Lab Members


Caroline Hinkle ’14 (Arlington, Virginia)

clip_image002Carly is testing whether facets of cognition, including novelty processing,selective attention, and sustained attention, mediate the relationship between basal oxytocin levels and emotion processing in adults.

  • Favorite ion: magnesium
  • Favorite brain region: left parietal lobe
  • Favorite neurotransmitter: GABA
  • Favorite neuroscience term: delusions of grandeur
  • Favorite part of a neuron: Node of Ranvier
  • Favorite receptor: D1 dopamine receptor

Larisa Collins ’13 (Greenbrae, California)

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Larisa is researched whether brain-derived neurotrophic factor mediates the relationship between aerobic fitness and executive functioning in healthy adults.

  • Favorite ion: calcium
  • Favorite brain region: hippocampus
  • Favorite neurotransmitter: acetylcholine
  • Favorite neuroscience term: oligodendrocytes
  • Favorite part of a neuron: terminal button
  • Favorite receptor: ionotropic ligand-gated channel

Lauren Demers ’13 (Bethesda, Maryland)

Untitled2Lauren’s research examined whether individual differences in self-report and performance-based emotional intelligence are related to peripheral levels of serotonin and brain-derived neurotrophic factor.

  • Favorite ion: calcium
  • Favorite brain region: temporoparietal junction
  • Favorite neurotransmitter: oxytocin
  • Favorite neuroscience term: synesthesia
  • Favorite part of a neuron: axon hillock
  • Favorite receptor: mu-opioid receptor

Cherelle Connor ’13 (Miami, Florida)

Untitled3Using stimuli that blend human andmechanical features, Cherelle is explored whether individual differences in affective processing alter the parameters of the “uncanny valley” phenomenon.

  • Favorite ion: magnesium
  • Favorite brain region: ventral medial PFC
  • Favorite neurotransmitter: substance P
  • Favorite neuroscience term: vermis
  • Favorite part of a neuron: microtubule
  • Favorite receptor: cannabinoid receptor

Lindsey Gwynne ’13 (West Boxford, Massachusetts)

Untitled4Lindsey is investigated the clinical boundaries between orthorexia nervosa, anorexia nervosa, and obsessive-compulsive disorder by examining patterns of selective attention in an emotional Stroop task.

  • Favorite ion: calcium
  • Favorite brain region: hippocampus
  • Favorite neurotransmitter: dopamine
  • Favorite neuroscience term: node of Ranvier
  • Favorite part of a neuron: dendritic spine
  • Favorite receptor: mu-opioid receptor

Somi Yoon ’13 (Seoul, South Korea)

Untitled5Somi is pursued the question of whether patterns of inattention to positive stimuli seen in individuals with alexithymia are better explained by comorbid anhedonia.

  • Favorite ion: sodium
  • Favorite brain region: cingulate gyrus
  • Favorite neurotransmitter: acetylcholine
  • Favorite neuroscience term: rami communicantes
  • Favorite part of a neuron: vesicle
  • Favorite receptor: AMPA receptor

Laura Max ’13 (Garrett Park, Maryland)

Untitled6Laura’s research examined whether peripheral levels of oxytocin are associated with behavioral measures of social cognition in individuals characterized by schizotypy.

  • Favorite ion: calcium
  • Favorite brain region: hippocampus
  • Favorite neurotransmitter: dopamine
  • Favorite neuroscience term: prosopagnosia
  • Favorite part of a neuron: dendritic spines
  • Favorite receptor: NMDA receptor