Steven J. Luck, Ph.D.

Steven J. Luck, Ph.D.

UC Davis Center for Mind & Brain, Professor, UC Davis Department of Psychology
UC Davis Center for Mind & Brain
267 Cousteau Place
Davis, California 95618



Phone:  530-752-3025

Dr. Luck’s research consists of three interconnect themes.  One strand of research focuses on understanding attention and working memory in typically developing individuals across the lifespan. Dr. Luck has recently shown that individual differences in the capacity of working memory in adults are strongly predictive of differences in overall intellectual function, and that this system undergoes a rapid period of development during infancy.  A second strand of research focuses on understanding cognitive deficits in atypically developing children and in adults with neurological and psychiatric disorders.  The goal of this work is to determine the specific cognitive and neural systems that are impaired so that targeted treatments can be developed.  The final strand of work in Dr. Luck’s lab focuses on developing and promoting the use of state-of-the-art methods for recording electrical activity from the human brain, which are particularly useful for monitoring cognitive processes in preverbal infants and very young children.  In addition to serving on the MIND Institute faculty, Dr. Luck is the director of the UC Davis Center for Mind & Brain. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Society of Experimental Psychologists, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and he is the winner of many prestigious awards, including the Troland Award from the National Academy of Sciences.


B.A., Reed College, Psychology, 1986
M.S., University of California, San Diego Neurosciences, 1989
Ph.D., University of California, San Diego Neurosciences, 1993