Dr. Frederick Luis Aldama
Frederick Luis Aldama is an Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor of English. He teaches Latino/a and Latin American post-colonial literature, film, and comics, as well as narrative theory and cognitive science approaches to culture. He is also founder and Director of LASER: Latino and Latin American Space for Enrichment Research.
Professor Aldama uses the tools of narrative theory and cognitive science in his teaching and scholarship on Latino and Postcolonial literature, art, music, film, and comic books. He is the author and editor of eleven books, including Postethnic Narrative Criticism; Brown on Brown; the MLA-award winning Dancing With Ghosts: A Critical Biography of Arturo Islas; Why the Humanities Matter: A Common Sense Approach; Your Brain on Latino Comics: From Gus Arriola to Los Bros Hernandez; and A User’s Guide to Postcolonial and Latino Borderland Fiction. Along with Patrick Colm Hogan and Arturo Aldama, he is series editor of “Cognitive Approaches to Literature and Culture” with the University of Texas Press. He sits on the editorial boards of Narrative, Journal of Narrative Theory and Narrative and Image as well as Texas Tech UP’s “The Americas” book series. His areas of expertise include narrative theory, film studies, critical theory, and 20th-Century British and American literature.
Dr. Aldama received his bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley in 1992 and obtained his doctorate degree in English from Stanford University in 1999.
Dr. Andrew Leber
Andrew Leber is the Director for the Center for Cognitive and Brain Sciences and an Associate Professor of Psychology.
The goal of Dr. Leber’s research on cognitive control has aimed to shed light on the following questions: 1) How do we focus on behaviorally relevant stimuli and ignore irrelevant stimuli? 2) Why do we “choose” to resist irrelevant stimuli in some situations, but not in others? 3) Does our ability to update task sets fluctuate over time, and if so, why? 4) Does our ability to maintain a single task set fluctuate over time, and if so, why? Dr. Leber’s lab have approached these questions using a variety of methods, principally behavioral studies and functional MRI.
Dr. Leber received his bachelor’s degree in theoretical physics from Rutgers University and his master’s and doctorate degree from John Hopkins University.