Farah Nikhath Bader

Farah Nikhath Bader

Farah Nikhath Bader

Graduate Research Assistant

Time perception, Error monitoring, Feedback, Reinforcement Learning

Farah holds a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology from Emory University and Master's in Public Health (M.P.H) from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Farah has worked in a variety of academic, military, and government lab settings and has studied a diverse array of neuroscience topics. At the National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke, she investigated changes in firing patterns in the rodent basal ganglia circuit with altered dopamine states. At the United States Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense, she administered behavioral tests to assess poisoning by organophosphorus nerve agents and to investigate the impact of antidotes such as oximes and atropine sulfate. She also evaluated cortical recordings to detect seizure activity in guinea pigs. Prior to starting her PhD, she worked for the Fogarty International Center at National Institute of Health (NIH) as a global health analyst and reported on grantee outcomes and accomplishments to federal and non-federal stakeholders and provided scientific, technical, and budgetary analysis for a portfolio of grants.

At George Mason University, she is a fourth-year PhD student in Dr. Martin Wiener's lab. Her research explores the impact of feedback on time perception and evaluates how reinforcement learning (RL) alters the temporal perception of visual time durations using simultaneous fMRI-EEG recordings. She aims to better understand the neurophysiological and neuroanatomical correlates of timing errors along with recognition of how these errors are corrected and how we learn from errors in timing. Additionally, she has an interest in elucidating the impairments in perceptual timing in traumatic brain injury patients compared to healthy controls. 




Selected Publications

Bader F,Kochen WR,Kraus M,Wiener M. The dissociation of 
temporal processing behavior in concussion patients:
Stable motor and dynamic perceptual timing.Cortex.2019
May 7;119:215-230

Wiener M,Zhou W,Bader F,Joiner WM. Movement Improves the
Quality of Temporal Perception and Decision-Making. eNeuro.
2019 Aug 20;6(4)

Courses Taught

Psych 317:Cognitive Psychology (Instructor)

Neur335:Molecular, Developmental & Systems Neuroscience (Grading TA)

Neur411:When Good Neurons Go Bad (Grading TA)


Emory University, Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology

Johns Hopkins University, Master's in Public Health (M.P.H)