Research InterestsNathan is a graduate student in Kathleen McDermott’s Memory and Cognition Lab. He studies human memory and learning, with a focus on the use of neuroimaging to study mechanisms of long-term memory. He received a B.S. in Human Biology and a B.S. in Psychology from Michigan State University.
Caitlin is a student in Dr. Ryan Bogdan's Behavioral Research and Imaging Neurogenetics (BRAIN) Lab, where she uses multi-SNP/polygenic methods to investigate the neural correlates of risk for psychopathology, as well as comorbidity between psychiatric and substance use disorders.
Research InterestsHank is a graduate student in the McDermott lab. He received his B.S. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, working with Donita Robinson and Joseph Hopfinger. He uses fMRI to explore the underlying processes of autobiographical memory and laboratory-based memory. Hank is participating in the Cognitive, Computational, and Systems Neuroscience (CCSN) Pathway.
John is interested in evolutionary psychology as an approach to understanding the mind and behavior. How is the mind designed to generate behaviors that would have solved adaptive problems in an ancestral environment? While this approach can be applied to any domain, John finds religion, sexuality/mating, and morality particularly fascinating. Currently John is working on projects concerning male choosiness in short term mating contexts, environmental cues that humans track to determine ownership and property rights, evolutionary explanations for supernatural beliefs and religion, and morality as a system to avoid third party punishment.
Research InterestsShelly is a graduate student in the Cognitive Control & Psychopathology Lab with Dr. Todd Braver. She is interested in temporal and spatial differences in proactive vs. reactive control, and individual differences factors that dictate control strategy employment.
I'm generally interested in the mechanisms of cognitive control and goal-directed behavior. I've recently worked on a project that investigated the use of incentives on Stroop interference, as well as a project studying the context-specific proportion congruency effect. Over the coming years I also hope to explore topics in selective attention, emotion, and mind wandering in relation to control.
Michelle is a graduate student working with Dr. Jeffrey Zacks and Dr. Thomas Rodebaugh. She is interested in investigating the relationship between Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), information processing, memory, and prediction ability. For her dissertation, Michelle is studying whether there is an integrative prediction mechanism that drives prediction performance across tasks. Her dissertation also investigates whether PTSD affects prediction ability across task domains.
Lindsay is a student in Dr. Ryan Bogdan's Behavioral Research and Imaging Neurogenetics (BRAIN) Lab, which focuses on genetic and environmental predictors of psychopathology. Lindsay is particularly interested in factors that contribute to risk for mood disorders, like depression and bipolar disorder. She primarily studies how genetic variation may contribute to individual differences in brain function and structure that may then bias behavior in a way that confers liability to the development of these disorders. Research SpecializationBehavior Brain and Cognition
Toshi is interested in a wide range of human learning and memory topics, such as memory control, metacognition, reading comprehension, and category learning. The overarching goal of his research program is to formulate practical techniques that can improve educational instructions and increase efficacy in self-regulated learning. Questions driving his current projects include: Can category learning be enhanced by utilizing multiple-level category information? Can diversionary thoughts be utilized to enhance relearning? What is the best way to learn foreign language vocabularies?
I'm a student in Richard Abrams' Attention and Performance Laboratory. My research interests include visual attention and perception. Specifically, I am interested in how hand placement and body posture affect cognitive processes.
Broadly speaking I am interested in human memory and cognition, and, more specifically, questions at the intersection of memory and decision making. My current research focuses on three areas: (1) the cognitive and neural mechanisms that underlie adaptive bias in recognition memory decisions, (2) sequential dependencies in metamnemonic ratings, and (3) the role of goal attainment in pupillary dilation during recognition memory. To address questions on these topics I use a variety of cognitive and neuroscience methods including: behavioral measures, brain stimulation, eye tracking, brain imaging and statistical modeling.
Catherine is a graduate student working with Dr. Todd Braver. Her main research interests include using neuroimaging techniques to investigate the neural mechanism of different forms of training and intervention, and studying their effects on behavior, cognition and physiology in diverse population. Currently, her focus is on the neural correlates of mindfulness meditation and she hopes to incorporate genetics as part of her research to predict individual differences.
I am interested in the relationship between memory accuracy and confidence regarding this accuracy, specifically about when one can or cannot predict the other. I am also interested in metamemory judgments and collective memory.
I am a graduate student in Henry Roediger’s Memory Lab. My research interests include human learning and memory. I am specifically interested in the effects of testing on learning and retention of educational materials, as well as the relationship between our confidence and memory accuracy.
I am interested in visual attention - and more specifically how an individual's ability to interact with the environment affects his or her vision. For example, I investigate how one's body posture affects vision and cognition. In addition, I am interested in how interacting with objects affects how they are subsequently perceived.
Weidler, B. J. & Abrams, R. A. (in press). Enhanced cognitive control near the hands. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review
Weidler, B. J. & Abrams, R. A. (2013). Hand proximity—not arm posture—alters vision near the hands. Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, 75, 650-653. doi: 10.3758/s13414-013-0456-7
Weidler, B. J., Multhaup K. S., & Faust, M. E. (2012). Accountability reduces unconscious plagiarism. Applied Cognitive Psychology. 26, 626-634. doi: 10.1002/acp.2842
Andrew's primary research interests include motivation, cognitive control, and decision-making. In particular, he is interested in cognitive effort: how people decide to expend effort, factors influencing that decision, and the neural substrate of effort-based decision-making.
Research SpecializationBehavior Brain and CognitionResearch Interests
I am a graduate student working with Dr. Todd Braver, interested in researching the neural mechanisms underlying the interactions between motivation, decision-making, and goal directed behavior. Specifically, I am interested in understanding how people are motivated to pursue challenging temporally extended goals, and applying computational methods and models to better understand these mechanisms from neural and behavioral perspectives.
I am serving on the diversity committee because I want to increase awareness of and contribute to systemic changes that will increase the diversity within academic departments and STEM fields. I am especially passionate about breaking the glass ceiling in leadership positions for women and minorities, and I advocate for reaching out to young students to engender a diverse generation of future scientists.
Yu-Hua is a member of the Learning and Behavior lab, under the direction of Leonard Green. Yu-Hua is participating in the Cognitive, Computational, and Systems Neuroscience (CCSN) Pathway. He is interested in choice and decision-making in humans and other animals. His current projects examine individual differences in choice and decision making. Those studies will facilitate our understanding about impulsivity, which is of clinical importance, and how it relates to risk taking.
Christopher is a graduate student in the Memory & Cognition Lab with Kathleen McDermott. His main interests are in human memory and learning, which he studies using a combination of behavioral and neuroimaging techniques. He is also interested in how we use memory to construct and envision future scenarios. He received his B.Sc. from Truman State University in 2015.