Carnegie Mellon University

David Braithwaite

David W. Braithwaite

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Psychology

  • 336A Baker Hall
  • 412-268-1837
Address 5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Bio

Mathematics learning; concepts; graphical representations; analogical transfer

Jon Fincham

Research Psychologist, Psychology

Address 5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Erez Freud

Special Faculty-Researcher, Psychology

Address 5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Davida Fromm

Davida Fromm

Research Psychologist, Psychology

Address 5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Bio

I am interested in how speech, language, and communication skills are affected by neurological impairments such as stroke and dementia. Working with Brian MacWhinney, I am involved in creating shared databases for research in these and other related areas. Using and improving computer-based tools for language transcription and analysis is also a big focus of my work.

Ryan Hope

Post Doctoral Associate, Psychology

Address 5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Timothy Keller

Timothy Keller

Senior Research Psychologist, Psychology

Address 5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Bio

Senior Research Associate with expertise in fMRI. He is working on all of the fMRI projects. He has just the right computational skills to deal with the intensive data processing associated with fMRI data, as well as neuroanatomical knowledge for data interpretation. His substantive interests are in working memory, language, and spatial thinking. His Ph.D. is from the University of Missouri. He was previously an NIMH Post-Doctoral Fellow for two years.

Christian Lebiere

Christian Lebiere

Research Psychologist, Psychology

Address 5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Bio

 

Gina Leckie

Post Doctoral Associate, Psychology

  • 340U Baker Hall
  • 412-268-6113
Address 5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Michael Martin

Senior Researcher, Psychology

Address 5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Robert Mason

Robert Mason

Senior Research Associate , Psychology

  • 327E Baker Hall
  • 412-268-3784
Address 5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Bio

My current research explores the cognitive and neural mechanisms through which scientific concepts are learned. I also developed a multiple cortical network theory of discourse processing with colleagues at the Center for Cognitive Brain Imaging (CCBI). My broader research program focuses on the interaction of learning, language and the brain during the instructional process. I use functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) and repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) to study cortical networks that subserve reading and learning. I have studied these networks in English speakers, bilinguals and individuals with autism. My Ph.D. is from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and I previously worked at the Learning Research & Development Center at the University of Pittsburgh.

Jake McMullen

Special Faculty, Psychology

  • 340T Baker Hall
Address 5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Masataka Nakayama

Staff, Psychology

  • 254T Baker Hall
Address 5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Aryn Pyke

Aryn Pyke

Postdoctoral Researcher, Psychology

Address 5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Bio

Learning, memory and representation: I am currently exploring these processes in the domain of mathematical cognition. For example, I have explored how factors like calculators and graphical representations impact math learning and transfer. I'm currently using brain imaging (fMRI) to gain insight about when and how learners bring visuo-spatial processes to bear during mathematical problem solving.

John Pyles

John Pyles

Research Scientist, Psychology

Address 5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Bio

My research focuses on how the brain perceives, processes and utilizes dynamic visual information. On a basic level I'm interested in how the brain can recognize and encode objects across motion and changes in shape from articulation. My work also focuses on the critical social information conveyed from the motion of human bodies and faces. How do we understand from motion how someone is happy or sad? How can we tell something is alive?
To answer these questions I use behavioral and neuroimaging techniques such as fMRI and diffusion imaging, and well as machine learning approaches in analysis of neuroimaging data. I also have an interest and expertise in advanced neuroimaging techniques and improving human neuroimaging methods.

Amanda Robinson

Post Doctoral Associate, Psychology

  • 330 Baker Hall
  • 412-268-4237
Address 5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Stephanie Siler

Stephanie Siler

Special Faculty Researcher, Psychology

Address 5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Ut Na Sio

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Psychology

Address 5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Robert Thomson

Robert Thomson

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Psychology

Address 5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Bio

I am interested in the nature of representations and processes implicated in spatial reasoning and perception. Specific topics of interest include: spatial problem solving, encoding of size and distance relations, and the nature of mental imagery codes. In addition, I am also interested in the kinds of representations implicated in working memory processes, and am involved in projects on anthropomorphic reasoning heuristics and understanding the role of sub-lexical properties in list recall. At CMU I am currently working on the ICArUS-Minds project, with the long-term goal of implementing parietal functionality within ACT-R.

Catarina Vales

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Psychology

  • 340U Baker Hall
  • 412-268-6113
Address 5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Meredith Van Vleet

Postdoctoral Researcher, Psychology

  • 340U Baker Hall
  • 412-268-6024
Address 5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Mark Vida

Postdoctoral Researcher, Psychology

  • 330 Baker Hall
  • 412-268-4237
Address 5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Daniella Villalba

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Psychology

  • 340T Baker Hall
Address 5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Jing Wang

Postdoctoral Associate, Psychology

  • 327M Baker Hall
  • 412-268-2185
Address 5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Jing Zhang

Staff, Psychology

  • 345G Baker Hall
Address 5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213