Hector Arciniega

Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Harvard Medical School
Headshot photo of Hector Arciniega
Graduating class of Spring 2020


Hector Arciniega received his Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience from the University of Nevada, Reno. While an undergraduate student, he worked with Dr. Marian Berryhill studying the neural correlates of visual working memory and attempting to identify executive function deficits in people with a history of concussions. Hector also worked with Dr. Anne Leonard studying bee behavior associated with pollen and nectar foraging. Currently, Hector is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Nevada, Reno. His central research question is to understand working memory deficits in special populations. His research program is centered on a translational approach as part of his long-term goal is to develop interventions to mitigate cognitive impairment. Hector’s dissertation project investigates the time course of recovery and degree of rehabilitation from concussion using behavioral, neuropsychological, EEG, and rs-fMRI approaches. Hector is also the recipient of the NIH Blueprint Diversity Specialized Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Advancement in Neuroscience (D-SPAN) Award (F99/K00).


  • B.S., Neuroscience, Minor in Psychology, Minor/Certificate in Gerontology, University of Nevada, Reno, 2015
  • Ph.D., Integrative Neuroscience, Advisor Marian Berryhill, Ph.D., 2020

Selected publications

  • Peterson, D.J., Gurariy, G., Dimotsantos, G., Arciniega, H., Berryhill, M.E. & Caplovitz, G.P. (2014). Frequency tagging the items encoded into visual working memory. Neuropsychologia, 6C3, 145-153. DOI: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2014.08.020. PMCID: PMC4194158.
  • Peterson, D. J., Gözenman, F., Arciniega, H., Berryhill, M. E. (2015). Contralateral delay activity tracks the influence of Gestalt grouping principles on active visual working memory representations. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 77(7), 2270-2283. doi:10.3758/s13414-015-0929-y
  • Arciniega H., Gözenman F, Jones K.T., Stephens J.A. and Berryhill M.E. (2018). Frontoparietal tDCS benefits visual working memory in older adults with low working memory capacity. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience. 10:57. doi:10.3389/fnagi.2018.00057
  • Arciniega, H., Kilgore-Gomez, A., Harris, A., Peterson, D. J., McBride, J., Fox, E., & Berryhill, M. E. (2019). Visual working memory deficits in undergraduates with a history of mild traumatic brain injury. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics. doi.org/10.3758/s13414-019-01774-9
  • Jones K.T., Arciniega H., and Berryhill M.E. (2019). Replacing tDCS with theta tACS provides selective, but not general WM benefits. Brain Research. doi.org/10.1016/j.brainres.2019.146324