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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


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

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

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

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 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.


Maddie Dolins

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
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

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), 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 

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