Lab Members

Principal Investigator

Taraz Leeheadshot

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






Graduate Student


photo (1)Tyler Adkins (

Graduate Program: Psychology, Ph.D.
Area: Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience
Year: 1
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: Tyler Adkins CV (11/17)


Lab Manager


IMG_2132Bradley Gary (

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


Jonathan Hochberg (
Lab Member: 2017-present

Major:Psychology and Business
Year: Sophomore
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.






Sari Muallem (
Lab Member: 2017-present

Major: Psychology
Year: Sophomore
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.




Sean Anderson (
Lab Member: 2017-present

Major: Cognitive Science and French Horn Performance
Year: Sophomore
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. 





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: Research Assistant at UC San Francisco
  • 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)