Carnegie Mellon University

Deon Benton

Deon Benton

Graduate Student, Psychology

  • 455 Wing Baker Hall
Address
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

I am interested in early object categorization and how, among other things, infants utilize sources of motion to distinguish between different ontological kinds (i.e., animate and inanimate objects). Understanding how and when infants make this distinction is an important ability not least because it is one way infants encode experience and learn about the world around them.

Krista Bond

Krista Bond

Graduate Student, Psychology

  • 436 Wing Baker Hall
Address
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Even given sparse and ambiguous teaching signals, learners can extract statistical structure to form flexible representations, enabling them to quickly solve novel problems. I want to develop biologically constrained models of behavior to clarify how inductive inference informs adaptive action selection. I’m also interested in curiosity-driven exploration.

Advisor: Tim Verstynen

Benjamin Chernoff

Benjamin Chernoff

Graduate Student, Psychology

Address
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

I am interested in the causal role of inferior frontal gyrus (IFG) connectivity for sentence production. To examine this, I use functional and structural MRI, direct electrical stimulation (DES), and neuropsychological assessment to longitudinally study the contribution of different pathways to the IFG in neurosurgery patients, with a particular focus on the Frontal Aslant Tract (FAT).

Advisor:  Brad Mahon

Brian Chin

Brian Chin

Graduate Student, Psychology

  • 455 Wing Baker Hall
Address
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

The link between social relationships, stress, and health outcomes; resilience and stress-buffering effects of mindfulness training; neural mechanisms and changes involved in mindfulness; potential for mindfulness to buffer social stress.

Elliot Collins

Elliot Collins

Graduate Student, Psychology

  • 455 Wing Baker Hall
Address
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

My chief research interest is neuroplasticity in the cognitive domain, that is, how do changes in the brain map on to changes in cognitive behavior. In the setting of human vision, I use functional and structural neuroimaging techniques to probe the dynamic interaction of the brain and environment. My interests also include the fields of neurological and psychiatric disease research.

Anita Delahay

Anita Delahay

Graduate Student, Psychology

  • 455 Wing Baker Hall
Address
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

I am interested in how teaching and learning interventions based in cognitive science can improve educational outcomes, and how the implementation of educational technologies can improve access to quality instructional materials and methods.

Phoebe Dinh

Phoebe Dinh

Graduate Student, Psychology

  • 455 Wing Baker Hall
Address
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

My current questions lie at the nexus between Cognitive Science and Philosophy of Science, and center on mechanistic explanations as a subset of the greater family of causal explanations. Do we indeed have a bias toward mechanism as the basis for explanations, especially in the sciences? What do we do in cases where mechanisms are simply unavailable to our investigation (a prominent example in this case is gravity)?  The invention of scientific measurements and theoretical constraints are my other branch of inquiry.

Advisors: David Rakison & David Danks

Cassondra Eng

Cassondra Eng

Graduate Student, Psychology

  • 455 Wing Baker Hall
Address
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

I am interested in attentional processes and the corresponding brain behavior associations.  I am particularly interested in selective sustained attention as a foundation for efficient information processing capabilities in childhood, and the role attention plays in the acquisition of new knowledge.

Pierre Gianferrara

Pierre Gianferrara

Graduate Student, Psychology

Address
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

My main research goal is to uncover the neural and cognitive mechanisms of motor skill acquisition. To do so, I chose to focus my research on the roles of action timing and sensorimotor synchronization in video game learning. My end goal is to develop better computational models that would be applicable in the realm of human-computer interaction and robotics.

Advisor: John Anderson

Sandrine Girard

Sandrine Girard

Graduate Student, Psychology

  • 455 Wing Baker Hall
Address
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

My research interests are the effects of language and cognition on each other, bilingualism, language acquisition

Michael Granovetter

Michael Granovetter

Graduate Student, Psychology

Address
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

I study the neural mechanisms underlying perceptual processing of environmental stimuli, with a long-term interest in understanding how these mechanisms are disrupted in individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders. I am currently researching changes in the visual system in pediatric patients who have undergone partial hemispherectomies to further understand the basis and driving forces of neural plasticity.

Advisor: Marlene Behrmann

Emily Keebler

Emily Keebler

Graduate Student, Psychology

  • 455 Wing Baker Hall
Address
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

I am interested in the development of attention regulation and in applying this knowledge to educational domains.  Currently I am completing a project on how visual embellishments affect category learning for preschool-aged children; I also am working collaboratively to refine a task that measures sustained selective attention in young children.

