Lab Members


Julie Golomb, Ph.D.
Julie is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology, Center for Cognitive and Brain Sciences, and Neuroscience Graduate Program at OSU. She received her B.S. in Neuroscience from Brandeis University working with Art Wingfield and Mike Kahana, her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Yale University working with Marvin Chun and Jamie Mazer, and was a post-doctoral research fellow with Nancy Kanwisher at MIT. She has been at Ohio State since 2012. In 2014 she was named a Sloan Research Fellow in Neuroscience. [CV] [email]

Postdoctoral Researcher

Emma Wu Dowd, Ph.D.
Emma received a B.A. in Linguistics from Harvard University, working with Alfonso Caramazza. As a British Marshall Scholar, she earned an M.Sc. in Psychology from University College London, working with Masud Husain and Paul Bays, and an M.Sc. in Neuroscience from King’s College London. She received her Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience from Duke University in 2016, working with Tobias Egner and Steve Mitroff. Her research interests include visual attention and working memory. She was awarded an NIH NRSA Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in 2017. [website] [email]

PhD Students

Daniel Berman
Dan is an ABD graduate student in Cognitive Psychology. He graduated from the University of Maryland in 2010 with an honors degree in Psychology, working in David Yager’s lab investigating the underlying neurotransmitter systems in various invertebrate sensory systems. At OSU he worked with Dirk Bernhardt-Walther from 2012-2014 before joining our lab. His research interests include retinotopic mapping, how we process complex imagery such as scenes, and the neural mechanisms underlying the human visual system. [email]

Xiaoli Zhang
Xiaoli is a fifth year graduate student in Cognitive Psychology. She graduated from Tsinghua University in China in 2013, with a B.S. in Psychology. She completed her undergraduate thesis and continued working in the lab of Meihong Zheng from 2013-2014 on the adaptation of working memory capacity under feedback stress. Her research interests include visual perception, attention, and the interaction in between. [email]

Jiageng Chen
Jiageng is a fourth year graduate student in Cognitive Psychology. He received his B.S. in Psychology from Beijing Normal University in 2013 and then worked with Amit Yashar and Marisa Carrasco at New York University before joining OSU. His research interests include visual attention and perception, especially the mechanisms of attentional updating across eye movements. [email]

Paul Scotti
Paul is a second year graduate student in Cognitive Psychology, working with Julie Golomb and Andrew Leber. He received his B.A. in Psychology from The George Washington University in 2017. While at GWU, he worked with Sarah Shomstein and Stephen Mitroff. Paul is interested in visual attention, memory, and the functional organization of perceptual representations. [email]

William Narhi-Martinez (incoming 2018)
William is a first year graduate student in Cognitive Psychology. He received his B.S. in Psychology from The University of Iowa in 2018. As an undergraduate, he worked with Andrew Hollingworth and completed a thesis on contextually cued visual sequences. William’s research interests include visual perception, spatial attention, and feature binding.


Lab Manager / Research Assistants

Samoni Nag Samoni Nag
Samoni graduated from Emory University in 2016 with a degree in psychology and public health. While at Emory, she worked in Stella Lourenco’s spatial cognition lab studying cue combination in early childhood and visual object recognition. Broadly speaking, she is interested in spatial perception, visual attention, and visual search. Samoni will be pursuing her Ph.D. in cognitive psychology at George Washington University starting Fall 2018. [email]

Christopher Jones
Christopher graduated from the University of Utah in 2018 with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Chemistry. While at the University of Utah, Christopher worked in Trafton Drew’s applied visual attention lab studying attention and memory during visual search. His research interests include the neural mechanisms of attention and visual working memory. He hopes to pursue a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience. [email]

Lab Affiliates

Ramprakash Srinivasan (PhD  student,  Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering)
Ram is a PhD student in Aleix Martinez’s lab interested in computational and neuroimaging approaches to studying facial expressions of emotion.

Undergraduate Researchers

Anisha Babu (OSU ’20: Neuroscience major)
Jack Carey (OSU ’19: Neuroscience major)
Deniz Ozkardas (OSU ’19: Psychology major)
Shangchao Sun (OSU ’20: Psychology major)
Robert Murcko (OSU ’19: Biological Engineering major)
Alexandra Haeflein (OSU ’19: Neuroscience major)
Jazmyn Mustafa (OSU ’21: Psychology major)


Lab Mascot




Lab Alumni

Nonie Finlayson, Ph.D. (postdoc 2014-2016)
Currently: Postdoc at University of Queensland
Nonie hails from the University of Queensland in Australia, where she completed a B.Psy.Sc. in Psychology in 2008 working with Jason Mattingley and a Ph.D. in Cognitive & Behavioural Psychology in 2014 with Philip Grove and Roger Remington. Her research interests include attention, spatial representations, and perception in 3D. After OSU she was a postdoctoral associate with Sam Schwarzkopf at UCL and now a postdoctoral research fellow with Stefanie Becker at University of Queensland. [website]

Anna Shafer-Skelton (lab manager 2014-2016)
Currently: PhD student in Psychology at UCSD
Anna graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2011 with a B.A. in Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology. She worked with Richard Abrams on her undergraduate thesis, and then with Tim Brady and George Alvarez at the Harvard Vision Lab after graduating. Her research interests include visual attention, depth perception, natural scene perception, and spatial representations. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Psychology with Tim Brady and John Serences. She is an NSF Graduate Research Fellow.

Colin Kupitz (lab manager 2012-2014)
Currently: PhD student in Cognitive Science at UC Irvine
Colin was lab manager from 2012-2014. He’s now a Ph.D. student in Cognitive Science at University of California: Irvine with Joachim Vandekerckhove. He received his B.S. in Neuroscience & Chemistry in 2012 from the University of Nevada, Reno, where he did his undergraduate thesis on visual size illusions with Gideon Caplovitz.

Makaela Nartker (OSU ’16 Psychology major; full-time research assistant 2017)
Currently: Lab Manager: Visual Attention Lab at Harvard Med School (with Jeremy Wolfe)

Matt Heard (OSU ’17: Neuroscience major)
Currently: PhD student in Neuroscience at Ohio State: Speech, Language, & Music Lab (with Yune Lee)

Janie Beaufore (OSU ’17: Neuroscience major; Honors Thesis student)
Currently: Science writer, New York Stem Cell Foundation

Michela Paradiso  (OSU ’16 Neuroscience major; Independent research student)
Currently:  MD student at Ohio State University Medical School

Marina Barboza (OSU ’16 Psychology major; Independent research student)
Currently: Grad student in Neuropsychology at Cleveland State Univ

Avni Bapat (OSU ’16 Neuroscience & Psychology major; Honors Thesis student)
Currently: Data Analyst, Cardinal Health

Carina Thiemann (OSU ’15 Neuroscience major; Independent research student)
Currently: Marketing Science Expert, Facebook