Here is Wilma's Curriculum Vitae. Please contact her directly for a more formal version of her CV.


Massachusetts Institute of Technology
(2011 - 2016) PhD in Brain and Cognitive Sciences

University of Tokyo
(2010 - 2011) Visiting research exchange student

Yale University
(2005 - 2010) BA in Cognitive Science (focus in Artificial Intelligence), summa cum laude, distinction in the major


Laboratory of Brain and Cognition, National Institute of Mental Health
(2016 - ) Postdoc; Adviser: Chris Baker

Computational Perception & Cognition Laboratory, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
(2011 - 2016) PhD Student; Adviser: Aude Oliva
              Neuroscience (fMRI) and psychophysics of memorability and object perception.
              Refer to: Bainbridge et al. (2013). The intrinsic memorability of face images.

Jouhou System Kougaku Laboratory, the University of Tokyo
(2010 - 2011) Visiting Research Student; Adviser: Masayuki Inaba
             Methodologies for human biosignal measurement in human-robot interactions
             Cultural comparison of Japanese and US humanoid robotics research perspectives
             Refer to: Bainbridge et al. (2012). A methodological outline... of sensor-based biosignal measurement in human-robot interaction.

Social Robotics Laboratory, Yale University
(2005 - 2010) Undergraduate Research Student; Adviser: Brian Scassellati
             Effect of presence on human-robot interaction
             Senior thesis on generating artificially intelligent Facebook profiles
             Refer to: Bainbridge et al. (2010). The benefits of interactions with physically present robots over video-displayed agents.

Visual Neuroscience Laboratory, Yale University
(2007 - 2010) Undergraduate Research Student; Adviser: Marvin Chun
             Neural mechanisms of memory updating and forgetting (with Brice Kuhl)
             Attention and perception of multiple visual objects (with Yaoda Xu)
             Refer to: Kuhl, Bainbridge, & Chun. (2012) Neural reactivation reveals mechanisms for updating memory.

Laboratory of Neuropsychology, National Institutes of Mental Health
(Summer 2008, 2009) Summer Research Intern; Adviser: Richard Saunders and Mortimer Mishkin
             Effect of muscarinic receptor antagonists on the visual short term memory of rhesus macaques
             Refer to: Janita Turchi, Richard C. Saunders, Mortimer Mishkin. Effects of Cholinergic Deafferentation of the Rhinal Cortex on Visual Recognition Memory in Monkeys. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Vol. 102, No. 6 (Feb. 8, 2005), pp. 2158-2161.

Comparative Cognition Laboratory, Yale University
(2006 - 2007) Undergraduate Research Student; Adviser: Laurie Santos
             Cognitive dissonance in capuchin monkeys (with Louisa Egan)
              Refer to: Louisa C. Egan, Laurie R. Santos, Paul Bloom. The Origins of Cognitive Dissonance: Evidence From Children and Monkeys. Psychological Science, Vol. 18, No. 11 (2007), p. 978-983.

Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory, University of Maryland College Park
(2004) High School Research Intern; Adviser: Douglas Oard
             Created the computer interface for the Multilingual Access to Large Spoken Archives (MALACH) project that can generate a searchable map and timeline for each of the over 52,000 people in the Shoah Visual History Archive.
              Refer to: Bainbridge et al. (2005) An interface to search human movements based on geographic and chronological metadata.


Please refer to my publications page.

Teaching & Work Experience

MIT Middle East Education through Technology (MEET) Summer Program
(Summer 2016) Technology Instructor; MIT-MEET Website

Introduction to Psychology (9.00), Massachusetts Institute of Technology
(Spring 2016) Teaching Assistant; Professor: John Gabrieli

Introduction to Psychology (9.00), Massachusetts Institute of Technology
(Spring 2015) Teaching Assistant; Professor: John Gabrieli

Functional MRI of the Human Brain (9.71), Massachusetts Institute of Technology
(Fall 2013) Teaching Assistant; Professor: Nancy Kanwisher

Laboratory in Visual Cognition (9.63), Massachusetts Institute of Technology
(Fall 2012) Teaching Assistant; Professor: Aude Oliva

English for Engineers and Scientists, University of Tokyo Engineering
(2010 - 2011) Teaching Assistant; Professor: Kumiko Morimura

English Tutor for Japanese businesspeople (Tokyo)
(2010 - 2011) Company: ICHWay

English Tutor for Japanese businesspeople (Kyoto)
(2008 - 2009) Company: Foreign Instructors Center of Japan

