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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

Laura Paige is a second-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


Master's Students

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.


Wanbing Zhang

Postdoctoral Fellows

Jonathan Jackson is a postdoctoral fellow in the Aging, Culture, and Cognition lab. His research focuses on the individual and cultural effect of self- and other-focus on memorial and attentional processes. In particular, Jonathan Is interested in understanding how these effects interact with each other, as well as in healthy aging and Alzheimer disease. Through conjunctive exploration of behavior and neuroscience, he hopes to determine specific mechanisms by which memory can be improved. In his free time he enjoys his family, photography, gardening, baking, and ironing.

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


Lab Manager

Hunter Johndro is a 2015 graduate of the Pennsylvania State University where he earned a B.S. in Biology with a particular focus on Neuroscience and a Psychology Minor. At PSU, he was involved in fMRI-based research in the Cognitive Aging and Neuroimaging lab under the direction of Dr. Nancy Dennis. Hunter’s current research interests center broadly on human learning and memory processes and their relationship to self-perception and performance. He enjoys spending his free time outdoors, reading, and attempting to craft the perfect cheeseburger.  

hunterjohndro [at] brandeis [dot] edu

Rotation Students (From the Department of Neuroscience)

Undergraduate Honors Students

Jenny Crawford is a senior studying Neuroscience and Psychology at Brandeis University. After Brandeis, she hopes to pursue a PhD in Neuroscience. In her free time, Jenny enjoys to cook, travel, spend time with friends and family, and play the cello.


Ryn Flaherty


Lauryn Garner is a senior studying psychology at Brandeis University. She plans to continue to graduate school for clinical psychology and pursue a PhD in the field. Lauryn also interns at McLean Hospital, helping with research surrounding psychiatric illnesses and treatment outcome. Outside of the lab, Lauryn is a TA for Abnormal Psychology, a coordinator for Waltham Group's Hunger and Homelessness, and a member of the pottery club. 

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Alana Alves is a sophomore 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.

Kyra Borenstein is a senior studying Psychology and Anthropology at Brandeis University.  After Brandeis, she intends to pursue a PhD in Psychology.  While not in the lab or class, she does volunteer tutoring, is a TA for Intro to Psych, and plays on the Women's Ultimate Frisbee team. Kyra

Victoria Jonas is a senior studying Psychology and Women's and Gender Studies at Brandeis. She hopes to one day work in the field of trauma psychology. In her free time, Victoria enjoys painting, reading, spending time with friends and participating in Brandeis' Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance.

Sarah Lipitz is a sophomore 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.

Cindy Luu is a junior double-majoring in Neuroscience and Biology and minoring in Anthropology. She hopes to attend medical school in the future and become a neurologist. On her free time, Cindy enjoys listening to music, spending time with her friends, and exploring Boston. Cindy

Naomi Weinblatt is a junior at Brandeis University intending to major in psychology. After graduating, she plans to attend graduate school and earn her Ph.D. In her spare time, Naomi plays volleyball, reads, and teaches Sunday morning Hebrew school.

Lab Alumni


  • Hyeon-Nyeon Lee (2012)
  • Nicole Rosa (2013) is a college fellow at Harvard University
  • Margeaux Auslander (2013)
  • Brittany Cassidy (2014) is a post-doctoral fellow at Indiana University

Master's Degrees

  • Megan Limbert (2008)
  • Sarah Serbun (2009)
  • Sarah Huff (2012) is a PhD student at the University of Michigan
  • Chad Nussinow (2012)
  • Laura Ligouri (2013) is a technical assistant at MIT
  • Anna Carmichael (2014)

Postdoctoral Fellows

  • Janelle Beadle (2010-2011) is a visiting research fellow at the University of Iowa
  • Eric Leshikar (2011-2013) is a visiting assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago
Lab Managers
  • Jennifer Coleman (2008-2009) is a Ph.D. student in Counseling Psychology at VCU
  • Joanne Shih (2010-2012)
  • Pete Millar (2012-2014) is a Ph.D. student in Psychology at Washington University in St. Louis

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)
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)
  • 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