Nora Cahill

Nora CahillNora is a member of the class of 2021 with prospective majors in Psychology and Music. They are interested in the link between music and memory(e.g. how certain songs associated with personal events can trigger those experiences, specific types of music can aid the retention of notes for class, etc.), and are excited to further explore the subject area.

Heather Bailey

Postdoctoral Fellow, Assistant Professor, Kansas State University

Heather BaileyPh.D. Experimental Psychology
– Kent State University, 2009
M.A. Experimental Psychology
– Wake Forest University, 2005B.S. Psychology
– Southern Illinois University, 2002

Heather is a postdoctoral fellow in Jeff Zacks’ lab. She is currently working on a study examining event knowledge among people with varying degrees of dementia.

Heather has recently accepted a position as a tenure-track Assistant Professor at Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS where she directs the Memory and Aging Lab.

Taylor Beck

Lab Manager: 2010-2011

Taylor BeckB.A. Princeton University ’07

Taylor was the lab manager and research assistant in Dr. Zacks’ Lab from 2010 to 2011.

Taylor has decided to “sell out to the pen”: he will begin MIT’s masters in Science Writing in fall 2011, followed by NYU’s in Literary Reportage.

夢 “yume” means dream in Japanese.

You can read some of his works on his website.

Charlie Brenner

Graduate Student: 2010-2012

Charlie Brenner

B.A. Psychology
- Macalester University, 2010

Charlie was a second year graduate student. His research interests included reading comprehension, event cognition, and speech perception. Charlie has caught the programming bug and has since moved to Seattle.

Stephanie Brewer

Undergraduate Research Assistant: 2006-2008

Stephanie Brewer

Stephanie worked on event segmentation studies in the lab.

Avis Chan

Research Assistant: Spring 2005

Avis Chan

M.A. University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2004
B.A. Hong Kong Baptist University, 2003

Avis is a part-time research assistant, and began working in the lab in January 2005. She is working with Pascale to study spatial transformations, and with Khena to study event sequencing

William Chee

Undergraduate Researcher: 2001-2002

William Chee

Undergraduate in Philosophy

William worked on a research project that investigated event conception and memory.

Kara Christopher

Research Assistant: 2004-2005

Kara Christopher

M.S. Western Illinois University, 2003
B.S. Southeast Missouri State, 1997

Kara worked in the lab from the fall of 2004 to the summer of 2005. She studied how age affects visuo-spatial reasoning with Pascale Michelon.

Jessie Colston

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Jessie was an undergraduate working with Michelle Eisenberg on a project investigating the mechanisms of prediction.

Rohini Coorg

Undergraduate Researcher: 2000-2003

Rohini Coorg

B.A. Washington University in St. Louis, 2003

Rohini worked in the lab throughout her undergraduate career on several experiments that investigated the application of mental spatial transformations to organic chemistry. She successfully completed and presented her senior honors thesis on the project in Spring of 2003.

After graduation, Rohini moved south and began medical school in July of 2003 at University of Texas, San Antonio.

Chanise Cyrus

STARS Student: Summer 2007

Chanise Cyrus

Senior, Wentzville Holt High School

Chanise worked with Alfred on spatial reasoning experiments, including mental rotation.

Albert Deng

Undergraduate Research Assistant: 2010-2011

Albert  Deng

Washington University in St. Louis, Undergraduate

Albert is an undergraduate researcher in Dr. Zacks’s lab. He is currently working on an event segmentation study with Chris Kurby.

Risa Eilbaum

Undergraduate Research Assistant: 2010-2011

Risa Eilbaum

Washington University in St. Louis, Undergraduate

Risa is an undergraduate researcher in Dr. Zacks’s lab. She is currently working with Alfred Yu on studies of handle-compatibility effects.

Michelle Eisenberg, Ph.D.

