Dean of School of Cognitive Science, Associate Professor of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
Her primary research interests are in the development of attention, learning, memory, and their neurological substrates.
Her research uses both behavioral and physiological techniques (primarily event related potentials) to gain a better understanding of the brain over the course of development.
This course explores the mechanisms of plasticity within the brain from conception through childhood and the factors that influence them. The goal of the course is to provide students with an understanding of how the brain can be shaped through biological development and experience and how these processes are reflected in behavior. For example, topics will include reorganization of the brain following injury, effects of environmental toxins on the brain, as well as how these changes in the brain affect behavior. In addition the course emphasizes learning to critically analyze and write about the diverse lines of research that are influencing ideas in the field. Course requirements include reading primary research articles, library research, presenting research in class, and a final longer research paper. Background in psychology, cognitive science, neuropsychology, or neuroscience is recommended but not required.
This course is designed to examine sex, gender, and sexuality in multiple contexts. The course will examine how biological and environmental factors influence sex gender and sexuality across development and how these factors influence differences in brain and behavior. Course requirements will include reading primary research articles in the fields of psychology, neuroscience, anthropology, and gender studies. Students will also be asked to conduct library research, present readings in class, write several short response and review papers and write a longer research paper. Students are not required to have a scientific background but they are asked to be open to reading and evaluating scientific research.
This course is an upper-level research seminar designed for students who wish to learn electrophysiological techniques and how to apply those techniques to answer research questions in the domain of cognitive psychology and cognitive neuropsychology. Students will have the opportunity to develop an original research project from conception through piloting participants. They will also learn the theory behind the technique and how it works. Course requirements will consist of reading primary research articles, designing, and executing an event related potential (ERP) research project. The class will cover all elements of setting up an ERP research project and we will focus on both the theory of electrophysiological research techniques as well as practical aspects of developing and running a research project. Some background in cognitive psychology, cognitive science, neuropsychology, or neuroscience would be helpful.