People

Lab Director

Patricia Reuter-Lorenz, Ph.D.

Research in my laboratory investigates the neural and cognitive mechanisms of attention, working memory and executive control. Using a combination of behavioral and neuroimaging studies, we investigate such questions as: Do the hemispheres makes different contributions to attention and working memory? What is the effect of aging on attention and working memory? What strategies and training can be used to promote efficient performance? How do emotion and cognition interact?
Office: 1004D East Hall

Email: parl@umich.edu
Phone: 734-764-6577


Assistant Research Scientist

Alexandru D. Iordan, Ph.D.

Alex is an Assistant Research Scientist in the Department of Psychology at the University of Michigan. His main research interest is in understanding the structure and dynamics of the large-scale brain networks that mediate interactions between executive control and emotion, as well as the roles of aging and training in these interactions.

Alex received his Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Email: adiordan@umich.edu


Graduate Students

Lilian Cabrera, M.S.

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
CV: Lilian Cabrera C.V


Colleen Frank, M.S.

Colleen is a 5th year graduate student in the Cognitive and Cognitive Neuroscience area of the Psychology Department at UM. She is interested in emotion, working memory, age-related changes, and decision making.

Before coming to the University of Michigan, she received her B.A. in Psychology from Butler University in Indianapolis. 

When she’s not in the lab, she enjoys cooking, hiking, and traveling.

Email: ccfrank@umich.edu
CV: Colleen Frank C.V.


Kathy Xie, B.S.

Kathy Xie is a doctoral student in Psychology concentrating in Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience. She is interested in using working memory training and noninvasive brain stimulation to decrease the negative effects of aging on cognition. She graduated from Northwestern University, with a B.S. in Psychology and Communication Sciences and Disorders. Outside of research, Kathy likes to read, watch TV, go to concerts, and eat her way through cities.

Email: kathyxie@umich.edu
CV: Kathy Xie C.V.


Lab Manager

Ranya Alkhayyat, B.S.

Ranya is the lab manager of the Cognitive and Affective Neuropsychology Lab. She received her B.S. from the University of Michigan in Biopsychology, Cognition, & Neuroscience with a minor in Art & Design. Her current research interests include  the effects of emotional and cognitive distraction on working memory processes. She intends to pursue a graduate degree in clinical psychology.

In her free time she enjoys painting, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

Email: ranyaa@umich.edu
Phone: 734-647-3704


Research Assistants


Natalie Austin

Natalie is currently a sophomore majoring in biopsychology, cognition, and neuroscience with an intended minor in biology as well. She hopes to attend graduate school to become a neuropsychologist. Outside of school, she enjoys reading, hanging out with friends, and traveling.

 

 


Jason Brenner

Jason is a freshman majoring in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience with an intended minor in Applied Statistics. He is a student in the LSA Honors Program and hopes to attend medical school in the future. He is a research assistant on the Value Learning project. In his free time, he enjoys running and bike-riding.

 

 

Lindsay Brenner

Lindsay is a freshman majoring in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience in the LSA Honors Program. She is currently a research assistant on the Value Learning project. In her free time, Lindsay enjoys singing in her a cappella group, running, and traveling with her family.

 

 

 

Jaden Mann Bryant

Jaden is a junior majoring in Biopsychology, Cognition & Neuroscience. She is currently a research assistant for the Affective Working Memory project. After graduation, she plans on attending medical school. She is also a mentor for the Michigan Mentorship Program where she volunteers at Angell Elementary school. In her free time, she enjoys playing guitar, cooking, and watching scary movies with friends.

 

 

Cynthia Huang

Cynthia Huang is a freshman majoring in English and Neuroscience at the University of Michigan. After graduating, she hopes to either go to graduate school for English or attend medical school. Outside of research, Cynthia spends her time reading anything, writing anything, and having fun with friends and family.

 

Vanessa Freedman

Vanessa is a sophomore majoring in Neuroscience at the University of Michigan. She plans on attending medical school after graduation. She is a research assistant on the Cognitive Offloading Project. Outside of class and research, Vanessa spends her time volunteering at University of Michigan Hospital, running, and spending time with her friends.

 

 

Elizabeth Lee

Elizabeth is a sophomore majoring in Biopsychology, Cognition and Neuroscience. She’s interested in studying mental health and plans on pursuing medical school after college. In addition to her academic interests, she enjoys volunteering at Michigan Medicine, figure skating, and kayaking with friends.

 

 

 

Ziyaneh Ghaderpour Taleghani

Ziyaneh is a junior majoring in Neuroscience at the University of Michigan. After graduating, she hopes to pursue a PhD in neuroscience. She is currently a research assistant on the Cognitive Offloading project. Outside of class, Ziyaneh likes to listen to music, spend time with friends, and paint.

 

 

 

Nandini Valluru

Nandini is a sophomore majoring in Psychology and Cognitive Science at the University of Michigan. After graduating, she hopes to pursue a Ph.D. Outside of class, Nandini likes to write, cook, and edit videos.

 

 

 

Megan McFarland

Megan is a junior studying Biopsychology, Cognition and Neuroscience.

 

 

 

 

Selena Yue

Selena in a junior majoring in cognitive science and piano performance. She hopes to attend graduate school for public health in the future. Outside of school, she loves to paint, dance, and spend time with her friends.