I am currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Psychology and the Institute of Mind and Biology at the University of Chicago in Ed Awh and Ed Vogel’s cognitive neuroscience lab. I study attention and working memory using EEG, eye-tracking, and behavioral techniques. I am particularly interested in how these processes overlap, interact, and change over time.

I completed a dual bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Spanish at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). At UIUC, I did research on cultural differences in visual cognition  in Daniel Simons’ visual cognition lab. I also wrote an honors thesis in Spanish about Pedro Almodovar‘s films with Eduardo Ledesma .


Hakim, N., Adam, K. C. S., Gunseli, E., Awh, E., & Vogel, E. K. (in press). Dissecting the neural focus of attention reveals distinct processes for spatial attention and object-based storage in visual working memory. Psychological Science. (Link to BioRxiv preprint)

Hakim, N., & Vogel, E.K. (2018). Phase-coding memories in mind. PLOS Biology 16(8): e3000012. (Link to PDF)

Hakim, N., Simons, D. J., Zhao, H., & Wan, X. (2017). Do easterners and westerners differ in visual cognition? a preregistered examination of three visual cognition tasks. Social Psychological and Personality Science8(2), 142-152. (Link to PDF)

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nhakim [at] uchicago [dot] edu