Brandon Barakat
Brandon K. Barakat, Ph.D.
Scientist
Human Factors & Industrial Engineering
  • Phoenix

Dr. Barakat has expertise in human perception, including visual, auditory, and tactile perception, as well as expertise in human cognition, including learning, memory, and age-related changes in cognition. In his research, he has employed a wide range of methodological approaches, including but not limited to psychophysical methods, brain imaging, and tests of attention, memory, and sensory processing.

Dr. Barakat received a Ph.D. in Psychology, with an emphasis in Cognitive Neuroscience, in 2014. His research focused on interactions between human cognitive and perceptual processes, including how certain cognitive functions, such as learning, attention, and reaction time, can be influenced by an individual’s sensory experience. As a graduate student, Dr. Barakat taught sections for undergraduate courses in behavioral neuroscience, human perception, and research methodology.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), 2014
  • M.A., Psychology, California State University, Fullerton, 2009
  • B.A., Psychology, California State University, Fullerton, 2007
  • UCLA Department of Psychology Dissertation Year Fellowship, 2013–2014

    UCLA Brain Research Institute Neuroscience Graduate Travel Award, 2013

    UCLA Department of Psychology Conference Travel Grant, 2012

    UCLA Graduate Summer Research Mentorship, 2011

    UCLA Graduate Summer Research Mentorship, 2010

    UCLA Distinguished University Fellowship, 2009–2010

    CSUF Undergraduate Conference Travel Award, 2007

    CSUF FDC Faculty-Student Research Grant, 2006

Publications

Crump C, Cades D, Rauschenberger R, Hildebrand E, Schwark J, Barakat B, Young D. Driver reactions in a vehicle with collision warning and mitigation technology. SAE Technical Paper 2015-01-1411, 2015. doi:10.4271/2015-01-1411.

Patel UJ, Barakat BK, Romero R, Apodaca D, Hellige JB, Cherry BJ. Interhemispheric collaboration during digit and dot number-matching in younger and older adults. Neuropsychology 2014; in press.

Barakat BK, Seitz AR, Shams L. The effect of statistical learning on internal stimulus representations: Predictable items are enhanced even when not predicted. Cognition 2013; 129:205–211.

Cherry BJ, Weiss, J., Barakat BK, Rutledge DN, Jones CJ. Physical performance as a predictor of attention and processing speed in fibromyalgia. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2009; 90:2066–2073.

Conference Presentations

Barakat BK, Seitz AR, Shams L. Visual rhythm perception improves through multisensory (but not unisensory) training. Poster presented at 43rd Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, San Diego, CA, November 2013.

Barakat BK, Seitz AR, Shams L. There is more to statistical learning than associative learning: Predictable items are enhanced even when not predicted. Poster presented at Vision Sciences Society 12th Annual Meeting, Naples, FL, May 2012.

Vardanyan T, Brookhart S, Apodaca D, Barakat BK, Romero R, Goode T, Patel UJ, Hellige JB, Cherry BJ. Aging and interhemispheric collaboration: Digits and Dots. Poster presented at Cognitive Aging Conference, Atlanta, GA, April 2008.

Miyahara E, Lopez C, Barakat BK, Martin B, Seal S. The effect of hearing behaviors on auditory thresholds. Poster presented at the 88th Annual Convention of the Western Psychological Association, Irvine, CA, April 2008.

Barakat BK, Norga V, Christian T, Miyahara E. Hearing behavior and auditory thresholds. Poster presented at the 19th Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science, Washington, DC, May 2007.


Professional Affiliations

Society for Neuroscience

Vision Sciences Society

Association for Psychological Science

Knowledge

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), 2014
  • M.A., Psychology, California State University, Fullerton, 2009
  • B.A., Psychology, California State University, Fullerton, 2007
  • UCLA Department of Psychology Dissertation Year Fellowship, 2013–2014

    UCLA Brain Research Institute Neuroscience Graduate Travel Award, 2013

    UCLA Department of Psychology Conference Travel Grant, 2012

    UCLA Graduate Summer Research Mentorship, 2011

    UCLA Graduate Summer Research Mentorship, 2010

    UCLA Distinguished University Fellowship, 2009–2010

    CSUF Undergraduate Conference Travel Award, 2007

    CSUF FDC Faculty-Student Research Grant, 2006