Lab Members


Director

Julie Golomb, PhD
Julie is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology, Center for Cognitive and Brain Sciences, and Neuroscience Graduate Program at OSU. She is also head of the new Cognitive Neuroscience Psychology PhD Program. 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 before joining the faculty at Ohio State in 2012. She has won early career awards including Sloan Research Fellow in Neuroscience, APA Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology, APF Fantz Award, and Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences Early Career Impact Award. [CV] [email]


Postdoctoral Researchers

Blaire Dube, PhD
Blaire received her B.A. in Psychology from Brock University (St. Catharines, Canada) in 2012, working primarily with Karen Arnell. She then went on to the University of Guelph (Guelph, Canada) to complete an MSc and PhD (2019) in Cognitive Psychology with a Neuroscience specialization, working with Naseem Al-Aidroos, and collaborating with Mark Fenske and Steve Emrich. Her research interests include visual attention and visual working memory, and understanding how their reciprocal interactions support effective goal-driven behaviour. Blaire was awarded a postdoctoral NSERC fellowship in 2021, and is also an OPAM conference organizer. [webpage] [email]

Jiageng Chen, PhD
Jiageng received his PhD in Cognitive Psychology from The Ohio State University in 2021, and is currently a postdoc in the lab and also helps run the department EEG Center. 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 neural mechanisms of attentional updating. [email]

 

Seah Chang, PhD
Seah received her PhD in Psychological and Brain Sciences from Johns Hopkins University in 2021, working with Howard Egeth. Before that, she received her B.A. in Psychology and M.S. in Cognitive Psychology from Korea University. Her research interests include visual attention and suppression, especially how facilitatory and inhibitory processes are coordinated to guide attention. She is a postdoc at OSU working jointly with Julie Golomb and Andrew Leber. [webpage] [email]

 


PhD Students

Paul Scotti
Paul is a fourth 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 memory, attention, and perception, and developing new computational cognitive neuroscience analysis techniques.  He received an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship in 2019. [webpage] [email]

William Narhi-Martinez
William is a third 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. [email]

 

Yong Min Choi
Yong Min is a first-year graduate student in Cognitive Neuroscience. He received his B.A. in Psychology and M.A. in Cognitive Science from Yonsei University, studying visual cognition with Sang Chul Chong from 2016 to 2020. His research interests include visual attention and perception, specifically regarding how attention mechanisms determine what we see. [email]

 

Zitong Lu (starting Fall 2021)

Yin-ting (Jenny) Lin (starting Fall 2021)


Lab Manager / Research Assistants

Lasyapriya Pidaparthi
Lasya graduated from the University of Virginia in 2020, with a major in Neuroscience and a minor in History. At the University of Virginia, she worked under the guidance of Dr. Wendy Lynch and did her senior thesis on the efficacy of exercise in reducing relapse vulnerability using a rat model of cocaine addiction. Her research interests include neuroimaging methodologies and visual cognition. She hopes to pursue a PhD in Neuroscience. [email]

Maurryce Starks
Maurryce graduated from the College of Wooster in 2018 with a degree in Cognitive-Behavioral Neuroscience. While at Wooster, Maurryce completed his senior thesis on neurolinguistics and social psychology under the advisement of Dr. Grit Herzmann. His research interest include EEG methodology, working memory, and high-level visual processing. Maurryce will be pursuing his PhD in Social Cognitive Neuroscience at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill starting in Fall 2021! [email]

 


Undergraduate Researchers

Veronica Olaker (OSU ’21: Neuroscience major)
Ian Mboya (OSU ’21: Neuroscience major)
Jackie Bao (OSU ’21: Neuroscience major)
Chenwei (Sigrid) Zhu (OSU ’20: Psychology major)
John McNally (OSU ’23: Neuroscience major)
Zihan Bai (OSU ’22: Psychology & Neuroscience major)
Ana Burk (OSU ’23: Neuroscience major)


Lab Mascot

Mochi

 

 


Lab Alumni

Xiaoli Zhang, PhD (PhD student 2014-2020)
Currently: Postdoc at George Washington University
Xiaoli earned her PhD in Cognitive Psychology in 2020, focused on the integration and updating of visuospatial information across saccades. Before that she graduated from Tsinghua University in China in 2013, with a B.S. in Psychology, 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 advanced neuroimaging techniques. She is currently a postdoc in Sarah Shomstein’s lab at GWU and an OPAM conference organizer.

