Michael Brito

Admission Year:

B.A. in Psychology, University of California Santa Barbara, 2014


Admission year: 2016

Advisor: George Mashour

Current project: My current work utilizes high-density EEG to examine the effect of ketamine on neural signal diversity at anesthetic and subanesthetic doses in rodents, primates, and humans. 

Other interests: My principal interests are in how the brain integrates, or "binds", information to generate conscious experience. I am also interested in how these cognitive processes are disrupted under general anesthesia and other altered states of consciousness.

Teaching experience: Graduate Student Instructor for Human Neuropsychology (PSY 345)

Honors, grants & awards: Rackham Merit Fellow, SPINES Fellow

Service & leadership: Mentoring Youth and Early Leaders in Neuroscience (MYELIN), Graduate/Undergraduate Mentorship in Biology (GUMB), Special Olympics Michigan 

Career Goals: I hope to one day become a tenured professor and leader in the study of consciousness. Through my work, I hope I can become a mentor and an example for first-generation students and aspiring academics from low-income backgrounds. 

Hobbies: When I'm not thinking about consciousness, I enjoy playing the upright and electric bass, camping, hiking, and meditating.