Graduate Student: 2012-2017

Michelle EisenbergPh.D.
– Washington University in St. Louis, 2017

M.A. Psychology
– Washington University in St. Louis, 2012

B.A. Psychology
– Washington University in St. Louis, 2010

Michelle was a graduate student in the lab, successfully defending her dissertation in 2017. She worked on studies investigating the relationship between PTSD and event segmentation, and the role of prediction in understanding everyday events.

Michelle is currently a postdoc in the VA Advanced Fellowship in Mental Illness Research and Treatment at the Sierra Pacific MIRECC and Stanford University.

Ty Fagan

Part-time Research Assistant: Spring 2005

Ty Fagan

Ty was a member of the lab during the spring of 2005. He worked with Jeff on a meta-analysis examining the quantitative results of neuroimaging studies of mental rotation and specific brain sites that are reliably involved in mental rotation.

Stephanie Fei

STARS Student: Summer 2012

Stephanie Fei

Senior, Charles Linbergh High School

Stephanie worked with Heather Bailey and Charlie Brenner in the summer of 2012 on a project looking at working memory updating for narrative comprehension in younger adults.

Madeleine Fish

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Madeleine FishMadeleine was a sophomore undergraduate majoring in Psychology with a minor in Classics. She worked with Chris Wahlheim on studies examining change detection in everyday events. After college, she plans on attending graduate school for clinical psychology.

Shaney Flores

Lab Manager: 2011-2016

Shaney FloresB.S. Psychology
– University of Texas-Pan American, 2011

Shaney was the lab manager and research assistant in Dr. Zacks’ Lab from 2011-2016. He worked on studies related to event perception, aging and memory, and spatial memory. He now currently works as a Research Assistant at the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology at Washington University School of Medicine.

Mobolaji Fowose

DBBS-Amgen Summer Researcher, 2013

Mobolaji Fowose

Mobolaji Fowose
DBBS-Amgen 2013 Summer Intern

Senior, University of Maryland-Baltimore County

Mobolaji “Mo” Fowose was a DBBS-Amgen Biotechnologies summer research intern during the summer of 2013. She is currently a rising senior at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County pursuing a B.S. in Pre-Med Biology with plans to attend medical school after graduation. 

During her time with the lab, she worked with Michelle Eisenberg on a project examining event perception in PTSD populations using optical imaging.

Amy Garcia

Undergraduate Researcher, 2011-2014

Amy Garcia

B.A. in Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology
- Washington University in St. Louis, 2014

Brian Glass

Undergraduate Researcher: Spring 2005

Brian Glass

Senior, Psychology

Brian joined the lab in January 2005. He is worked with Khena on a study on eye-tracking and event segmentation.

David Gold

Postdoctoral Fellow, Clinical Neuropsychologist, University of Toronto Hospital

David A. Gold

Ph.D. Clinical Psychology (neuropsychology stream)
- York University, 2012

M.A. Clinical Psychology
- York University, 2006

B.S. Psychology & Life Sciences
- University of Western Ontario, 2003

Andrea Golloher

Undergraduate Researcher: 1999-2002

Andrea Golloher

B.A. Washington University in St. Louis, 2002

Andrea ran experiments investigating the effects of mental rotation of objects and the effects of novelty items on memory.

Shelly Gupta

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Shelly GuptaShelly was a senior undergraduate majoring in Biology and Anthropology and minoring in Communication Design during her time in the lab. She worked with Chris Wahlheim on a study examining event recollection to determine memory facilitation. Shelly had plans to attend medical school after a year of post-grad research upon her departure from the lab.

Nayiri Haroutunian

Lab Manager: 2008-2010

Nayiri Haroutunian

B.S. Psychology - University of Iowa, 2008

Nayiri was the Research Assistant/Lab Manager in Dr. Zacks’ Lab from 2008 to 2010. She is now a graduate student at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor studying Environmental Education.

Alexander Haubold

Undergraduate Research Assistant: 2014-2015

Alexander Haubold

Senior, Washington University

Alex Haubold is a former architecture student who is now pursuing a degree in Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology. He previously assisted Lauren Richmond with projects investigating event segmentation and spatial navigation. He is now working with Michelle Eisenberg on project investigating the mechanisms of prediction.

