Graduate Students

Lilian Cabrera

Lilian Cabrera is a doctoral student in the Cognitive and Affective Neuropsychology Laboratory. She is interested in how cognition changes across the lifespan, with a focus on memory and executive processes. She is also interested in factors that influence memory accuracy. She is currently examining how reward value and incentives influence what we remember.

She graduated from the University of California, Davis with a B.S. in Psychology and received her masters in Psychology from California State University, Sacramento.

Lilian enjoys traveling and trying new food. When she has some free time, she enjoys catching up on some of her favorite TV shows.

Email: lilianec@umich.edu

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Katherine Cooke

Katherine Cooke is a doctoral student in the Cognitive and Affective Neuropsycholgy Laboratory. She is fascinated by how the brain functions to allow people to interact with and exist in their environment. It was this fascination that drew her to explore the brain as it related to cognition. At present, Katherine is interested in the neural correlates of cognitive aging, especially those factors that contribute to healthy aging.

She graduated from the University of Arizona with a B.S. in Psychology. Her curerent research focuses on how manipulating difficult affects age-related changes in brain activation and functional connectivity during working memory and motor tasks.

Katherine loves to travel and explore new places. Closer to home, she enjoys hiking and riding motorcycles in her free time.

Email: kacooke@umich.edu

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Colleen Frank

Colleen Frank is a PhD student in the Psychology department at UM. She works in the Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience program under the direction of Dr. Patricia Reuter-Lorenz. She is interested in both the cognitive and affective domains of neuroscience and how these change across the lifespan.

She received her B.A. in Psychology and Spanish, with a minor in Neuroscience from Butler University in Indianapolis, IN. Her current research focuses on the interplay between emotion and cognition.

When she’s not in the lab, she enjoys spending time outside and trying out the local Ann Arbor restaurants.

Email: ccfrank@umich.edu

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Tiffany Jantz

Tiffany is a doctoral candidate in the Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience area of the Psychology Department at the University of Michigan. Broadly, she is interested in the effects of aging on cognitive processes. More specifically, under the tutelage of Dr. Patricia Reuter-Lorenz and Dr. Cindy Lustig, she is currently exploring the effects of healthy aging on top-down control of attention and working memory processes.

Further, she is currently conducting research that employs non-invasive brain stimulation techniques to examine the role of specific brain regions in these cognitive processes. Tiffany hopes that this research will shed light on some of the neural underpinnings that contribute to age-related compensatory mechanisms and potentially contribute to effective and efficient cognitive interventions for older adults.

Tiffany received her B.A. in Psychology and M.A. in Psychological research from San Francisco State University.

Email: tkjantz@umich.edu

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Ziyong Lin


Ziyong is a PhD student in the Psychology Department at the University of Michigan. She works in the Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience area with Cindy Lustig and Patricia Reuter-Lorenz. Her research interests include age-related differences in attention, learning, and motivation.

Ziyong specifically studies how different aspects of controlled attention are influenced by age and motivation. In addition, her work explores adults’ ability to learn the value of different stimuli and how learned value affects attention and subsequent memory for the information.

She received her B.A. in Psychology and Music from Mills College. When she is not busy thinking about attention and memory, she enjoy reading, traveling around the world, and playing her flute.

Email: ziyong@umich.edu