Lab Members

Principal Investigator


Taraz Leeheadshot

Asst. Prof. of Psychology
Research Interests: Cognitive Control, Skilled Action, Motivation, Choking Under Pressure

 

 

 

 

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Graduate Student


 

Tyler Adkins (adkinsty@umich.edu)

Graduate Program: Psychology, Ph.D.
Area: Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience
Year: 2
Undergraduate Degrees: B.A. in Philosophy and B.A in Cognitive Science (Honors)
Research Topics of Interests: Goal-directed control of attention and movement, conscious awareness, predictive processing
Research Methods of Interest: fMRI, TMS, computational modeling, behavioral testing, philosophical analysis

Curriculum Vitae: Curriculum Vitae (April 2018)

 

Lab Manager


 

IMG_2132Bradley Gary (bradgary@umich.edu)

Degree: Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience, Spanish minor, Baylor University, 2012

Research Interests: Cognition and cognitive control differences in pediatric neurodevelopmental disorders

Goals: PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience, doing research in a clinical setting

Curriculum Vitae: CV February 2017

 

 

 

Undergraduate Research Assistants


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Sean Anderson (seanpaul@umich.edu)
Lab Member: 2017-present

Major: Cognitive Science and French Horn Performance
Year: Junior
Goals: After completing my Bachelors’ degrees, I hope to pursue graduate studies in Artificial Intelligence. I am interested in the minds of artists (musical, verbal, visual, and others), the artistic process, its development through skill acquisition and growth, and the ramifications of that journey in educational reform and neural architectures, both artificial and biological. 

 

 

 

 

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Brendan Duff (brenduff@umich.edu)
Lab Member: 2018-present

Major: Computer Science, Cognitive Science
Year: Junior
Goals: I am interested in all things related to the brain, consciousness, and artificial intelligence. I hope to gain a further understanding of the pre-frontal cortex specifically and the methods used to study it. After my undergraduate degree, I plan to further my education in either neuroscience, cognitive science, machine learning, or a related field.

 

 

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Jonathan Hochberg (jahoch@umich.edu)
Lab Member: 2017-present

Major:Psychology and Business
Year: Junior
Goals: I am interested in studying human performance and how to enhance it. I hope to pursue a career in augmenting human capital following a PhD in organizational behavior or a related field. My particular focus within the lab is trying to improve performance on specific tasks using rTMS, drawing inspiration from savant syndrome.

 

 

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Amanda Hsu (hyuting@umich.edu)
Lab Member: 2018-present

Major: Psychology
Year: Junior
Goals: I am interested in developing a deeper understanding of research methods and expanding my research skills, especially programming in Python and running statistical analysis in R. My research interests include enhancing employee performance and developing health care technology to improve workplace wellness.

 

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Ross Kempner (rkempner@umich.edu)
Lab Member: 2018-present

Major: Cognitive Science, Computation Track
Year: Sophomore
Goals: I am interested in how the intersection of advancements in technology, physics, and the brain sciences can improve our understanding of the mind and carefully expand human capabilities to positively impact society. After my undergraduate degree, I intend to continue my education in the brain sciences and pursue neurotechnology.
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Sari Muallem (samamual@umich.edu)
Lab Member: 2017-present

Major: Psychology
Year: Junior
Goals: I am interested in gaining a firm understanding of research methods and equipment, and acquiring skills in the fields of experimental programming, neuroscience, research technology, and statistical analysis I am currently planning on attending graduate school for a master’s degree in either psychology or neuroscience after completing four years of an undergraduate psychology major. My main motivations are the discovery of currently unattained knowledge about the human mind, and the betterment of humans’ mental states.

 

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Sara Pisanelli (sarajp@umich.edu)
Lab Member: 2018-present

Major: Cognitive Science and Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience (BCN)
Year: Junior
Goals: I am interested in the way that we as humans think, process, and react to the world. I want to look at how we can use this knowledge to create and improve on our current capabilities with artificial intelligence, as well as how information and techniques used in artificial intelligence can help us learn about the human mind. In the future, I hope to attend graduate school, once I have finished my undergrad degree.

 

 

 

 

Junior Research Assistant


Dr. Taliyah Lily Mangi-Lee
 Ph.D. in Infant Behavior

Area: Childhood Development
Year: >1
Undergraduate Degrees: B.S. in Birthing and Childhood Development, Minor in Milk Nutrition
Research Topics of Interests: How babies learn to crawl, talk, and walk
Goals and Ambitions: Computational modeling of neuronal networks, becoming the next Supreme Court Justice, possibly playing professional basketball, and/or becoming the President of the United States

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Past CoCoA Lab Members


Past Undergraduate Research Assistants:

 

  • Rebecca O’Brien; Lab member during 2017-18 (Class of 2020)
  • Julia Meng; Lab member during 2017 (Class of 2019)
  • Tyler Adkins; Lab member during 2015-17 (Class of 2017)
    • Current Graduate Student, Dr. Taraz Lee Lab
  • Kyle LaFollette; Lab member during 2016-17 (Class of 2017)
    • Current position: Research Specialist at the University of Arizona
  • Isabel Osgood; Lab member during 2016-17 (Class of 2018)
  • Annalise Harrison; Lab member during 2016-17 (Class of 2018)
  • Leo Zekelman; Lab member during 2016 (Class of 2016)
    • Current position: PhD Graduate Student, Speech, Hearing, Bioscience and Technology, Harvard University
  • Nick Alonso; Lab member during 2016 (Class of 2016)
    • Current position: Masters student in Philosophy at Georgia State University
  • Ermioni Carr; Lab member during 2016 (Class of 2017)
  • Caroline Anderson; Lab member during 2016 (Class of 2017)