Josh Ortega

Josh Ortega

Graduate Student



Jonathan Schooler

Research Area

Cognition, Perception, and Cognitive Neuroscience


Josh graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in economics from Pepperdine University in 2020. He then joined Dr. Jonathan Schooler’s META lab at UC Santa Barbara, where he spent two years working as a research affiliate before starting his Ph.D. in the Fall of 2022.


Josh is interested in the psychological basis of creative ideation––specifically the extent to which various mental states (e.g., mind-wandering, dreaming) as well as certain activities (e.g., art viewing) can be mobilized to enhance creativity. He is also interested in the downstream effects these mental states and activities can have on well-being.