John Nadra

PhD Student

University of California, Davis


John Nadra is a graduate student working with Dr. George Ron Mangun at the Center for Mind and Brain analyzing the neural mechanisms of attention in various capacities. The research conducted at Mangun Laboratory utilizes EEG and fMRI to analyze event related potentials and BOLD signals, conduct spectral analysis, decode neural oscillations, and employ machine learning methods. Within this work, he is currently focused on investigating how self-generated momentary intentions in the absence of cues initiate voluntary attention orienting.

In his spare time, he enjoys playing video games, reading books and playing with his cat, Deku.


  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Attention
  • Consciousness


  • PhD in Psychology, Ongoing

    University of California, Davis

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, 2019

    Sonoma State University



Graduate Student Researcher

Laboratory for Neural Mechanisms of Attention

Jul 2019 – Present University of California, Davis
Responsibilities include:

  • Analyzing data
  • Crafting experiments

Research Assistant

Bengson Laboratory

Aug 2017 – May 2019 Sonoma State University
Responsibilities included:

  • Leading cognitive neuroscience studies
  • Analyzing complex datasets