ACC Lab Apple Picking 2015

Lab Members and Information

Principal Investigator

Angela Gutchess is a psychology professor at Brandeis University as well as a visiting scientist at the Martinos Center at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Charlestown. Her research interests include studying the interactions among aging, culture and cognition using behavioral and fMRI methods. The courses she teaches at Brandeis include Introduction to Psychology, Research Methods and Laboratory in Psychology, Social Neuroscience and Culture, and Human Memory. When not working, she enjoys volunteering through Boston Cares and traveling. 

gutchess [at] brandeis [dot] edu || Current CV


Ph.D. Students

John Ksander

Dan Levin is a current master's student in the ACC Lab. In 2008, he received a B.A. in English Literature from Emmanuel College. He taught in the special education field from 2008 to 2013, during which time he developed his current research interests in autism, memory, and cognition. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, playing sports, and eating buffalo chicken.

Laura Paige is a fourth-year Ph.D. student in the Brain, Body, and Behavior program. She graduated from Boston College in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in neuroscience and a minor in French, and again in 2013 with a master's degree in cognitive psychology. Her research focuses on the influence of misinformation in the frequency of false memories, previously using both behavioral and EEG methods. Currently, she is interested in how influential misinformation is when presented in a social context, particularly within and across cultures. In her free time, Laura enjoys running, napping, grocery shopping, and Disney World.

paigel [at] brandeis [dot] edu


Eileen Rasmussen graduated from the University of Massachusetts Boston in 2013 with a B.A. in Psychology. At UMB she worked as a research assistant in an applied neuropsychology lab investigating psychopathy and disadvantageous, risky decision making. She completed her own study entitled “Emotion and decision-making in a college student sample” for an honor’s thesis.  After UMB, Eileen worked as a lab manager in the Cognitive Aging Lab at Georgetown University, where she assisted and became involved with numerous studies examining behavioral, neural, and genetic factors involved with implicit learning throughout the course of aging. Eileen's future research interests in the Aging, Culture, and Cognition lab include socio-emotional processing, social memory, trustworthiness and aging.

Eileen Rasmussen

Master's Students

Wanbing Zhang is a second-year Master's student. She received a B.S. in Psychology from University of Minnesota Twin Cities under the guidance of Dr. Wilma Koutstaal. She is interested in developing prevention strategies for age-related memory loss, and ways to maintain the health of higher-order cognitive functions such as decision making and socioemotional judgment. She wish to pursue a doctoral degree after finishing the master's program. In her leisure time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, and cuddling her cat, Sugar.



Christine Talbot is a master’s student in the neuroscience program. She graduated from Dickinson College with a B.S. in neuroscience and a minor in health studies. From 2013-2016 she focused on microscopy work, but then the call to resume working with people grew too strong to ignore. Her research interests include using neuroimaging techniques to study learning and memory. Outside of the lab, Christine enjoys gardening, taking aimless walks, and eating as many cupcakes as she can.

Christine Talbot

Yuchen Song

Postdoctoral Fellows

Lab Manager


Rotation Students (From the Department of Neuroscience)

Undergraduate Honors Students

Isabelle Moore is a senior double majoring in neuroscience and psychology. After Brandeis, she intends to pursue a PhD in neuroscience. Outside of the lab, she enjoys dog walking, yoga, and spending time with friends.

Isabelle Moore

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Alana Alves is a junior from the Boston area majoring in psychology. After graduating, she plans to attend graduate school in the field of clinical psychology and purse a research and clinically oriented career. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with friends and family, and catching up on TV shows.


Selen Amado

Maddie Dolins

Sarah Dublin

Sarah Lipitz is a junior from rural PA double majoring in neuroscience and psychology. She's also very involved in music on campus and performs in several ensembles. In her free time, Sarah likes to horseback ride, belly dance, catch up on Doctor Who, cook, and spend time with friends.


Nicole Porter is a sophomore from New Jersey who is currently studying Neuroscience.  After graduating, she hopes to attend a graduate school and pursue a career in healthcare.  In her spare time, Nicole enjoys reading, dancing, and spending times with friends.

Chloe Newlon is a junior who hails from Montana who is currently studying computer science and psychology. After graduation she plans to take a break before heading off to graduate school to continue to explore the field of human research. In her free time she enjoys boxing, playing ice hockey, swing dancing, reading, and playing video games.  Chloe Newlon


Lab Alumni


  • Hyeon-Nyeon Lee (2012)
  • Nicole Rosa (2013), Assistant Professor of Psychology, Worcester State University
  • Margeaux Auslander (2013), Research Coordinator at the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine
  • Brittany Cassidy (2014), Post-Doctoral Fellow, Indiana University

Master's Degrees

  • Megan Limbert (2008)
  • Sarah Serbun (2009)
  • Sarah Huff (2012), Ph.D. Student, University of Michigan
  • Chad Nussinow (2012)
  • Laura Ligouri (2013), Technical Assistant at MIT
  • Anna Carmichael (2014) , Ph.D. Student, Monash University, Australia
  • Irina Orlovsky (2014), Research Fellow, US Research Institute of Envrionmental Medicine

Postdoctoral Fellows

  • Janelle Beadle (2010-2011), Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska Omaha
  • Eric Leshikar (2011-2013), Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Jonathan Jackson (2013-2015), Research Fellow, Neurology, Harvard Medical School
Lab Managers
  • Jennifer Coleman (2008-2009), Ph.D. Student, Counseling Psychology, VCU
  • Joanne Shih (2010-2012)
  • Pete Millar (2012-2014), Ph.D. Student, Psychology, Washington University in St. Louis
  • John Ksander (2014-2015), Ph.D. Student, Psychology, Brandeis University 
  • Hunter Johndro (2015-2016), Ph.D. Student, Psychology, Tufts University

Rotation Students

  • Trent Judis (2012-2013)
  • Tammy Hsieh (2013)
  • Joseph Wachutka (2013)

Undergraduate Honors Students

  • Ro'ee Gilron (2009)
  • Allie Indeck (2009)
  • Ayala Hamami (2010)
  • Maya Siegel (2010)
  • Aliza Schwartz (2011)
  • Joseph Polex Wolf (2011)
  • Jessie Nusbaum (2012)
  • Gabe Colton (2013)
  • Lauren Grewal (2013)
  • Alexander Sheehan (2013)
  • Abby Vigderman (2013)
  • Liat Zabludovsky (2013)
  • Jung Park (2014)
  • Jenny Crawford (2015), Research Assistant, Yale University
  • Lauryn Garner (2015), Research Assistant, McLean Hospital
  • Ryn Flaherty (2015)
Undergraduate Research Assistants (partial list)
  • Avi Aizenman
  • Tanvi Bahuguna
  • Raquel Bubar
  • Deborah Chamama
  • Brian Dahlben
  • Nasia Frattaroli
  • Tali Friedland
  • Becca Glanz
  • Allen Gold
  • Gina Gotthilf
  • Christine Hosey
  • Manon Ironside (Eckerd College)
  • Victoria Jonas, Research Assistant, MGH
  • Sapir Karli
  • Todd Kirkland
  • Rebekah Lafontant
  • Rozi Levi
  • Leah Levy
  • Alina Liu
  • Shirley Lo
  • Karan Malik
  • Ariel Milan-Polisar
  • Wei Yee Mooi
  • Olivia Pobiel
  • Shanny Shmuel
  • Becky Sokal
  • Akash Vadalia
  • Liz Zharovsky
  • Rachel Zisman