Mary Hawkins

Undergraduate Research Assistant: 2012-2013

Mary Jessica Hawkins

Washington University in St. Louis, Undergraduate

Jessica is a freshman student with an undeclared first major (will be either Biology: Neuroscience or Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology in the future) with a second major in Spanish. Her research interests include spatial cognition, brain-machine interfaces (i.e. neuroprosthetics), microexpressions, and multi-tasking. Jessica hopes to pursue a graduate education in either engineering or biology. Currently, she is working with Jesse Sargent on studies examining the role of event segmentation on spatial navigation.

Becky Hedden

Lab Manager: 2004-2005

Becky Hedden

B.A. Kenyon College, 2003

Becky was the lab manager, and a research assistant.

Becca Heyman

Undergraduate Researcher, 2009

Becca HeymanWashington University in St. Louis, Undergraduate

Devin Kellis

Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2015

Devin Kellis

Senior, Francis Marion University

Devin is an undergraduate from Francis Marion University in South Carolina majoring in Biology & Psychology (minor in Chemistry). He spent the summer of 2015 in St. Louis assisting Lauren Richmond with projects investigating event segmentation and spatial memory. He is most interested in the MSTP (Medical Scientist Training Program) including research involving memory, aging, and Alzheimer’s disease.

Sarah Kloepper

Undergraduate Research Assistant: 2011-2013

Sarah Kloepper

Washington University in St. Louis, Undergraduate

Sarah is an undergraduate researcher in the lab. She is currently assisting Charlie Brenner on projects investigating reading comprehension and event segmentation.

Claudia Landazabal

Undergraduate Researcher, 2011-2014

Claudia Landazabal

B.A. Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology
- Washington University in St. Louis, 2014

Claudia was an undergraduate Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology (PNP) student working in the lab. Her research interests include memory, attention, multi-tasking, and social psychology (particularly actor-observer bias and the bystander effect). She hopes to pursue a career in psychology/neuroscience or medicine. Claudia graduated from Washington University in Spring 2014 and is currently working as a resesearch associate at John Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Angela Lee

Undergraduate Researcher

Senior, Washington University in St. Louis

Angela is an undergraduate assisting Michelle Eisenberg with eyetracking studies to determine the role of predictive looking on event segmentation. Previously in our lab, Angela assisted Lauren Richmond with studies relating event segmentation to memory for spatial navigation in environments.

Sylvia Lee

Undergraduate Researcher, 2008-2009

Sylvia Lee

Washington University in St. Louis, Undergraduate in PNP

Amanda Lordemann

Undergraduate Research Assistant: 2012

Amanda Lordemann

Washington University in St. Louis, Undergraduate

Amanda is a junior Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology major working in the lab. She is interested in topics relating to memory, emotion, psychiatric disorders and trauma and plans to continue her work as a neuroscience researcher and Physician’s Assistant.

Tiina Luning

Undergraduate Researcher, 2008-2009

Tiina Luning

Washington University in St. Louis, Undergraduate

Corey Maley

Lab Manager: 2005-2007

Corey MaleyB.S., B.A. University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2005

Corey was the laboratory manager and a research assistant from the summer of 2005 until the summer of 2007. He sold out to the armchair (as Tony Jack put it so eloquently), and left the lab to begin graduate school in philosophy at Princeton University. He is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Kansas.

Hanisha Manickavasagan

Undergraduate Research Assistant: 2010-2011

Hanisha Manickavasagan

Washington University in St. Louis, Undergraduate

Hanisha is an undergraduate researcher in Dr. Zacks’s lab. She is currently working on a lifespan study with Jesse Sargent.

Thanh Nguyen

Undergraduate Researcher: Fall 2004

Thanh Phuong Nguyen

Freshman, Psychology & Finance

Phuong was an Undergraduate Researcher in the lab in the Fall of 2004. She helped Jeff on a study to investigate how people understand everyday events.

