People – Attention and Cognitive Control Laboratory


Daniel Weissman, PhD., Professor of Psychology

Dr. Weissman earned twin Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Physics in 1991. He then became a Research Intern at the University of Hawaii’s Kewalo Basin Marine Mammal Laboratory. There, he learned to train dolphins and conduct research on dolphin cognition. In 1999, Dr. Weissman earned a PhD in Biological Psychology (specializing in Cognitive Neuroscience) from the University of Illinois. From 1999-2006, he conducted functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) studies of attention and cognitive control at Duke University as a Postdoctoral Fellow (1999-2004) and Research Assistant Professor (2004-2006). In 2006, he became an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Michigan. Later, he was promoted to Associate (2012) and Full (2018) Professor.

For more information, see Dr. Weissman’s CV

Graduate Students

Matt Dunaway

Matt is a doctoral candidate in Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience. He is interested in understanding how people manage and respond to the overwhelming (and often distracting) amount of information that perception affords. He is particularly interested in considering how predictions based on recent memory facilitate the allocation of attention and the preparation of action given changing environments and task-demands. Outside of the lab, Matt enjoys playing music, skateboarding, and wondering how attention and memory allow him to do these activities.

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Suhas Navada

Suhas is a senior studying Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience. His research interests include computation and cognition, neuroscience, and decision-making processes. Outside of research, his interests include working out, watching sports, and listening to cooking podcasts.

Elise Beckman

Elise is a junior studying Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience in the College of LSA on the premedical track. Elise is interested in psychology research on the cognitive processes of attention and distraction, and the ways in which adding multiple forms of conflict may influence these processes. In her free time, Elise enjoys reading, dancing, going for walks, and eating sushi.

Chloe Saba

Chloe is a senior studying Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience on the premedical track. She has been a part of the lab for the past two years and is currently writing an honors thesis analyzing adaptive control in varying distractor presentation times, specifically on the proportion congruency effect (PCE) at different stimulus onset asynchronies (SOAs).

Arvin Yaple

Arvin is a junior majoring in Cognitive Science (Computation Track) with a double minor in Mathematics and Computer Science. His research interests include cognition, computational modeling, and decision making. He hopes to go to grad school and eventually work in an industry research job.

Mehr Kumar

Mehr is a sophomore pursuing a double major in Cognitive Science (Decision Track), and Computer Science. She loves all things brain and is interested in exploring research in social decision making and memory perception in humans, and hopes to get a PhD in the future. In her free time she likes to go on drives, read, watch movies, and sleep.

Katherine Ni

Katherine is a junior studying Cognitive Science (Decision Track) and Psychology. She is interested in the mechanics behind cognitive performance and in cases where cognition may be hindered. She is currently pursuing an honors thesis on the boundaries of adaptive control within a wider time frame. Outside of the lab, Katherine likes to cook, bake, and play games.

Graduate and Postdoctoral Alumni

Lauren Grant, Postdoctoral Fellow, Washington University at Saint Louis

Katherine Sledge Moore, Associate Professor, Arcadia University

Joseph Orr, Assistant Professor, Texas A & M

Jerome Prado, Tenured Research Scientist, CNRS, Lyon, France

Kamin Kim, Postdoctoral Fellow, Dynamic Memory Lab

Joshua Carp, Software engineer, Democratic National Committee

Selena Tran

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