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

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.


Graduate Students

Harini Babu, M.A.

Harini Babu is a doctoral student in Psychology concentrating in Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience. She is interested in aging across the lifespan with a focus on older adults. She is also interested in memory, executive function, and non-invasive brain stimulation and imaging, with an emphasis on translational research.
Before coming to the University of Michigan, Harini received her B.S in Psychology (Neuroscience) from Pennsylvania State University and a M.A in Bioethics and Medical Humanities from Case Western Reserve University. Outside of research, Harini likes to garden, bake, and explore new cities.


CV: Harini Babu C.V.

Jasmine Cooper, B.A.

Jasmine Cooper is a doctoral student in the Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience program within the Psychology department. She is interested in exploring how various life factors affect aging in older adults and how those factors can lead to Alzheimer’s disease. 

Before coming to Michigan, she received her B.A. in psychology from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and was a McNair Scholar. Outside of research, Jasmine enjoys traveling, trying new foods, watching sports, and hiking.

CV: Jasmine Cooper CV 

Kali Sarver, B.A.

Kali Sarver is a doctoral student concentrating in Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience in the Psychology Department. She is interested in the age-related changes in the brain, memory decline with age, and neurodegenerative diseases. She graduated Cum Laude from Miami University with a B.A. in Psychology. Kali enjoys spending time with her cat, cooking, and catching up on TV shows outside of research.


CV: Kali Sarver 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.


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.


Phone: 734-647-3704

Research Assistants


Akhila Archakam

Akhila is a Senior majoring in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience. She hopes to attend medical school after she graduates. Some of her interests include traveling, spending time outdoors, cooking, and making memories with her friends and family.




Hattie Benedetti

Hattie is currently a Junior double majoring in Cognitive Science and Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience. After graduation she plans on taking time off to work and travel before returning to attend graduate school. In her free time she likes to explore Ann Arbor and its surrounding parks and nature reserves along with watching TV and thrifting.




Adam Chalak

Adam is currently a Junior studying Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience with a minor in Arab and Muslim American Studies.  After graduation, Adam plans on attending medical school and doing community work. In his free time he likes to bike, weight lift, collect comic books, travel, and go to the movie theaters.




Mila Filipof

Mila is currently a Junior majoring in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience. She plans on attending medical or graduate school after graduation. Outside of class, she enjoys trying out new restaurants, going on walks, and spending time with friends and family.




Wiley Gillam

Wiley is a Junior majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in History. He is a part of the Army ROTC program at the University of Michigan and is set to commission as a 2LT upon graduation. He then plans to pursue medical school in the hopes of serving as a doctor in the U.S. Army. Outside of class, Wiley enjoys spending time on the basketball court and with his friends.



Suha Iqbal

Suha is a Senior majoring in Cognitive Science. She enjoys traveling, cooking, reading, and spending time with loved ones in her free time.




Ellie Jordan

Ellie is a Junior majoring in Biology, Health, and Society with an intended minor in Spanish and hopes to attend medical school after graduating. She is a research assistant on the Distractions in Working Memory project. In her free time she enjoys reading and hanging out with friends.