The Center for Hellenic Studies, Harvard University
(2005 - 2007) Summer Library Assistant

Awards & Fellowships

OHBM 2016 Merit Abstract Award
(2016) For "Spatial and Temporal Signatures of Memorability in the Brain"

Walle Nauta Award for Continuing Dedication to Teaching
(2016) For teaching assistantships at the MIT Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences

Best Poster Prize, CSAIL Student Workshop
(2014) For "Memory at first sight -- Patterns of memorability in the human brain"

Angus MacDonald Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, MIT
(2013) For teaching assistantship in Laboratory in Visual Cognition (9.63)

Best Poster Prize, CSAIL Student Workshop
(2013) For "The intrinsic memorability of face photographs"

Best Poster Prize, ENS/INRIA Visual Recognition and Machine Learning Summer School
(2013) For "Modifying the memorability of face photographs"

National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate Fellowship (NDSEG)
(2012 - 2015) In Cognitive, Neural, and Behavioral Sciences.

National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship
(2012) Offered Award (but declined). In Psychology - Cognitive Neuroscience.

Norman B. Leventhal Presidential Fellowship, MIT
(2011 - 2012) Year of funding for PhD research at MIT

Fox International Fellowship
(2010 - 2011) Full-funding for year long research at the University of Tokyo as a Visiting Exchange Student

Gordon Grand Fellowship, Yale University
(2010 - 2011) Additional full-funding for year long research at the University of Tokyo

Richard U. Light Fellowship, Yale University
(2008 - 2009) For year-long Japanese study at the Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies (Columbia University & Kyoto University).

Richard U. Light Fellowship, Yale University
(Summer 2007) For summer Japanese study at Princeton in Ishikawa (Princeton University).

First Place, The Mid-Atlantic ADA Center's Web Accessibility Award
(2004) For my work on a video game glitch database website, the Center for Glitch Studies

Organizations & Honors

Language Conversation Exchange (LCE) Coordinator, MIT
(2016) Graduate Community Fellow. An organization to arrange language exchanges and promote foreign language learning at MIT.

Brain and Cognitive Science Graduate Advocates, MIT
(2014 - 2016) Co-founder and chairmember. An organization to promote graduate student advocacy and community in the department.

Yale Alumni Schools Committee
(2014 - ) Undergraduate Applications Interviewer

MIT GradRat (Official MIT Graduate Ring Organization)
(2012 - 2016) Committee member, co-chair of the organization from 2014.

Sigma Xi (scientific research society)
(2012) Associate Member of the MIT Chapter

Phi Beta Kappa (honors society)
(2009) Member of the Yale Chapter, second recruitment

Psi Chi (psychologyhonors society)
(2008) Member of the Yale Chapter

The Light Fellowship Student Advisory Committee
(2009 - 2010) Secretary of the committee

The Yale Japanese American Students Union
(2006 - 2010) Member. Social chair from 2006 - 2008.

The Yale Film Society
(2005 - 2010) Member. Executive Board from 2006 - 2009, Treasurer for 2009

Silver Quill Literary Magazine, Montgomery Blair High School
(2003 - 2005) Member. Arts editor for 2003 - 2004, Editor-in-Chief for 2004 - 2005. Magazine winner of several national awards.

Other Skills & Activities

CPR AED Trained
(2016 -) Certified for CPR by the American Heart Association

Wilton Cake Decoration certification
(2015) Have completed all courses of the Wilton School of Cake Decoration

Non-human primates research
(2007 - 2009) Trained and certified for research with capuchins and rhesus macaques.

TIPS International Bartending License
(2010 -) Trained as a bartender for Yale University reunion events and the MIT Thirsty Ear Pub

Languages: Japanese (fluent), French (high intermediate, 4 years), Korean (intermediate, 3 years), Mandarin (high beginner, 2 years), Modern Standard Arabic (middle beginner, 1 year), Spanish (<1 year), American Sign Language (<1 year).

Reviewed for: Journal of Neuroscience; NeuroImage; Cerebral Cortex; Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics; Neuropsychologia (Outstanding Reviewer Status); Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition; Cognition; Psychonomic Bulletin & Review; British Journal of Psychology; ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction

Programming: Java, MATLAB, LISP, Perl, HTML, Prolog, Scheme, Pascal, BASIC, studying Python.

Software: prefers BrainVoyager but can use SPM and FSL. Brainstorm, SPSS, Solidworks, Microsoft Office