Jaeah Kim

Jaeah Kim

Graduate Student, Psychology

  • 455 Wing Baker Hall
Address
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

I am interested in the development of attention in the child brain, and how it supports learning (e.g., category learning). To this goal, I am working to combine NIRS imaging with novel behavioral paradigms to understand its neural and cognitive bases. I am also interested in the development of resting state networks and their involvement in supporting attention.

Timothy Murphy

Timothy Murphy

Graduate Student, Psychology

Address
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

My research interests revolve around the learning processes involved in speech and reading, particularly in how the learning of speech sounds impacts future reading aptitude. Ultimately, I hope to develop techniques which can identify how reading abnormalities specific to an individual arise.

Advisor:  Lori Holt

Jeanean Naqvi

Jeanean Naqvi

Graduate Student, Psychology

  • 455 Wing Baker Hall
Address
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

My research interests center around the relationship between patients with a chronic physical illness (e.g. diabetes, cancer) and their spouses. I am most interested in how couples cope with and adjust to chronic illness as a unit, with particular attention to cultural differences among racial groups.

Advisor: Vicki Helgeson

Vencislav Popov

Vencislav "Ven" Popov

Graduate Student, Psychology

  • 455 Wing Baker Hall
Address
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

I am interested in how the medial temporal lobe (MTL) encodes the spatio-temporal context necessary to bind events and objects into a coherent story, and how the prefrontal cortex (PFC) integrates task demands and contextual cues supplied from the MTL to selectively retrieve information from neocortical areas. Further, how do these and other structures interact to support not only the learning of individual episodes, but the generalization of information into context-independent semantic knowledge?

Robert Powers

Robert "Bo" Powers

Graduate Student, Psychology

  • 455 Wing Baker Hall
Address
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

I work with artificial neural networks in order to better understand the neural mechanisms that support complex cognitive processes. One of the domains that interests me most is language learning, particularly with respect to semantics. I would like to one day apply the same modeling principles to other domains, such as mathematical cognition, and to understanding disorders such as autism and schizophrenia.

Casey Roark

Casey Roark

Graduate Student, Psychology

  • 455 Wing Baker Hall
Address
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

My research interests primarily involve understanding the neural basis of language. More specifically, I am interested in understanding how speech is processed in different contexts--in changing semantic, syntactic, and phonetic environments. I hope to study the neural basis of language through the neuroscientific methods of fMRI, EEG, and/or MEG. I am also interested in constructing computational models of these results.

Yang Seow

Yang Terng (Roderick) Seow

Graduate Student, Psychology

Address
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

What are the mechanisms underlying higher order cognitive processes such as skill acquisition and the transfer of skills between tasks?  To investigate these questions, I construct and analyze computational models under the Adaptive Control of Thought - Rational (ACT-R) cognitive architecture.

Advisor: John Anderson

Juliet Shafto

Juliet Shafto

Graduate Student, Psychology

  • 455 Wing Baker Hall
Address
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

I am broadly interested in cognitive neuroscience, in particular the study of visual perception using electrophysiological and functional neuroimaging methodologies. My work so far has focused on face perception. Specifically, I used an inattentional blindness paradigm to explore how faces are processed in the absence of awareness.

Carillon Skrzynski

Carillon "Cari" Skrzynski

Graduate Student, Psychology

  • 455 Wing Baker Hall
Address
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

My research interests focus on identifying biological and environmental factors that contribute to addictive behavior and in combining experimental methodologies with neurobiological approaches to better understand underlying risk factors associated with the development and maintenance of addictive behavior.

Patience Stevens

Patience Stevens

Graduate Student, Psychology

  • 455 Wing Bakaer Hall
Address
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

I'm studying how learning language and learning to read impact the development of semantic knowledge, using behavioral and computational methods. I aim to apply my research to early education.

Advisor: Anna Fisher

Robert Vargas

Robert Vargas

Graduate Student, Psychology

  • 455 Wing Baker Hall
Address
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

My research aims to explore the structure of human knowledge representations by examining the semantic similarity of individual concepts based on their neural similarity. I am curious how these relationships between concepts could then be used to define underlying semantic primitives and their organization in the brain.

Charles Wu

Charles Wu

Graduate Student, Psychology

  • 455 Wing Baker Hall
Address
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

I'm generally interested in how people form complex auditory categories such as speech sounds. Specifically, I'm curious about how these category representations might be tuned in cases where the sound input is degraded or nontypical (such as in a noisy environment or a foreign accent). Additionally, I'm also very interested in how these auditory categories are represented in the brain and what are the mechanisms that drive the learning of these categories both in children and adults

Melissa Zajdel

Melissa Zajdel

Graduate Student, Psychology

  • 455 Wing Baker Hall
Address
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

I am interested in the ways in which stress and the social context impact chronic disease and immune function.