. My lab aims to find converging evidence across a variety of approaches, including real-world behavioral tasks, virtual reality, EEG, and fMRI. We also use computational techniques (e.g., machine learning, multivariate analysis, modeling) to analyze the human brain and behavior.

For more information and for a list of my publications, please see our lab website:
Huffman Spatial Cognition Lab


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