Christopher Jones (lab manager 2018-2020)
Currently: PhD student in Psychology at Emory University
Chris was lab manager from 2018-2020. He 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, Chris 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, visual working memory, and real-world object perception. He is currently pursuing his PhD in Psychology at Emory University with Danny Dilks.

Emma Wu Dowd, PhD (postdoc 2016-2018)
Currently: Director of Research & Analytics, Office of the Provost, UT Austin
Emma was a postdoc in our lab from 2016-2018. She 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. Emma is currently at UT Austin leading a research team that makes data-driven decisions about how best to promote student success. [website]

Nonie Finlayson, Ph.D. (postdoc 2014-2016)
Currently: Research Manager at IPSOS Marketing (Brisbane, Australia)
Nonie was a postdoc in our lab from 2014-2016. She 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 with Stefanie Becker at University of Queensland. [website]

Daniel Berman, PhD (PhD student 2014-2018)
Currently: Postdoc at Ohio State University
Dan earned his PhD in Cognitive Psychology in 2018, focused on the representations of spatial frequency, depth, and higher-level image content in human visual cortex. He did his undergraduate at the University of Maryland, graduating 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. He is currently a postdoc in Baldwin Way’s Social Neurochemistry Lab at OSU. [email]

Samoni Nag Samoni Nag (lab manager 2016-2018)
Currently: PhD student in Psychology at George Washington Univ
Samoni  was lab manager from 2016-2018. She 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 is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in cognitive psychology at George Washington University with Steve Mitroff.

Anna Shafer-Skelton (lab manager 2014-2016)
Currently: PhD student in Psychology at UCSD
Anna was lab manager from 2014-2016.  She 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, PhD (lab manager 2012-2014)
Currently: Postdoc at Air Force Research Labs
Colin was lab manager from 2012-2014. 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. After OSU he then completed his Ph.D. in Cognitive Science at University of California: Irvine with Joachim Vandekerckhove, and is currently a postdoc at Air Force Research Labs.

Makaela Nartker (full-time research assistant 2017)
Currently: PhD student in Psychological and Brain Sciences at Johns Hopkins Univ
As an undergraduate at OSU, Makaela worked with Jim Todd investigating the perception of 3D shape from shading. She earned her B.A. in Psychology and Neuroscience in 2016, and was a research assistant in our lab in 2017 before taking a lab manager position in the Visual Attention Lab at Harvard Med School with Jeremy Wolfe. She is now a PhD student at Johns Hopkins with Chaz Firestone and Howard Egeth.

Anisha Babu (OSU ’20 Neuroscience Major; Honors Thesis student)
Currently:  PhD student in Psychology at University of Oregon
Anisha was an undergraduate researcher in our lab from 2016-2020, completing her honors thesis on the influence of statistical regularities on the Spatial Congruency Bias. Her interests are in the neural mechanisms of human memory. She is now a PhD student at University of Oregon with Brice Kuhl.

Emma Megla (OSU ’19 Neuroscience Major)
Currently:  Research Assistant / Lab Manager at Vanderbilt Univ (with Geoffrey Woodman)
Emma was an undergraduate researcher in our lab from 2018-2019, and was also a primary member of Ashleigh Maxcey’s lab, where  she completed her Honors Thesis. She is currently a full-time lab manager at Vanderbilt University in Geoffrey Woodman’s lab, and will be beginning as a PhD student at University of Chicago with Wilma Bainbridge..

Matt Heard (OSU ’17: Neuroscience major)
Currently: PhD student in Cognition & Neuroscience UT Dallas
Matt was an undergraduate researcher in our lab from 2016-2017, assisting with various fMRI studies. After graduating he took a research assistant position at Ohio State in the Speech, Language, & Music Lab with Yune Lee, and then began his PhD in Neuroscience at Ohio State. He moved with Yune Lee’s lab to UT Dallas in 2020.

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 Venegas (OSU ’15 Neuroscience major; Independent research student)
Currently: Technical Program Manager for eye-tracking research; Oculus (Facebook Reality Labs)