Luke Rosedahl

PhD Student in Dynamical Neuroscience


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About Me

I hail from Minnesota, where I graduated from the University of Minnesota: Twin Cities (Go Gophers!) in 2015 with a Bachelor of Biomedical Engineering: Neural Engineering (magna cum laude).

Currently, I am out in sunny Santa Barbara pursuing my PhD in Dynamical Neuroscience and working in the labs of Greg Ashby and Miguel Eckstein studying the neural systems behind human category learning and visual search tasks. For a more details, check out my Current Research page!

In my spare time, I enjoy reading, hiking, dancing (West Coast Swing, Ballroom, and recently Ballet), surfing, tennis, and general exploring.

Previous Research

I have had the opportunity to do research with a lot of great people! From my first research experience as a Biomedical Engineering undergraduate with Matthew Johnson at the University of Minnesota working on a neurosurgical navigation package to a summer working with Andrew Schwartz at the University of Pittsburgh working on robotic arm control and on to graduate school, I have worked with some amazing researchers and learned a lot from them! Interested? Look at my Previous Research page!


While taking classes and tutoring at a community college my junior and senior years of high school, I met a lot of dedicated, talented, hardworking people. Unfortunately, the community college environment often doesn't introduce students to research opportunities and therefore many never get involved. Through programs such as Condor Techs here at UCSB, I seek to increase community college student access to research. I also work to recruit incoming freshmen to research through the SIMS program.

I also volunteer as an answerer for the UCSB ScienceLine program, where I write answers to scientific reseach questions from local teachers and students at K-12 schools.

Check out the pictures and more detailed description on my Outreach page!

Other Activities

Starting in July of 2016 I have been serving as the Vice President of Budget and Finance for UCSB's Graduate Student Association to aid in the development of the graduate student community here at UCSB. I have enjoyed the position so much that I ran and was re-elected for 2017-2018, 2018-2019, and now my fourth (and final) year of 2019-2020. Here is to another year of community building!


Rosedahl, L. & Ashby, F. G. (In Press). A Difficulty Predictor for Perceptual Category Learning Journal of Vision pdf

Rosedahl, L., Eckstein, M.P., & Ashby, F. G. (2018). Retinal-Specific Category Learning Nature Human Behavior 1 pdf

Rosedahl, L. & Ashby, F. G. (2018). A New Stimulus Set for Cognitive Research PsyArXiv pdf Code:

Ashby, F. G., & Rosedahl, L. (2017). A neural interpretation of exemplar theory. Psychological Review. 124(4), 472-482. pdf


Rosedahl, L. (2019). Category Learning and the Brain. Presented at: UCSB 2019 GradSlam Semi-Final Round. April 16th, 2019. Santa Barbara, CA.

Rosedahl, L. (2019). How did I know that? Category Learning and the Brain. Presented at: UCSB Lunch and Learn. January 18th, 2019. Santa Barbara, CA.

Rosedahl, L. & F. Gregory Ashby (2018). A Neural Interpretation of Exemplar Theory. Presented at: Math Psych. July 21st-24th, 2018. Madison, WI. pdf

Rosedahl, L. Grado, L. Johnson, M. (2015). Open Source System for Controlling Microelectrode Depth Within Subcortical Brain Structures. Presented at: BMES Annual Meeting. October 7th-10th, 2015. Tampa, FL.


A Trained Eye by Sonia Fernandez. UCSB The Current: August 15, 2018.


Rosedahl L, Eckstein, M, & Ashby, F.G. Visual-Field Specific Category Learning
Presented at: Cognitive Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting; March 25th-28th, 2017; San Francisco, CA

Pena E, Rosedahl L, et al. Phase-amplitude coupling heterogeneity in the parkinsonian sensorimotor cortex.
Presented at: Movement Disorder Society International Congress; June 14-18, 2015; San Diego, CA.

Rosedahl L, Johnson M. Open-Source System for Independent Control of Microelectrodes within the Brain.
Presented at: Minnesota Neuromodulation Symposium; April 17th, 2015. Minneapolis, MN

Rosedahl L. Neurosurgical Planning Software with Multi-Electrode Mapping Capabilities.
Presented at: Institute for Engineering in Medicine Retreat; September 22nd, 2014. Minneapolis, MN.

Rosedahl L, Kanning T, et al. Gaze Controlled Robotic Arm.
Presented at: Biomedical Engineering Design Show; May 7th, 2014. Minneapolis, MN


NSF Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide (GROW)
Amsterdam, Netherlands. Summer 2019

Fellowships, Scholarships, and Awards

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

University of California Santa Barbara Regent's Graduate Fellowship

Sage Center for the Study of the Mind Graduate Fellowship

University of Minnesota Maroon and Gold Leadership Scholarship

Thomas J. Watson Memorial Scholarship

Sons of Norway: Kristiania Lodge Scholarship

Lemberg Engineering Freshman Scholarship

For more background, check out my CV or LinkedIn

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