Blake Miranda

Jr. Research Specialist
Office: 1413 Biological Sciences III
Phone: (949) 824-0314


Blake Miranda graduated with a B.S in Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of California, Irvine; he began working as an undergraduate in the lab of Dr. Jodi Anne Quas, interviewing children with a known history of maltreatment with the goal of developing reliable interventions for reducing aggressive behaviors. In 2016, he joined the lab of Dr. Michael Yassa also as an undergraduate, assisting staff and researchers in their individual projects. He has additionally worked for the university in a variety of academic and clinical roles, and has gained experience as a teaching assistant, a behavioral therapist, managing teams of undergraduates, and coordinating clinical trials. He joins Yassa Lab as a specialist with the mission of applying his clinical experience towards researching memory disorders and associated neuropathologies.

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Awards & Honors:

2014-2018: Dean’s List (UC Irvine)

2016-2018: Undergraduate Research Opportunities Fellow (UC Irvine)


Miranda, B., Cathcart, E., Dickerson, K., & Quas, J. (2018) Aggression and prosociality in maltreated children. Presented at Cognitive Science Thesis Poster Symposium, Irvine, CA.

Miranda, B., Cortez, C., Dickerson, K., & Quas, J. (2017) Self-perceptions and generosity in maltreated adolescents. Presented at the Western Psychological Association’s Annual Conference, Sacramento, CA.

Le, J., Hansen, M., Miranda, B., Hatamian, N. & Crowder, C. (2017) Visuo-spatial memory on a navigation task. Presented at Experimental Psychology Research Symposium, Irvine, CA.

Hansen, M., Miranda, B., Le, J., Hatamian, N., & Crowder, C. (2016) An investigation of personality on task performance. Presented at Experimental Psychology Research Symposium, Irvine, CA.