Will Papper

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Will PapperWilliam Papper was a sophomore obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology and Computer Science from Washington University in St. Louis during his time in the lab. He had previously worked as a data scientist at RetailMeNot and as an app developer at the MIT Media Lab. On the side, he ran a healthcare startup called MediMeld and was a part of IDEA Labs at the Washington University School of Medicine.

Lauren Richmond, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Lauren RichmondPh.D. Psychology, Specialization: Neuroscience
– Temple University, 2013

M.A. Psychology
– Marist College, 2007

B.A. Psychology
– Marist College, 2007

Lauren was a postdoctoral fellow in the lab. She spent time conducting studies examining the role of event perception on spatial navigation in younger and older adults, and explored approaches to improve event memory in those same populations. She has since accepted a tenure track position at SUNY Stony Brook.

Jesse Sargent

Postdoctoral Fellow, Assistant Professor, Francis Marion University

Jesse Q. Sargent

PhD. Cognitive Neuroscience
- George Washington University, 2009

B.A. Psychology
-University of Vermont, 1991

Jesse Sargent was a post doc in Jeff Zacks’ lab from 2009 - 2012.  He worked on a study examining event segmentation over the lifespan.  He also examined the role of event segmentation mechanisms in navigation and spatial memory.

Jesse is currently a tenure-track Assistant Professor at Frances Marion University in Florence, SC.

Jared Selsberg

Undergraduate Researcher, 2013 - 2015

Jared Selsberg

Senior, Washington University in St. Louis

Jared is an undergraduate researcher major in Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psyhology (PNP). He is currently working with Jeff Zacks and Dave Gold with studies examining the scaffolding of event structure and its effects on age. Jared is most interested in the field of neuropsychology and hopes to work in this domain in some capacity after graduation.

Margaret Sheridan

Lab Manager: 1999-2001

Margaret SheridanB.A. University of Michigan, 1999

Margaret was the research assistant for the lab from Fall 1999 to Summer 2001. She earned her PhD at Berkeley in 2007, spent time working at Harvard, and now directs the CIRCLE Lab at UNC.

Sargent Shriver

Lab Manager: 2007-2008

Sargent Shriver

B.S., B.A. University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2007

Sargent was a research assistant and the lab manager. He left the DCL to join the Cognitive Evolution Lab at Harvard University.

Matt Sorem

Undergraduate Researcher: 2000-2001

Matt Sorem

B.A. Washington University, 2001

Nicole Speer

Graduate Student: 2001-2005

Nicole K. Speer

Ph.D. Washington University is St. Louis, 2005
M.A. Washington University in St. Louis, 2001
B.A. Scripps College, 1999

Nicole was a graduate student in the Dynamic Cognition Lab. She studied the relationship between event perception and memory, as well as the effects of strategy use on memory performance.

Nicole moved on to the University of Colorado, Boulder after she completed her dissertation in the summer of 2005.

Nicole is currently a Research Associate at the University of Colorado.

Khena Swallow

Graduate Student: 2001-2007

Khena Swallow

Ph.D Washington University in St. Louis, 2007
M.A. Washington University in St. Louis, 2003
B.A. University of Utah, 1999

Khena was a graduate student in the Dynamic Cognition Lab. She studied attention, event perception, and memory.

Khena currently directs the Attention, Memory, and Perception lab at Cornell University.

Jean Vettel

Lab Manager: 2001-2004

Jean M. Vettel

Jean was the laboratory manager for the lab from the Fall of 2001 until the Summer of 2004. She left the lab to begin graduate school at Brown University in the lab of Michael Tarr, Ph.D.

Melissa Vogel

Undergraduate Researcher: 2001-2002

Melissa Vogel

B.A. Washington University in St. Louis, 2002

Melissa collaborated with Nicole Speer and Jeff Zacks to study how event boundaries effect working memory.